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Converge challenge

Whether you’re a student, recent graduate, or academic, Converge can provide you with the skills, support, guidance, and funding to springboard your big idea from concept to reality.

Venture competition

Venture competition – currently closed

All students, staff, and recent graduates can enter this £78,500 (2024 award) competition for new business ideas. On the final day of the competition, a public audience will vote for the best pitches. There are eight prize fund categories, and winners will be offered a place on Elevator’s Dundee accelerator programme for further training. Applications will open later in the year for Venture 2025.

Find out more about the Venture competition

Scottish Edge

Scottish EDGE is a funding competition aimed at identifying and supporting Scotland’s innovative and high growth potential entrepreneurial talent. Scottish EDGE consists of three categories:

  • Scottish EDGE
  • Young EDGE
  • Wild Card EDGE

As you progress through the stages of the Scottish EDGE competition, the competition standard and level of expectation can often increase.


Elevator Accelerator

This is a fully funded course which teaches staff and students the key points in starting up a business. It lasts for 8-12 weeks and focuses on the core skills to give you a competitive edge, including:

  • ideation
  • customer discovery
  • growth strategies
  • branding and marketing
  • investment
  • sales

Elevator - Academic Accelerator 

Converge challenge

Open to University staff, students, and recent graduates across Scotland, the Converge challenge is designed to springboard new businesses.  It offers:

  • intensive business training
  • networking
  • 1-2-1 support
  • generous equity-free cash prizes
  • expert advice from out roster of industry partners.


Business Gateway

Business Gateway offers all round support, whatever stage your business is at.  They give advice, support and training spanning across areas such as:

  • market reports
  • human resources
  • Finance and Digital Boost

Visit the Business Gateway website


Graduate visa

If you are a recently graduated international student and want to start your own business, you will require a Graduate visa. For this visa, you will need to meet various eligibility criteria, and your business idea should be innovative, scalable, and viable.

Masterclasses on demand

Masterclasses offer advanced insights into the career journeys of successful entrepreneurs. These entrepreneurs, who all have links to the University, are from diverse fields and will share their unique techniques and remarkable stories to help you to see beyond your everyday capabilities.