Student Enterprise

The Student Enterprise Programme supports students to develop skills for entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship.

The Student Enterprise Programme, operated by Research & Innovation Services, consists of skill-building workshops, informative events, competitions, mentorship and incubation opportunities. Student Enterprise Programme supports students to develop their skills for the future world of work, build confidence and contribute to the enterprising and innovative culture on campus.

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One-to-one Mentorship

The Student Enterprise Programme provide a full advisory service covering all aspects of enterprise, business creation and support.  Students with an idea, start-up or desire to explore entrepreneurial activity can book a one to one session with our Student Enterprise Manager.  

To book simply email us

Workshops and Events

The Student Enterprise Programme hold various different workshops and events.  Please see our upcoming events and how to get involved here.




The Student Enterprise Programme runs an annual enterprise competition The Entrepreneurial Quest which takes place in the Spring each year.

In the course of one evening expert judges help the students to navigate the three-stage Quest by sharing their professional advice in the areas of marketing, finance and business planning.  Winners are awarded an exciting package of support, including access to incubation , and the chance to progress to represent the University at the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards, competing for a share of their impressive national prize pot.

The next Entrepreneurial Quest takes place on the evening of March 15th 2017.  Taking part is easy, simply:

1. Join the information event on Thursday 2nd March 2017 at 17:30 by registering here

2. Complete our very simple application form and send it to us at by Monday 13th March (making sure to have read the Terms and Conditions of the competition!)

3. Take 'The Quest' on March 15th 2017 between 4pm-7pm.

Lunch with a Leader

Launching in September 2016 ‘Lunch with a Leader’, is an initiative aiming to facilitate engagement between students and Scottish businesses, furthering understanding and awareness of entrepreneurship and enterprise. Each month up to three interested students will be selected to attend a lunch with a local entrepreneur/business leader at the Stirling Court Hotel.

By attending any Student Enterprise Programme workshops or events in a given month students gain automatic entry into that months draw for Lunch with a Leader. Alternatively, students can apply to be entered into the draw by emailing with a short (max 100 words) statement answering Why are you hungry to talk entrepreneurship?

Queries about Lunch with a Leader should be emailed to

Lunch with a Leader has been made possible by the University of Stirling Vice Chancellors Fund.


The Student Enterprise incubator (The Hive), based at University of Stirling Innovation Park, and with generous support from the Santander Universities programme, offers Stirling students free office accommodation, professional advice, mentoring, business support services and much more. The incubator has successfully helped many student businesses to get started.  Access to the incubator for the period of one year is awarded as the prize at our annual Entrepreneurial Quest competition and shorter term access is available by open application during the year.  To find out more please contact us and to apply for space, simply complete this form and return to

Enterprise Zone

With support from some of the most successful business owners in Britain, our bespoke space in the heart of the new library has a growing reputation for business support. The zone is used by a wide variety of businesses and groups helping our students with seminars, workshops, events and a range of other initiatives designed to take them to their next level.


Stirling University Innovation Park (SUIP)

The Stirling University Innovation Park (SUIP) situated on campus gives innovative companies and organisations the perfect business location. Find out more about the Stirling University Innovation Park here

Other Support & Competitions

We work in collaboration with a number of enterprise support agencies to ensure students have as many opportunities as possible to pursue their ideas. For more information on the support and competitions each organisation can offer, please use links below to their websites, talk to our Student Enterprise Manager or email for more information.



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