The Business Innovation Zone is located in the heart of QMU, on the 1st floor overlooking the 1875 restaurant.  It is home to the on-campus Business Gateway team - the only one of its kind - who partner QMU in The BIZ, a unique programme of practical business support and mentoring for enterprising staff, students and recent alumni.

About The BIZ

The BIZ encourages and nurtures QMU's aspiring entrepreneurs and innovators.  We currently have over 40 start-ups in theatre and film production, healthcare, and food and drink companies. More than half are founded or co-founded by women.  Many of them are award winners.  Fodilicious and Quenchable are both Scottish Edge Winners, Health Design Collective were 2018 Converge Challenge Social Enterprise Runners Up.  Our creative entrepreneurs write and produce five star, sell-out shows and have been nominated for (and won!) competitions like the Scottish Arts Club Bright Sparks award.

Who can join The BIZ? 

  • Current and graduating students who choose to start their working lives as a freelancer or have decided to start a business. There are incentives and support for those who set up as a social enterprise or Community Interest Company. 
  • Staff, current students and recent graduates who have an innovative idea with potential which they would like to develop further

What are the benefits of joining The BIZ?

  • One-to-one appointments with a business advisor through the Business Gateway
  • Support in entering competitions, e.g. Scottish EDGE, Scottish Institute for Enterprise and Converge Challenge
  • Maximising funding opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities through our Strategic Partnerships
  • QMU business address
  • Meeting and desk space within the Business Innovation Zone
  • Access to ad-hoc rehearsal space and editing facilities
  • Profile for your company on our website
  • Continued close association with QMU

 How do I join The BIZ?

  • Start the application process by getting in touch using our contact details

 

Have a look at our Inspiring Entrepreneurs Exhibition

Entrepreneurship Support

Business Innovation Zone and Entrepreneurship enquiries please get in touch.

Show Contacts

Entrepreneurship Support

Miriam Smith Business Development Manager
0131 474 0000
07872 128 688
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