Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey are to establish a Geovation Hub in Edinburgh to accelerate Scottish property and geospatial start-ups.

Digital Economy Minister, Kate Forbes, has announced the creation of Geovation Scotland – an innovation collaboration between Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey, that will promote open innovation, provide start-ups with supported access to public datasets while harnessing the opportunities of working alongside the Scottish tech and geospatial communities.

Commenting on the creation of the new hub, Ms Forbes said:

“It gives me great pleasure to officially announce Geovation Scotland – a collaboration between Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey.

This will promote innovation, providing start-ups with access to public datasets, whilst harnessing the opportunities of working alongside tech and geospatial communities.

With support from the Geospatial Commission, Geovation Scotland will provide a dedicated hub to incubate new start-ups in Scotland, and utilise digital data sources to benefit the Scottish economy.”

Geovation Scotland will consist of two elements: a funded accelerator programme offering up to 12 months of incubation for property and geospatial technology start-ups looking to develop their business, and the creation of the Geovation Scotland Hub. The Hub, which will open in central Edinburgh later this year, will not only house those start-ups participating in the accelerator programme, but will also provide an environment aimed at fostering innovation and creativity for the broader UK geospatial community.

Geovation Scotland will look to build on the success of its sister organisation Geovation London, which, since the London hub was launched by Ordnance Survey, has supported over 74 companies, more than £20 million in investment funding and created almost 200 jobs.

Commenting on the announcement, Jennifer Henderson, Keeper and Chief Executive of the Registers of Scotland said:

“Registers of Scotland (RoS) and Ordnance Survey (OS) each manage a wealth of land, property and geospatial data, and I’m delighted that we are building on our existing partnership to use that in order to support innovative business proposals.

RoS and OS have over 600 years of collective experience working with data. I’m pleased that we aren’t only using that to support our customers, but to deliver a wider benefit to new businesses.

The access to our combined data, will offer business start-ups a fresh opportunity to develop ideas, products, and services that will benefit the people of Scotland and the wider Scottish economy.”

Geovation Scotland will be launching in Summer 2019.

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