Our Inspiring Entrepreneurs

Inspiring Entrepreneurs QMU is committed to enterprise and innovation and this exhibition celebrates the pivotal role entrepreneurship plays in enhancing our student experience and delivering research impact. A major driver within QMU is the development and sustainability of a changing culture that supports the capacity of our staff and students to be entrepreneurial in a variety of contexts. QMU is playing a leading role in challenging the contours of entrepreneurship and the evolution of inspiring entrepreneurs from business, creative, social and service innovation perspectives. What is distinctive about QMU’s approach is our rootedness in the intersection of conventional disciplinary groupings to create innovative approaches to contemporary societal challenges and public discourse and the identification of entrepreneurial opportunities both locally and internationally. This activity supports the exchange of knowledge into business solutions, and we are making significant impact in addressing social, economic, cultural and health issues. East Lothian Council’s Business Gateway service, situated on-campus in our graduate start-up incubation space was the first to be based on a Scottish University Campus. The Business Gateway has and continues to be a key partner in QMU’s own entrepreneurial journey, assisting staff and students in enterprise creation and supporting the regional economy. Through alignment of strategy, we are working to embed enterprise and employability as a core component of academic provision at all levels by: increasing start up activity; supporting opportunities for developing and understanding enterprise skills both within QMU and externally, including placements, internships and participation in enterprise competitions; presenting a single, coherent message about enterprise to all our stakeholders. This exhibition celebrates the journeys of a selection of our entrepreneurs. The photographs represent just a small number of inspiring entrepreneurs who work and study across different disciplines at various levels across QMU. We hope this exhibition will inspire others both within QMU and beyond.