Strathclyde University is to offer every student and staff member entrepreneurship training and opportunities under a new initiative aimed at developing the enterprise culture.
The flagship entrepreneurship program, Strathclyde Inspire, will see the development of an Entrepreneurship Hub in the heart of Glasgow City Innovation District.
There will also be a £7.5 million investment fund for companies started by students, staff, alumni and partners, and the introduction of Senior Enterprise Fellows from business and industry to encourage and support the next generation of entrepreneurs.
The plans were revealed as the university launched its five-year Entrepreneurship Strategy to 2025 during Global Entrepreneurship Week.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of the University, said: “Our new Strathclyde Inspire program builds on our strong track record for entrepreneurship education, research and practice.
“It will enable us to grow our community of innovation leaders and further empower our staff, students and alumni, whether they want to set up or grow a business, bring new thinking to an existing one, or enhance the impact and reach of their research.”
Strathclyde Inspire has four key areas of activity: Developing Entrepreneurial Mindsets; Identifying and Supporting Entrepreneurial Talent; Empowering Entrepreneurs; and, Scaling Innovation-Driven Enterprises.
It will see a diverse program of events to provide new and existing entrepreneurs with opportunities for learning, networking and collaborating, including the launch of an Innovation, Creativity and Entrepreneurship module option.
This will be rolled out to all undergraduates; dedicated postgraduate entrepreneurship courses; and a free online ‘MOOC’ course will be made available for all.
A dedicated Entrepreneurship Hub will become the focal point of Strathclyde Inspire on campus, in a new building being planned close to the University’s £89 million Technology and Innovation Centre at the heart of Scotland’s first Innovation District.
It will also support start-ups with opportunities for funding and dedicated space where they can access advisors, meeting space and hot-desking facilities, and provide one-to-one support to help talented entrepreneurs with the next stage of venture creation and growth.