Reimagine entrepreneurship

Want to start your own business, but don’t know
where to begin?

We launched our Business Incubator in July 2018. Opened by The Duke of York, the Incubator provides a free and safe harbour for early stage businesses to validate their ideas and identify suitable markets for their products. 

Companies are provided desk space in our fully equipped offices, plus training, workshops, and mentors. The Incubator is currently housing a range of firms, from marketing to construction to energy, reflecting Edinburgh Business School’s multidisciplinary approach towards entrepreneurship education and business support.

We’re looking for new businesses.

Join our second intake of entrepreneurs in January 2019.

Apply to be part of our Business Incubator.

Your firm could be at any stage of a start-up, from proof of concept, to early trading.
We welcome any industry sector, including social and charity-based enterprises.
Anyone can apply to join, providing they aren’t in full-time education.
Read our FAQs here.

Return your completed application form to incubator@ebs.hw.ac.uk by Friday 30 November, 5pm.

Download application form (word)

Find out more about the businesses within our Incubator.

Our residents include:

A Place in Childhood (APiC)

A Place in Childhood (APiC) is a Scottish charitable incorporated organisation that promotes and implements inclusive child-friendly environments through a triad of practice based research, advocacy and action. Underpinned by the UN Convention on the rights of the child, our team of we put children at the heart of everything we do   Access to inclusive child-friendly environments is a fundamental right, and is proven to reduce stress, improve mental and physical health, aid learning and promote creativity and innovation. 

We distil the outcomes of our combined research with local knowledge derived from our own participatory practice, to facilitate an open source knowledge network and consultancy services to better shape our young citizen’s environments

 

Read more about A Place in Childhood (APiC)

HeadSpace Design

HeadSpace Design is a unique startup that specialises in designing innovations to improve the lives of people living with dementia. Currently, HeadSpace Design is developing an innovative assistive technology solution that could ultimately keep people living with dementia living happier, more independent lives in their own homes for longer.

Winning their first award in 2014, HeadSpace Design initially started as an innovative landscape architecture company; designing dementia-friendly landscapes, sensory gardens, and outdoor spaces. This has led to the company's first dementia-friendly garden being designed, and is currently under construction in Calderglen Country Park in East Kilbride. 

Read more about HeadSpace Design

Inventapod Ltd

Finding space to be creative can be challenging, especially in compact city living. At inventapod we want to encourage people’s creativity and provide a space solution to this issue. The inventapod is a sleekly designed portable unit that will convert any table in your home into a creative work space. Made from slotted aluminium sections and encased in a laser-cut acrylic sheet, it encompasses your screen, power unit, and storage pockets. When packed away it’s small enough to store in a bookcase, helping you make the most of your space.

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Loft Boarding Scotland Ltd

Loft Boarding Scotland Ltd was set up in June 2017 to address the chronic shortage of storage in new homes. We fit flooring, ladders and lighting to your loft. 

LoftZone is the only raised storage flooring product currently available which is approved by the British Board of Agrément and so does not affect your new home warranty. Installations usually take only a day or two, depending on the size of the property. Our courteous tradesmen are highly skilled and fully-insured professionals, who will leave your installation clean, tidy and guaranteed for five years.

Read more about Loft Boarding Scotland

Meander Apparel

Meander Apparel is a clothing company for commuter cyclists and outdoor lovers that launched in May 2018 on crowdfunding platform, Indiegogo.  

The Meander jacket is perfect for a cycle commute into work or wearing out around town.  Fabric is sourced from a sustainable Italian mill in Lake Como and is lightweight, waterproof and breathable with reflectivity that can be seen when you want it and folded away when you don't. It conveniently packs away into a rucksack, messenger or saddle bag. The brands mission is to simplify life by creating sustainable multi-purpose clothing with equal measures of style and functionality. 

Read more about Meander Apparel

Our Nuptial Chest

Our Nuptial Chest is a digital service that enables a cash gift registry (a gift registry that accepts cash as an alternative to receiving traditional wedding gift items) for intending couples.

Many couples already live together before tieing the know, making gifts such as kettles and toasters unnecessary. Our Nuptial Chest gives the opportunity for couples to state major items they would like to purchase (e.g. a honeymoon experience) then guests can gift you as much (or little) as they want. Couples will be notified with the name of the giver, amount given, and their contact details. All sums received on behalf of each couple is deposited into their stated account on their wedding day. Just like a wedding present!

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Torehill Ltd

Torehill is a marketing strategy consultancy based in Edinburgh. We advise clients on marketing strategy, communications and planning. Our mission is to help our clients achieve long-term growth and return on marketing investment. We drive growth for SMEs and ambitious high-growth start-ups in the technology, property and retail sectors. Combined, we have over 45 years of experience working with premium clients including Nissan, BT, Accenture, BMW, Tesco Bank and Sainsbury. 
 
Christine Babington Smith is the founder of Torehill. She is a marketing expert with experience of TV, press, radio, cinema and digital.  

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TownRock Energy

TownRock Energy (TRE) is the geothermal energy specialist for Scotland. TRE provide products and services to enable clients to generate profit and reduce emissions by generating thermal energy from flooded coal mines and aquifers.
 
Our clients are housing developers, land owners, heat off-takers (universities, distilleries, etc) and engineering consultancies.
 
The primary product we offer is the pre-feasibility study, which provides an overview of the business case for installing a geothermal heating and cooling system customized for a specific site and energy demand. This is followed by a feasibility study, for which we help our clients access financial support when appropriate, and finally an investment grade business case for the project which leads to financing, contracting and construction.

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Turtle Pack

Turtle Pack is a fun swimming aid designed for children aged 3-6.  Developed by a multi-award winning swim instructor, it makes learning to swim turtally AWESOME. Turtle Pack consists of an easily adjustable neoprene vest with an EVA turtle shell attached to the back.

As the child’s confidence and coordination improves in the water, the buoyancy can be easily reduced by removing segments of the shell. The child’s arms are free so they can swim with no restrictions and provides the correct horizontal body position. The progressive aspect challenges the swimmer to work harder and visually rewards them each time a shell is removed. Most importantly, with its creative design, Turtle Pack is fun to use.

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