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. The 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 contact our team to make an appointment. 

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 student ideas competition with a twist, The Entrepreneurial Quest. Taking place in the spring each year the Quest consists of three short pitches for amazing prizes.

In the course of one evening expert judges help student participants 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 13th 2018.  Taking part is easy, simply:

1. Attend the compulsory information event on Thursday 1st March 2018 at 17:30 by registering here

2. Complete our very simple application form and send it to us at by Friday 9th March (making sure to have read the Terms and Conditions of the competition!). The form and T&C’s will be made available here soon.

3. Take the ‘Quest' on March 13th 2018 between 4pm-7pm.

Lunch with a Leader

Returning for a second year, ‘Lunch with a Leader’ is an initiative aiming to facilitate engagement between students and Scottish businesses, furthering understanding and awareness of entrepreneurship and enterprise. Up to three interested students will be selected to attend a lunch with a local entrepreneur/business leader at the Stirling Court Hotel during the months of October, November, February, March and April.

By attending any Student Enterprise Programme workshops or events in a given month, students gain automatic entry to be selected for that month’s Lunch with a Leader. Alternatively, students can enter 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


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 or apply please contact us at

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 much support and 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 access their websites and/or email for more information or to speak with a member of our team.



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