Innovation in Scotland

Innovation can mean the difference between success and failure for a business. We can help businesses in Scotland with innovation support.

Innovation is more important than ever in our fast-paced, ever-changing world. Most businesses recognise that they won’t stay competitive for long unless they do something new.

However, that's often where the challenge lies. Simply knowing where to start can be tricky. But that's where you're in luck. Scotland's been innovating for years, we're a nation of natural innovators going way back.

Experienced and connected innovation advisers

We help companies look for new business models, new products and services and new market opportunities. Our experienced and connected innovation advisers help businesses break new ground. We stay ahead of the game across all industry sectors, so you'll invest in a business infrastructure that's innovative and dynamic, forward-thinking and high-achieving.

'Can do' innovation culture

Our 'Can Do' innovation culture operates at all levels in Scotland, so innovation is felt, taught and incorporated across the whole of Scottish life, work and play. From our education, through to our workforce training, and business leader development, we aim to instil the entrepreneurial spirit and creative thinking that underpins all successful business economies.

Our eight Innovation Centres (ICs) lead the way, stimulating growth, delivering economic impact and supporting transformational collaboration between universities and industry. If you're thinking business innovation, think Scotland.

Scotland's Innovation Centres

The Data Lab

Supporting the Scottish digital economy and the use and innovation of data science.

Digital Health Institute

Defining and designing the digital health and care future for a healthier Scotland.

Industrial Biotechnology Centre

Enabling the transition into industrial biotechnology by helping companies understand sector opportunities.

Construction Scotland

Building Scotland's exciting construction future through innovation and collaboration.

Stratified Medicine Scotland

Bringing together clinicians, researchers and industry innovators to develop patient-specific medical innovation.

Oil & Gas Innovation Centre

Fostering the future of the oil and gas industry in Scotland through technological innovation.

Scottish Aquaculture

Ensuring that innovation helps growth in this sector to meet rising domestic and global demand.

Centre for Sensors & Imaging System

Working to develop effective sensor technologies solutions by bridging the gap between industry and universities.

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Accessing talent

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If you have any questions or want to talk with one of our advisers, we’re always ready to help.