We welcome the announcement by Scotland’s Digital Economy Minister, Kate Forbes, that Geovation Scotland will be established in Edinburgh as an accelerator for geospatial start-ups.
This is an exciting collaboration between Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey that will harness a model successfully piloted in London but with a unique Scottish flavour. The hub will promote open innovation, provide start-up companies with support and access to public datasets, while harnessing the opportunities of working alongside the Scottish tech and geospatial communities.
Bruce Gittings, Chair of the Association for Geographic Information in Scotland, said “We have strongly supported the creation of a Geovation Hub in Edinburgh. Scotland has a dynamic geospatial sector but Geovation will add further vigour by growing new ideas and small companies, employing graduates and giving further exciting opportunities to existing players in the field.”
This hub will be based close to the the university and we see it as an important collaboration for developing our students and graduates, and encouraging them to set up their own business. There are already a number of companies setup by our graduates, the most recent being EarthWave.