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Innovation & Enterprise

The Enterprise Programme supports students and recent graduates to develop their innovative business ideas and entrepreneurial/intrapreneurial skills for the future world of work.

Develop your skills

Operated by the Innovation and Enterprise team, within Research and Innovation Services, the Enterprise Programme consists of skill-building workshops, informative events, competitions, an accelerator scheme (SEED), mentorship, and incubation opportunities within the University of Stirling Innovation Park (SUIP).  The Enterprise Programme supports students and qualifying graduates to develop their ideas, acquire new skills, build confidence and contribute to the enterprising and innovative culture on campus.

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One-to-one mentorship

The Enterprise Programme provides a full advisory service covering all aspects of idea development, business creation and support.  Students and qualifying graduates with an idea, start-up or desire to explore entrepreneurial activity can contact our team to make an appointment. To book, simply email us at

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Workshops and events

The Enterprise Programme delivers a variety of skill-building workshops and events over the academic year. For more information or to register for our upcoming events, please go to Eventbrite.


Sponsored by Santander Universities, we are delighted to deliver SEED (Student Enterprise Enhanced Development) which is now in its second year. SEED provides a structured pathway for developing enhanced enterprise skills, gained from expert guidance and professional advice, which will prepare students to develop and launch a professional and well-considered business idea. SEED consists of:

  • a unique year-long development programme
  • individual professional advisory services in the fields of accountancy, HR, law, and marketing
  • masterclasses
  • workshops
  • one-to-one mentorship
  • certification of participation
  • hours towards My Stirling Award

For more information about SEED, email

SEED Masterclasses are an exciting opportunity to hear from professionals in the fields of accountancy, HR, law, and marketing. The exclusive masterclasses are open for any student to attend, and will be particularly beneficial for those studying a degree in the relevant discipline.

The closing date for applications for the 2019/2020 SEED Programme has now passed.


The 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.

Entrepreneurial Quest 2020

The Entrepreneurial Quest 2020 will take place on the afternoon and evening of Thursday 12 March 2020. Please note that all interested students and eligible graduates must register and attend the mandatory Quest Information Session on Thursday 27 February 2020 at 5.30pm in order to participate in the competition. Register now for the Quest Information session.

If you have any further questions, please email

Lunch with a Leader

Returning for a third 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, January, February and March.

By attending any 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 the question "Why are you hungry to talk entrepreneurship?"


The Enterprise incubator (The Hive), based at University of Stirling Innovation Park, and with generous support from the Santander Universities programme, offers Stirling students and qualifying graduates free office accommodation, professional advice, mentoring, business support services and much more.

The incubator has successfully helped many start-up businesses. 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

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Stirling University Innovation Park

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.

Other support and 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.

Start-up visa

The Tier 1 Start-up scheme is designed to support early-stage and high potential entrepreneurs to start a business in the UK for the first time. The University of Stirling is an endorsing body and will accept applications for this scheme from University of Stirling graduates.

Students aiming to move onto this visa following completion of their studies must attend at least three of the Enterprise Programme workshops to develop their ideas and understanding of entrepreneurship, and discussed their business idea with a member of the enterprise team during the six months prior to an application being developed

  • The next Start-up visa Endorsement Panel will be held on 22 September 2020.
  • Please contact the Innovation & Enterprise Team for further information on how to apply.
  • Application deadline 04 August 2020.

All queries relating to the Start-up visa should be directed to the Innovation & Enterprise Team:

Queries regarding your visa application should be sent to

Get in touch

Any questions? Contact the Innovation and Enterprise team and we'd be happy to answer them. 

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