Business Innovation Zone

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.

We currently have over 55 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, Quenchable and S'Wheat are all Scottish EDGE winners, and Health Design Collective was runner up in the 2018 Converge Challenge Social Enterprise Category. Our creative entrepreneurs write and produce five-star, sell-out shows and have won competitions like the Scottish Arts Club Bright Sparks Award. Find our more about our tenants.

Who can join The BIZ?

  • Staff, current students and recent graduates who have an innovative idea which they would like to develop further. This includes people who choose to become a freelancer, or those who have decided to start a business. 

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
  •  Funding opportunities
  • Workshops
  • Networking and mentoring opportunities through our Strategic Partners
  • QMU business address
  • Meeting and desk space within the Business Innovation Zone
  • Ad-hoc access to rehearsal space
  • Access to film and media facilities (subject to the completion of the appropriate Film Production modules at Levels 3 and 4
  • Continued close association with QMU

 How do I join The BIZ?

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


Entrepreneurship Support

Business Innovation Zone and Entrepreneurship enquiries please get in touch.

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Entrepreneurship Support

Miriam Smith Innovation and Enterprise Manager 0131 474 0000
07872 128 688