Guide

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

West of Scotland

Biocity business accelerator

Biocity business accelerator is based in Newhouse, Lanarkshire. They specialise in life sciences and provide:

  • mentoring
  • funding
  • office space
  • meeting rooms
  • research laboratories

Find more information at www.biocity.co.uk

Call: 01698 539 607

Censis

Censis is an accelerator based in Glasgow that specialises in sensor and imaging systems. They provide mentoring and advice, office space, meeting rooms and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.censis.org.uk

Call: 0141 330 3876

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre

Construction Scotland Innovation Centre is based in Glasgow and specialises in construction. They provide mentoring, advice, training, funding, administrative support, meeting rooms.

Find more information on the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre website

Call: 0141 212 5250

CREATe

CREATe is based in Glasgow and specialises in the creative industries. They provide mentoring and advice, training, office space, meeting rooms and administrative support.

Find more information at www.create.ac.uk

Call: 0141 330 2086

Creative Clyde

Creative Clyde is based in Glasgow and specialise in the media, technology and the creative industries. They provide advice, funding, administrative support, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information at www.creativeclyde.com

Call: 0141 4190 818

Data Lab

Data Lab is an accelerator with a programme in Glasgow. 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

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 Glasgow

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

Find more information at www.entrepreneurial-spark.com

Call: 0141 418 9120

European Centre for Marine Biotechnology

The European Centre for Marine Biotechnology is based in Oban. It's an incubator that works with marine biotechnology businesses. They can offer businesses:

  • help with information technology
  • meeting rooms and conference facilities
  • help with engineering
  • stores
  • help with security
  • access to library services

Find more information on the European Centre for Marine Biotechnology website

Call: 0163 155 9000

InCube Business Incubator

InCube Business Incubator is an accelerator based in Paisley and specialise in creative, retail businesses. They run events and provide mentoring, training, funding, administrative support, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information at www.incube.ren

Call: 0300 300 1180

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre

Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre is based in Glasgow. They run events and provide mentoring, advice, training, funding, administrative support, office space, meeting rooms and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.ibioic.com

Call: 0141 548 5946

Rising Star Programme

The Rising Star Programme is an accelerator run by Strathclyde University in Glasgow. They offer businesses:

  • opportunities to apply for funding
  • business advice
  • masterclasses on funding and growth
  • marketing and promotional materials
  • help from a community of entrepreneurs
  • mentoring and expert clinics
  • introductions to potential investors and external support
  • access to student talent

Find more information on the Strathclyde University website

Call: 0141 548 2775

Strathclyde University Incubator

Strathclyde University Incubator is based in Glasgow. They work with start-up businesses and provide advice, administrative support, office space, meeting rooms and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.suilimited.com

Call: 0141 552 7287

Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre

Stratified Medicine Scotland Innovation Centre is based in Glasgow and specialise in research, life and bio sciences. They run events and provide mentoring, advice, training and research laboratories.

Find more information at www.stratmed.co.uk

Call: 0141 451 1263

Tontine

Tontine is based in Glasgow's Merchant City. They work with businesses in the creative sectors to help encourage collaboration, innovation and high growth.

Find out more information at www.tontineglasgow.co.uk

Call: 0141 465 7700

UHatch

UHatch is an accelerator program based at Glasgow Caledonian University. They specialise in working with start-up businesses. They run events and provide mentoring, advice, office space and meeting rooms.

Find more information on the Glasgow Caledonian University website

Call: 0141 331 3000

West Coast Accelerator

West Coast Accelerator are based in Dundonald. They have 3 programmes which help businesses to develop their ideas, start up and grow. To do this, they run workshops and offer peer-to-peer support.

Find more information on the West Coast Accelerator website

Call: 01563 475061