A supportive environment for new start-ups in Edinburgh Business School

The Business Incubator exists as a safe harbour for young start-ups to validate their ideas and identify suitable markets. 

Providing free desk space, training, workshops and mentorship on site, we aim to encourage, support and develop entrepreneurship. 

- There is no requirement to come in to the Incubator every day. The space is here to use as and when it's needed.

- There is no cost involved and we don't take an equity stake. The only thing businesses must pay for is Public Liability insurance.  

- A space in the Incubator is for one year. There may be an option to apply to extend this.

- Anyone can apply to join, providing they aren’t a full time undergraduate or taught postgraduate.

What's it like being in the Incubator?

Faisal Ghani, founder of inventapod and Jill Henry, founder of Meander Apparel, share how the Incubator has helped their businesses grow.

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.

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

In their first year of operation, APiC have developed a number of strategic partnerships and projects, including membership of the Scottish Alliance for People and Places, a partnership with Play Scotland, and a partnership with Towards the Child Friendly City: Children’s Rights in the Built Environment conference.

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erp² is an innovative Enterprise Resource Planning system (CRM, MRP, WMS, Accounting + all business modules) which is open source, private cloud-based and is built on a rapid application development framework that incorporates AI. With no client installation required, an online web-desktop environment and remote server hosting provided as an option, erp² can be deployed quickly and securely, running responsively on any desktop, tablet or mobile device within a web browser. erp² can be updated to reflect changes in business processes adapted for efficiency or expanded to cover all business departments, connecting data across the organisation with SCADA and IoT, providing for real-time reporting and KPIs.

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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. 

Headspace have recently expanded their team, welcoming a technical adviser and Professor Reynish as their clinical adviser, Chair of Dementia Research at the University of Stirling.


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Head Impact Trauma Limited (HIT)

HIT is a device aimed at better understanding and identifying concussive impacts when playing rugby. Aimed at youth rugby players, HIT is a recognition tool that illuminates when sensing an impact over the force threshold, creating a baseline for removing and checking a player after a head impact. It is designed to be as unobtrusive to the wearer as possible, thus not impeding the performance level of the wearer. 

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HindSight Vision Ltd.

HindSight Vision Ltd is a cycling technology company looking to change the way the world experiences cycling with a simple yet innovative solution to an age old cycling problem. Using patent pending technology, HindSight eyewear increases the efficiency and safety for both professional and commuter cyclists, with the ultimate goal of getting more people on their bikes while making them faster, safer, and better equipped for the future of cycling. 

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IMERAI has developed the world’s first open-access, open-air, 3D echolocation sensor. The technology works using the same principles that animals such as bats, dolphins, and whales use to sense via sound. In gesture control and environmental imaging applications, the sensor provides useful environmental data without identifying personal, recognisable features. Unlike alternative 3D imaging methods, our device is completely static and has no moving parts. All while being a fraction of the cost, size, and weight of existing solutions such as depth cameras and LiDAR.

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INFINECT is a prospective spin-out company from Heriot-Watt University based in Edinburgh, who are developing a new technology to bring reliable and high speed connectivity on board of high speed vehicles such as aircrafts, trains or boats. 

Our dedicated team of academic experts work together to offer all passengers the missing freedom of connectivity on transportation and the opportunity to travel with the possibility of receiving phone calls or data services, and the ability to access their email, social media applications or video streaming, while travelling anywhere at anytime. 

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In the UK, this cost of food waste recycling for catering is around £2.4 billion a year, increasing at a rate approaching 30% in 2018 and will get more expensive as no biodegradable waste will be sent to landfill/sewer by 2020 in most industrialised nations. 

Recipients of the Royal Academy of Engineering Enterprise Fellowship, IntelliDigest have developed an in situ, modular anaerobic food waste recycler (IntelliAD). This is to be leased by businesses in the hospitality and food sector to completely and safely recycle their food waste to high value resource in the form of bioenergy and biochemicals.

IntelliDigest have also been awarded IBioIC Feasibility grant funding and Scottish Enterprise Innovation Support grant. They have been shortlisted as semi-finalist for Scottish Edge 15 and successfully raised £10,000.00 through crowdfunding.


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Leta Project

Leta Project is a digital platform for mental health and psychology, connecting clients seeking mental health support with an active community of professionals in mental health. The unique functionality of the platform will empower clients to be at the centre of their health and decision-making and will enable cross-country and cross-disciplinary collaboration between practitioners and researchers. Our aim to accelerate development and progress of innovative solutions and methods for supporting mental health

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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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SussMyBike helps mountain bikers tune their suspension more effectively and more quickly. We have created a product which analyses suspension performance and makes recommendations to the rider. We believe that riders deserve the most from their bikes and our device will improve control, refine response and increase comfort making your next ride unforgettable.

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Taste of Vietnam (ToV)

Taste of Vietnam (ToV) is a startup that offers Vietnamese cuisine, handicrafts and bio-plastic products. VoT is planning to be established in Edinburgh by 2020. 

ToV aims to become a sustainable and plastic-free business, promoting recycling and eco-friendly culture in the UK. With the application of “containerised farming” technology, ToV will enhance food security as well as reduce the carbon footprint and food waste. It will be an enjoyable place for customers, who will not only gain cultural experience, but who will also contribute to the continued efforts of protecting the environment.

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Torehill Ltd

Torehill is a marketing strategy consultancy based in Edinburgh, with a focus on advising clients on marketing strategy, communications and planning. Their mission is to help our clients achieve long-term growth and return on marketing investment. They drive growth for SMEs and ambitious high-growth start-ups in the technology, property and retail sectors. Combined, they 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.

The primary product offered 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 they help clients access financial support when appropriate, and finally an investment grade business case for the project which leads to financing, contracting and construction.

So far on their journey, TownRock Energy have been a finalist in the Vibes Business Awards, raised over £15k in investments, supported two PhD students to enable greater impact from their research and won contracts in the UK and Canada.

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Trade Effluent Management Services (TEMS)

Trade Effluent Management Services (TEMS) is a consultancy helping customers with a specific area of the water industry. Trade effluent is any liquid waste that is discharged to public sewers from manufacturing sites e.g. breweries, laundries, food production etc. and it’s a regulated area that you also pay charges for. Whatever the size of your business, trade effluent is a complicated area of the water industry so Trade Effluent Management Services is here to make sure you get truly independent advice from an industry expert with a track record in trade effluent regulation, charging and management.

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Previous residents of the Business Incubator

Some of our original residents have now left the Incubator, but are still keeping us updated as their businesses grow...

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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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. 

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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.

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