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Ecosystem Fund Relaunched to Kickstart New Businesses

The Ecosystem Fund is now open to proposals from ecosystem partners and intermediary organisations. They are welcoming proposals for funding to help deliver innovative and inclusive entrepreneurship support activities across Scotland and internationally.

The fund is an evolution of the Scottish Government’s STER Tech fund, in line with Scotland’s National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET). Specifically, it draws on the Pathways Report recommendations to foster entrepreneurial education, diversity, and inclusion activity, encouraging a broader range of partners to submit proposals for project funding.

The Ecosystem Fund is a Scottish Government initiative delivered by Scottish Enterprise.

The Ecosystem Fund is for organisations that can enrich Scotland’s start-up ecosystem. It’s designed to help support Scottish entrepreneurs to access the resources, knowledge, connections, and capital to thrive.

Funding will create new — or broaden existing — activities for more people to access. It will also encourage:

  • Skills development
  • Ideas exchange and collaboration
  • Access to expert guidance
  • Greater levels of innovation
  • Greater access to non-public funding channels
  • Increased visibility for Scottish entrepreneurs

The fund is opportunity focused — we’re looking for ideas that fill gaps and propel the start-up community forward.

Successful organisations will demonstrate their ability to strengthen networks, accelerate growth, inspire new start-ups, and drive economic impact.

The fund aims to nurture the conditions for Scottish entrepreneurship to flourish through events, education, research, increased accessibility and inclusion, or other means.

To apply, download the proposal form and send your completed version to

You can also contact with any queries you have prior to sending us your proposal.

Closing date for proposals is Monday 25th September.

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