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Careers and Enterprise


Are you starting or thinking about starting your own business?

QIncubator is the perfect testing ground for a project at idea stage. Knowing where to start can be daunting, which is why we help you define your ambitions and set goals.

The programme provides a testing ground for projects at idea-stage and early-stage. Our entrepreneur-led, 8-week programme combines enterprise training, expert coaching and peer learning to accelerate success.

About the programme

The programme replaces the current InQUBEate programme, which has run for 4 years and successfully launched over 60 start-up and social enterprise teams. QIncubator has been re-designed based on insight gained from InQUBEate, as well as our wider activity supporting over 500 student entrepreneurs each year over the last four years.

QIncubator takes a lean approach to entrepreneurship, with an emphasis on identifying your problems and assumptions, testing them and iterating your business accordingly as quickly as possible. This is reflected in the programme, which supports you in formulating your business model and customer value propositions before testing these on potential customers, partners, mentors and industry experts.

Following completion of the programme, you can apply for one of our three funding awards: Try It (£500), Grow It (£3,000) or Build It (£10,000). You can find more information on each on our funding page.

Programme structure

Please note: this may be subject to change

  • Week 1: Defining and Validating Your Vision
  • Week 2: Customer Discovery
  • Week 3: Product Development
  • Week 4: Branding and Design
  • Week 5: Leadership, Team Formation and Project Management
  • Week 6: Revenue Model & Funding
  • Week 7: Pitching
  • Week 8: Demo Day 


QIncubator runs once per year, during semester 1, for eight weeks. Dates for the 2020/21 academic year are:

Wednesday afternoons from 7th October – 25th November 2020.

The applications are open from 1st  September 2020 and will be closing on 27th September 2020

How to apply

QIncubator is open to all students who will be studying at Queen Mary in the 2020/21 academic year or graduated less than two years ago. You may be from any School or Institute, so you’ll meet people from different programmes and disciplines. Whatever your areas of study, you’ll have an equal chance in the application process.