Grow your business

Launch and grow your business as part of our community of incubated and alumni founders.

Have you developed your business idea, attended our open Develop Stream workshops or met with our business advisor? Are you ready to take your business to the next level?

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Join a vibrant community of responsible start-ups

  • The Hive is our on-campus dedicated business incubator.
  • The Early Growth Club connects a supportive network of like-minded alumni founders.

Open via application to eligible students, staff, recent alumni and community members through Scotland’s International Environment Centre (SIEC), the Enterprise Programme provides a unique campus-based incubation offering where founders benefit from funded co-working space and comprehensive wrap-around support.

For those further down the line, our Early Growth Club provides a supportive network of like-minded alumni founders and regular networking opportunities to keep you connected.

The Hive – incubation to launch and grow

Based on campus at the University of Stirling Innovation Park (SUIP), The Hive is the institution’s dedicated business incubator, a co-working space with wrap-around support to enable the launch and growth of responsible start-ups of all kinds. As part of our vibrant community of incubated founders, ‘incubees’ benefit from the following perks:

  • Dedicated desk and storage within The Hive’s co-working space.
  • Free coffee – any time, all the time.
  • Access to free wifi, office equipment, and 3D printer.
  • Exclusive funding opportunities through Santander Universities UK.
  • Funded professional advisory services.
  • Funded access to legal advice from Brodies LLP.
  • Monthly 1-2-1 business advisory meetings.
  • Investor-readiness sessions.
  • Monthly training events.
  • Monthly 'Hosted@TheHive' ecosystem events.

Championing the University’s ethos, The Hive encourages founders to make a difference in their communities and wider society by embedding sustainable and responsible business practices.

The Hive is currently welcoming applications for rolling three-month residencies from founders of social, community, and creative enterprises in addition to for-profit business models.

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Students working in the Hive

Connect with the Enterprise team