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Do you have a business idea with potential? Would you like to start up your own company?

Undergraduates, postgraduates and recent graduates can get the direction and support they need to set up in business from our Commercialisation team. 

We provide:

  • introduction to relevant business services
  • help with applications to acceleration programmes
  • mentoring
  • intellectual property advice
  • hot-desk and business incubation space


As a first step, send a few sentences on your idea to book an appointment with our Head of Enterprise Services, Johnny Mone,

Case Study

Developing the African Webspace

Entrepreneur Chidozie Obi-Okoye set up FingersFingers after graduating with an MA in Music: Innovation and Entrepeneurship at UWS. The company’s first product, Gombolola, is a dedicated search and social mobile application that aims to keep Africans connected with African businesses while abroad. It’s now live in six UK cities. The aim is to be active in all major Europe and North American cities within two years.

UWS supported the launch of FingersFingers – helping Chidozie to obtain a student entrepreneurial visa, and providing support through the accelerator programme, Enterprise Campus. Chidozie pays tribute to UWS’s part in establishing the business, including “ongoing financial and priceless mentoring support”.

Due to UWS's support, I have been able to launch and grow FingersFingers faster than initially projected.
Chidozie Obi-Okoye

Further support

  • Scottish Institute for Enterprise - Support and mentoring for students, free business advice, and events and workshops across Scotland.
  • Entrepreneurial Spark - Business accelerator for early stage and growing ventures, with programmes to challenge and develop entrepreneurs. 
  • The Prince’s Trust - Business support for 18 to 30 year olds, from training and mentoring support to funding and resources. 
  • Business Gateway - Information and support on starting a business, with local workshops and events throughout Scotland.
  • Jobs and Business Glasgow - Access to funding, business workshops, networking opportunities and other services to support business ideas.
  • Cultural Enterprise Office - Support for setting up a business in the creative industries.
  • First Port - Support for setting up a social enterprise in Scotland, including the Start it Award: up to £5,000 start-up costs to pilot your idea.
  • Self-employment guides - Help and support from HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on self-employment.
  • Tax guides - E-learning packages on tax issues for your business.
  • Climate Launchpad - the world’s largest green business ideas competition.
  • EIT Climate-KIC - a European knowledge and innovation community, working to accelerate the transition to a zero-carbon economy. 
  • RBS's Entrepreneur Accelerators - Accelerator, Pre-Accelerator, and Fintech Accelerator are available via 12 hubs across the UK and are fully funded. They are designed to empower entrepreneurs with unique coaching, environments, digital learning and networks to take any business further, faster.
Last updated: 05/09/2017

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