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Venture Builder Incubator 5.0 Applications

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University of Edinburgh Venture Builder Incubator

Applications are now open.

Early Bird Applications are open! Apply by midnight on Monday 10 June to receive feedback and the chance to resubmit. The final deadline for applications is midnight on Monday 15 July.

The Venture Builder Incubator is perfect for PhD students, postgraduate research staff and recent alumni who are interested in building a startup based upon their data-driven research, idea or know-how.

This 5-month programme provides the framework - the skills, knowledge and networks - required to validate the commercial potential of disruptive ideas in all sectors.

Benefits include:

  • Funding: access to a share of £100K
  • Designed to accommodate existing study/work commitments
  • Open to solo founders as well as teams
  • Sector-specific sessions - e.g. health and social care, solutions driven by robotics and autonomous systems
  • One-to-one support
  • Links to mentors and investors 
  • Access to the Bayes Centre community and hot-desking space
  • The University of Edinburgh’s data expertise and wider entrepreneurial ecosystem, and industry champions including Barclays Eagle Labs.  
  • Be part of a vibrant community looking to create impact.


Postgraduate students, researchers and academic staff, as well as recent alumni of the University of Edinburgh are welcome to apply with ideas in all sectors with a digital or science-based component be it software or hardware.

Support for Health and Social Care Innovations

Thanks to our ongoing partnership with Cancer Research Horizons, and additional funding from Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme, funded by UK Government, applications are welcome from researchers from across the country with data-driven innovations focused on cancer and non-infectious health conditions to join the programme.

The Application Form

Please note when you start the application the system WILL NOT automatically autosave. If you would like to work on your application before submitting it you can download it as a Word document clicking on the 'Download Form Template' below.

Any questions? Contact Mary Hardie

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