Enterprise and Innovation Programmes

Development and future readiness

Enterprise and Innovation

We are committed to encouraging and supporting innovation, entrepreneurship and enterprise with our students. From Design Thinking; harnessing the collective expertise of students to collaboratively work to design solutions, to individual 1-2-1 business mentoring support for students who have ideas they want to grow into a business, we deliver a wide range of creative support in our hub.

Innovation and Entrepreneurship at Queen’s

Impact: A Social Innovation Challenge




"IMPACT is a great programme that can have a serious impact on the local communities. It is good to know that Queen's University is trying to build up Belfast. Programmes like this make me proud to be from QUB." 

- Student feedback.

IMPACT creates the opportunity for postgraduate students at QUB to use their research, skills and creativity in multi-disciplinary teams to impact the community around them and create solutions to real-world social issues. In Semester 1, we partnered with St. Peter’s Immaculata Youth Centre in West Belfast who posed the challenge of ‘How do we raise the educational outcomes for young people in Divis?’ Watch our short film to see how the project went and the impact it’s having both for postgraduate students and for the wider community.

We ran a second IMPACT programme in Semester 2 with our project partner, the Turnaround Project. Turnaround works with young offenders to reduce the reoffending rates. We worked mainly in The Graduate School and in Hydebank College.



IMPACT: Global

A life changing experience

The Graduate School in partnership with RCity Belfast are taking IMPACT social innovation global! Next semester a group of postgraduate students will work in multi-disciplinary teams alongside young people from Ardoynne and the Shankill, to create innovative solutions that inspire positive social change. The team will travel to South Africa in April 2019 for two weeks of design thinking in action! 

IMPACT Global Application Form 

This is a real-life challenge where postgraduate participation from across disciplines will have a direct positive impact on an international community. 

An information session will be held in the Graduate School on Thursday 13th November between 12.00pm and 1.00pm in TR6.

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Impact Global

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Thought Leaders

Thought Leaders

Interested in learning from, and meeting, local disrupters and innovators? Then come along to The Graduate School on the last Thursday evening of each month for Thought Leaders. We invite innovators, disrupters and shapers impacting both on a local and a global scale and connect them with our postgraduate students. The series aims to inspire through listening to the stories of thought leaders and being encouraged with innovative ways to engage with the world around you using your research & skills. Keep an eye out on our social media for information on our next speaker! Please contact pg.skills@qub.ac.uk with any questions.



Kick Start Accelerator

Are you a student with an innovate idea for a business, enterprise or not-for-profit? Then The Queen’s University Kick-Start Accelerator could be for you.  The Kick Start Accelerator Programme is a course designed to support all students to grow innovative ideas and test the viability of turning them into an enterprise. Your idea could be related to your research, or completely independent and it could be just you or a team of people working on it.  At the end of the course, you will feel more confident in your entrepreneurial ability and have developed the skills, tools and networks you need to grow a venture. 

Content of Course:

  • Day 1: Inspiration from successful Entrepreneurs & starting your Business Model Canvas
  • Day 2 & 3: Various streaming session designed for your specific needs. Includes IP, impact measurement & understanding your customers
  • Day 4: Pitch Practice & Financing your venture
  • Day 5: Opportunity to pitch to industry experts, funders & investors.

Alongside the programme, you will receive 1-1 mentoring support and we have a Make It Happen Fund which you will be eligible to apply for prototyping and proof of concept funding.  

Please contact pg.skills@qub.ac.uk with any questions.

Download your application HERE

Kick Start is facilitated in partnership with The Graduate School and Enterprise SU 

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Innovation After Hours

Innovation After Hours

Innovation After Hours is a chance to meet up with people who are interested in innovation and entrepreneurship and to be inspired by those who are working on interesting ventures. It’s a casual meet-up open to QUB students, staff and the general public. Come after hours to make interesting new connections over drinks and food.



CMI Level 7 Certificate in Strategic Management and Leadership

Learn the principles of entrepreneurial leadership, explore a range of creative tools such as Design Thinking and become confident in your ability to think innovatively. To learn more about the CMI programme drop-in information sessions are held in the social space every Tuesday between 10.00am and 12.00pm! Explore more here.

Innovation academy students

Innovation Academy

The Innovation Academy is a joint venture between Queen’s University Belfast and Trinity College Dublin. The Academy offers PhD students an opportunity to embrace new, innovative ways of thinking through the completion of a Postgraduate Certificate in Innovation and Entrepreneurship.


The purpose of this certificate is to transform some of the brightest scholars in these institutions into energetic and resourceful entrepreneurial thinkers. The certificate is comprised of several modules, covering topics such as Opportunity Generation and Recognition, Financing Your New Venture and Creative Thinking and Innovation.

The modules focus on problem-based learning within multi-disciplinary teams. The Innovation Academy also encourages students to engage in a real-life challenge facing an organisation, for which they are asked to propose an innovative solution.

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Entrepreneurship 1-2-1 Sessions

Both PGTs and PGRs can avail of monthly 30-minute entrepreneurship appointments to support ideas for innovation and entrepreneurship and a range of other advice and guidance.

Whether you have a desire to start something, an idea you want to test, or you're ready to take a leap with an established business plan, this is the place to get personalised guidance, signposting and advice.

Please visit MyFuture to make an appointment with our entrepreneurship mentor.

Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) Visa

The Tier 1 (Graduate Entrepreneur) visa route is for international (non-EU) graduates who have an outstanding business idea that they wish to develop in the UK. The visa allows holders to remain in the UK for an initial period of 12 months to develop their business idea.

This may be extended for a further 12 months subject to satisfactory progress on the scheme. You will get one to one support from us to mentor and support you on the journey of establishing your own business, along with key contacts and networking opportunities.

For more information on the requirements of this programme please visit the International Student Support site.

Enterprise SU

We work collaboratively with the team at Enterprise SU, who offer a wide range of support and innovation competitions. To find out which competitions are live please visit the Enterprise SU webpage.


For more details on any of the programmes listed, or about innovation and entrepreneurship at the Graduate School in general, please contact Claire Harris on 028 9097 3568 or pg.skills@qub.ac.uk