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Support for Scotland’s start-ups

Posted: 16th January 2020

Ambitious tech businesses are urged to apply for a support programme which has been a springboard for scores of successful start-ups.

In the five years since the Geovation programme started in London, 111 start-ups have been supported into thriving businesses, creating more than 400 jobs and attracting £61M investment.

The first Geovation Scotland accelerator was launched last year and is already helping businesses who use location or property data to develop ideas, such as a digital platform that helps residents manage their factoring costs, and a forestry management tool.

Entrepreneurs accepted onto the programme can access up to £15,000 funding, high quality office space, mentorship and data from Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey.

Jennifer Henderson, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, said:

“We were delighted to welcome ambitious start-ups who use location or property data into the first Geovation Scotland accelerator and we’re looking forward to receiving some strong applications in this round. It is a great opportunity for start-ups across Scotland to join the digital revolution.”

Alex Wrottesley, head of Geovation, said:

“To succeed, start-ups need nurturing, access to experience, expertise, and quality data. That is what we do with our programmes. We provide a warm and welcoming environment that encourages them to thrive. Without that intense level of support, it is much harder for start-ups to make an impact.

“We are eager to hear from and help ambitious start-ups that use location and/or property data, and who have a clearly defined business plan and the resources they need to deliver it.”

Apply to the Geovation Scotland Accelerator Programme. Tell me more about Geovation Scotland

Benefits to start-ups accepted pnto the Geovation Scotland Accelerator Programme

  • Up to £15,000 grant funding
  • Access to data from Ordnance Survey (OS) and Registers of Scotland (RoS)
  • Geospatial expertise from OS and land and property insight from RoS
  • Office space at Meadowbank House, Edinburgh
  • Access to a team of full stack developers that help you build your product/service offering
  • Business mentorship and coaching
  • Backed by years of industry experience and a network that reaches far and wide.

For further information, examples of businesses, interviews and images contact Andy Richardson at Registers of Scotland, 07795 644218  or Keegan Wilson at Ordnance Survey, 02380 055332.

About Geovation

Geovation was launched in 2010 by Ordnance Survey to support innovative start-ups using location and property data. The first accelerator programme started in 2016. Geovation operates two accelerator programmes run in association with Registers of Scotland and HM Land Registry.

These provide promising geotech and proptech start-ups with focused guidance and support, access to quality data, and technical and financial resources to help them develop and thrive. Geovation has offices in London and Edinburgh and also has partnerships with innovation hubs in Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff and Manchester to develop and support local start-ups.

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