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Student Enterprise

The Student 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 Research and Innovation Services, the Student Enterprise Programme consists of skill-building workshops, informative events, competitions, an accelerator Scheme (SEED), mentorship, and incubation opportunities. The Student Enterprise Programme supports students to develop their ideas, acquire new skills, build confidence and contribute to the enterprising and innovative culture on campus.

Connect with Student Enterprise

One-to-one mentorship

The Student Enterprise Programme provides a full advisory service covering all aspects of idea development, 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 delivers a variety of skill-building workshops and events over the academic year. For more information and/or to register for our upcoming events please click here.

SEED

The Student Enterprise Programme is launching a new strand of activities for academic year 2018/19. Sponsored by Santander Universities, SEED (Student Enterprise Enhanced Development) will provide 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 law, HR, accountancy and marketing;
  • Masterclasses;
  • Workshops;
  • One-to-one mentorship;
  • Certificate of participation; and
  • Hours towards My Stirling Award.

For more information about SEED, email studententerprise@stir.ac.uk.

SEED Masterclasses are an exciting opportunity to hear from professionals in the fields of HR, law, accountancy 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.

Competitions

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 Thursday 14 March, 2019. Taking part is easy, simply:

  • Attend the compulsory information event on Thursday the 28th of February 2019 at 17:30 by registering here
  • Complete our very simple application form and send it to us at studententerprise@stir.ac.uk by Sunday 10th of 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.
  • Take the ‘Quest' on Thursday the 14th March 2019 between 4pm-7pm.

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 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 studententerprise@stir.ac.uk with a short (max 100 words) statement answering why are you hungry to talk entrepreneurship?

Incubator

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 studententerprise@stir.ac.uk.

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 here.

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 studententerprise@stir.ac.uk for more information or to speak with a member of our team.

Get in touch

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

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