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  Kick Start 
  Student Innovation 

Kick Start is a student innovation programme designed by the University of the West of Scotland, which goes beyond classroom-based learning, focusing on providing students with the knowledge and skillset to recognise that innovation and entrepreneurship is a powerful way to implement change within their chosen sectors. We are calling all students who are interested in something different, who are keen to unleash those creative, innovative, and unique ideas whilst developing a reusable skillset that will be beneficial for the future. 

 Our Mission 

To ignite, elevate and engage the next wave of leaders for the future, through skills development, innovation, and entrepreneurship. We want to help expand your ideas, build up your creative confidence and innovate your ambitions

 Contact Us 

If you have any questions or comments about our Kick Start Programme/activities, then please get in touch below.


Main Contact:

Emma McColvin

Student Innovation Coordinator



 Programme   Activities 


We held three online interactive workshops last year which focused on Creative Thinking, Idea Generation and Product design with guest speakers attending from companies such as Demola, Novosound and i4 Product Design. This year we held three brand new workshops focusing on Idea Generation, Creativity & Innovation and Business Modelling – helping you to progress with your business idea.

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Business Idea Competition

Enter our Kick Start Business Idea Competition this March! The aim of the competition is to foster a spirit of enterprise by encouraging students who may have an idea for a business but have not yet had the time to develop it.  You do not have to be seriously thinking of taking the idea forward commercially, instead look at this as an opportunity to consider your idea in a bit more detail and gain valuable early feedback. Although should you want to take your idea forward then we will help you to do that. 

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Accelerator Programme - Elevator UK

In partnership with leading academic institutions - University of Aberdeen, University of Dundee and University of the West of Scotland - this programme acts as a launch pad for those who have ideas with real potential but need support with making the business case.

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Application Clinic

Do you want to share your big idea but don't know where with the application process? Do you want to find out more about what is a good application and what is a bad application? Join us this March and learn all about how to write a great application! This Application Clinic is open to all UWS students and graduates, and will be extremely beneficial to those who wish to share their big, creative ideas at our Kick Start Business Idea Competition - competing for big cash prizes!

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