Guide

Business incubators and accelerators in Scotland
Last updated: 20 September 2019

East of Scotland

Abertay University Incubator

Whitespace is an incubator based in Dundee. It's run by the University of Abertay. They work with students, staff and local businesses.

Find more information on the University of Abertay website

Acorn Enterprise

Acorn Enterprise is an accelerator based in Rosyth. They run events and provide mentoring and office space.

Find more information at www.acornenterprise.co.uk

Call: 0138 342 7305

AI & Blockchain Accelerator

AI & Blockchain Accelerator is based in Edinburgh. It's a partnership between the University of Edinburgh and Wayra. They work with AI and blockchain businesses, offering:

  • mentorship
  • introductions
  • help developing products and services

Find more information on the Wayra website

BioQuarter

BioQuarter is based in Edinburgh and specialise in research, life and bio sciences. They run events and provide mentoring, office space, meeting rooms and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.edinburghbioquarter.com

Call: 0131 313 6105

Business Innovation Zone

Business Innovation Zone is an incubator based at Queen Margaret University in Musselburgh. They work with staff, students, and recent graduates offering them:

  • one-to-one advice
  • help to enter competitions
  • funding opportunities
  • workshops
  • networking and mentoring opportunities
  • meeting and desk spaces
  • rehearsal spaces and editing facilities

Find more information on Queen Margaret University website

Call: 0131 474 0000

Climate KIC Accelerator

Climate KIC Accelerator is based at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.

They run events and offer low carbon, start up businesses:

  • coaching
  • masterclasses
  • grant funding
  • working and meeting spaces

Find more information on the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation website

Call: 0131 650 5326

Coca-Cola 5by20

Coca-Cola 5by20 runs an incubator in Dundee. They offer women:

  • training
  • peer-to-peer support
  • mentoring

They also run networking, trade and social events.

Find more information on the Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce website

Call: 01382 228545

Codebase

Codebase is an accelerator based in Edinburgh that specialises in digital media and technology. They provide mentoring, advice, funding and office space.

Find more information at www.thisiscodebase.com

Call: 0131 560 2003

Creative Accelerator

Creative Accelerator is based in Perth. It's run by Elevator and Famous Grouse Idea Centre. The offer design and creative businesses:

  • advice and guidance
  • mentorship
  • training

Find more information on the Elevator website

Cre8te

Cre8te is based in Edinburgh. They provide mentoring, advice, training, funding, administrative support, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information at www.cre8te.co.uk

Call: 0131 661 8888

Data Lab

Data Lab is an accelerator with a programme in Edinburgh. They specialise in informatics and computer science. They run events and provide mentoring, advice, training, office space, meeting rooms and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.thedatalab.com

Call: 0131 651 4905

Digital Health & Care Institute

Digital Health & Care Institute is based in Edinburgh and specialise in health and care. They run events and provide mentoring, advice, training, funding and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.dhi-scotland.com

Call: 01698 535 300

Dundee University Incubator

Dundee University Incubator offers lab and office spaces for technology businesses.

Find more information on the Dundee University Incubator website

Call: 01382 223509

Edinburgh Business School Incubator

The Edinburgh Business School Incubator is based at Heriot Watt University. They offer young start up businesses:

  • free desk space
  • training
  • workshops
  • mentorship

Find more information on the Edinburgh Business School website

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation

Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation run events and provide mentoring, advice, training, administrative support, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information at www.edinburghcentre.org

Call: 0131 6505326

Edinburgh Research and Innovation

Edinburgh Research and Innovation provide advice, funding, office space, meeting rooms, administrative support and research laboratories.

Find more information on the University of Edinburgh website

Call: 0131 650 9090

Elvingston Science Centre

Elvingston Science Centre is based in Haddington. They provide advice, administrative support, office space, meeting rooms and research laboratories.

Find more information on the UKSPA website

Call: 0187 540 8000

Enterprise Campus

Enterprise Campus is run by the universities of Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Strathclyde. They work with postgraduate students from all Scottish universities who want to set up businesses.

They offer advice and can help with things like:

  • market research and testing
  • prototyping
  • planning
  • setting up a business
  • application forms
  • protecting Intellectual property

Find more information about Enterprise Campus

Entrepreneur Accelerator

Entrepreneur Accelerator is based in Edinburgh and Glasgow. It's run by the Royal Bank of Scotland. It's made up of 3 different accelerators:

  • Pre-Accelerator
  • Accelerator
  • Fintech

They can offer:

  • online courses, webinars and workshops
  • desk and office space
  • access to wifi and printing
  • one-to-one coaching
  • mentoring
  • legal and technical advice
  • networks and supply chains
  • events

Find more information on the Royal Bank of Scotland website

Entrepreneurial Spark Edinburgh

Entrepreneurial Spark is an accelerator with a programme in Edinburgh. They provide mentoring and advice, training, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information at www.entrepreneurial-spark.com

Call: 0141 418 9120

Famous Grouse Ideas Centre

The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre is based in Perth. It's an accelerator run by Elevator, who work with entrepreneurs, business leaders and owners.

They offer:

  • advice and guidance
  • training
  • access to technology

Find more information on The Famous Grouse Ideas Centre website

Higgs Centre for Innovation

The Higgs Centre for Innovation is an incubator based in Edinburgh. They offer science and technology businesses:

  • funding to develop products
  • access to scientific and engineering expertise
  • support from business advisors
  • access to laboratories and equipment
  • help from networks of scientists, engineers, universities and businesses
  • skills through the University of Edinburgh's studentships programme

Find more information on the Higgs Centre for Innovation website

Informatics Ventures

Informatics Ventures is an accelerator based in Edinburgh that specialises in technology. They run events and provide mentoring, funding and office space.

Find more information at www.informatics-ventures.com

Call: 0131 650 4404

Interface

Interface is based in Edinburgh. They run events and provide advice, funding and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.interface-online.org.uk

Call: 0845 013 0536

Launch.ed

Launch.ed is an accelerator programme run by the University of Edinburgh that specialises in start-up businesses. They run events and provide mentoring, advice, training, funding, administrative support, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information at www.launch.ed.ac.uk

Call: 0131 472 4700

LaunchMe

LaunchMe is a social enterprise accelerator. It's run by Firstport who are based in Edinburgh. LaunchMe can offer social enterprises:

  • £10,000 seed funding
  • one-to-one and group-based support
  • advice and professional expertise
  • introductions to potential investors
  • a peer network to share experiences, ideas and concerns
  • access to grant funders
  • access to diagnostic and impact assessment tools

Find more information on the Firstport website

Call: 0131 564 0331

Launch IT

Launch IT is an incubator based in Dundee. They help young people with working spaces and support.

Find more information on the Launch IT website

Call: 0739 579 1146

LawscotTech

LawscotTech is an incubator run by the Law Society of Scotland. It's based in Edinburgh. They can help businesses interested in developing technology for the legal sector.

Find more information on Law Society of Scotland website

Melting Pot

Melting pot is based in Edinburgh. The provide administrative support, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information at www.themeltingpotedinburgh.org.uk

Call: 0131 243 2626

TechCube

TechCube is an incubator based in Edinburgh that specialise in social, community and collaborative technology development. They run events and provide office space.

Find more information on the Summerhall website

Call: 0131 560 2003

Roslin Innovation Centre

Roslin Biocentre is an accelerator based in Roslin that specialises in research, life and bio sciences. They provide mentoring, advice, funding, administrative support, office space and research laboratories.

Find more information on the Midlothian Science Zone website

Call: 0131 200 6400

UP Accelerator

UP Accelerator is an accelerator with a programme based in Edinburgh. They specialise in corporate innovation.

Find more information at www.upventuresgroup.com