Develop your business idea

The Enterprise Programme provides opportunities and support for emerging founders to develop their ideas and create commercially viable business models.

Our programme is open to eligible students, staff, and alumni.

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About Launch Stream

  • Access our in-house and partner expertise
  • Apply to SEED, our pre-accelerator bootcamp
  • Converge: working collaboratively to inspire and empower business ideas
  • Women in Business programme
  • UK visa routes for entrepreneurship

Get your idea off the ground with 1-2-1 business advice

We provide a full advisory service covering all aspects of idea development, business creation and growth. Staff, students, and qualifying alumni with an idea, new business venture or desire to explore research commercialisation, can arrange a 1-2-1 appointment all year round.

Develop your idea on our StirLaunch Bootcamp

StirLaunch is our pre-accelerator bootcamp offering skill-building, company creation education and support to a small cohort of eligible aspiring green founders over a seven-week period. 

Are you passionate about developing your sustainable business idea? Have you been attending our open Develop Stream workshops and believe you have a viable business model? Then StirLaunch could be just what you need to accelerate the development of your promising venture! 

Running in spring 2024, StirLaunch consists of weekly training sessions, peer-to-peer learning, business advice and access to enhanced support. You’ll also be part of a tight-knit community of like-minded aspiring founders. 

Online applications for the 2024 StirLaunch cohort will open shortly. The programme will run over seven weeks with activities taking place both in-person and online. 

Successful applicants should be available for approximately three hours each week over the programme's duration. The programme is open to applications from individuals and teams with any type of business venture (this includes social, community, and creative enterprises in addition to for-profit business models). 

For full details about the StirLaunch 2024 cohorts and eligibility criteria, please email for an informal conversation. 

Women in Business programme

Are you a woman with child(ren) or caring responsibilities considering starting your own business? If so, the University of Stirling invites you to apply to the online Women in Business programme.

Women in Business


The Enterprise Programme works collaboratively with Converge, whose purpose is to inspire, empower and equip staff, students and recent graduates of all Scottish universities to springboard their business ideas into commercial reality.

Converge train 100 aspiring founders each year, through four Challenge categories tailored to developing businesses across all sectors and at various stages of development.  They provide participants with the tools, confidence and validation to turn pioneering ideas into viable businesses through intensive business training, 1-2-1 support, generous equity-free cash prizes and expert, professional advice from a roster of industry partners.

If you’re an innovative thinker with a great idea for a business or want to find a way to commercialise your research, let the Enterprise and Converge teams support your aspirations. For information on upcoming training opportunities at the University of Stirling, please email and visit Converge for full details of their offering.

Get inspired by the academic entrepreneurial stories of Converge alumni with the Converge Challenge podcasts.

UK visa routes for entrepreneurship

The UKVI has recently changed visa routes for entrepreneurs, including ending the Start-up visa route.  For international students and alumni interested in self-employment or starting a business in the UK, please visit UKVI’s website for detailed information or contact the University of Stirling’s Student Immigration and Visa Services Team to inquire about the Graduate visa route.

Contact us

Get in touch with the Enterprise team if you have any queries.