It takes an ecosystem to raise a successful start-up

The geography of entrepreneurship is “spiky“, meaning that from region to region there are significant variations in rates of start-ups and, in particular, “scale-ups“—new businesses that are evolving into larger enterprises. This can be explained by the fact that successful entrepreneurship occurs in “fertile soil”—economic and social environments conducive to entrepreneurial activity. And in some […]

RGU’s Start-up Accelerator to boost Aberdeenshire innovation

Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) new initiative, the first funded programme of its kind in the north-east of Scotland, will support 28 entrepreneurial teams of students, staff and recent alumni from RGU and North East Scotland College (NESCol). Organisers hope the programme will help the region’s entrepreneurs and innovators create new businesses. The business teams will receive training and expert […]

University of Edinburgh start-up to seek crowdfunding as a means to support venture

A new spin-out company from the University of Edinburgh’s School of Geosciences which was awarded an initial £141,000 from Scottish Enterprise’s SMART Scotland fund and the University of Edinburgh Technology Fund is to embark on a further round of funding in an ambitious plan to raise capital through crowd funding. Carbomap plans to raise further […]

University of Edinburgh to invest in a VC fund to support life science start-ups

The University of Edinburgh is to invest in a venture capital fund focusing on early stage life sciences companies. The new fund, which will be managed by US-based Rock Spring Ventures, will engage closely with the University’s company formation teams at Edinburgh Research and Innovation and Edinburgh BioQuarter. Spin-out and start-up companies from the University’s research labs will make up […]

Scotish seed fund launches, support from Office of Science and Technology

NESTech is a £3m technology seed fund resulting from a successful application to the Office of Science and Technology [OST] University Challenge Fund by the University of St Andrews along with Dundee and Aberdeen Universities. NESTech’s purpose is to provide funding at the riskiest stage of the commercialisation process and to bridge the gap between university research […]

Scottish packaging company readies for global expansion, seeded with monies from SMART:SCOTLAND proof of concept program

Thanks to ongoing support from Scottish Enterprise, Insignia Technologies Ltd is preparing to take its groundbreaking packaging technology to a global, £multi-billion market. The company created an intelligent ink that changes colour when exposed to external influences such as time, oxygen and humidity levels. Developed by leading chemist Professor Andrew Mills, the technology can be […]