Incubators & accelerators

It is often much easier (and potentially cheaper) for a start-up or early stage high growth business
to establish itself in a place where there is not only a cluster of other companies with similar
technological and business issues, but also a range of advice and support.

Accelerators are a little different – business development programmes offering seed investment
and intensive coaching for a strictly limited period, usually with a highly competitive application
process. All the organisations listed below can provide help with finding and approaching
suitable investors, in some cases with a sector-specific focus.

Alba Innovation Centre

Contact: Peter Andrew
Tel: 01506 592103

BioCity Scotland

Contact: Diane Harbison
Investments in Scotland: BDD, SujiBFR

BioCity specialises in the creation and development of life science businesses; providing homes and access to high-end equipment, training, business support and access to investment. In close proximity to Edinburgh and Glasgow, with enterprise area status, BioCity Scotland has more than 130,000 sq ft of state-of-the-art laboratories and shared services.
Tel: 0169 890 5120

Creative Clyde



Ayrshire, Edinburgh, Glasgow
Contact: Jim Duffy
Tel: 0141 418 9120

Stirling University Innovation Park

Contact: Lynn Blaikie
Tel: 01786 448333


Tel: 0131 560 2003


Contact: Jamie Coleman
Tel: 0131 560 2003

Elvingston Science Centre

Contact: Janice Simpson
Tel: 0187 540 8000

Hillington Park Innovation Centre

Contact: Anna-Marie Taylor
Tel: 0141 585 6300

Horizon Scotland

Contact: Scott McKnockiter
Horizon Scotland is the perfect location to grow your business. It is unrivalled in the north of Scotland with its unique architecture designed to facilitate collaboration and inspire innovation. Whether you’re a start-up, technology, knowledge based or professional service business we think you’re sure to benefit from its unique energy.
Tel: 0130 969 6019

IDEA Scotland

Contact: Claire MacDonald

Informatics Ventures

Contact: Gordon Stuart
Informatics Ventures supports globally ambitious technology companies head quartered in Scotland. We connect with a whole range of like-minded organisations. Engage Invest Exploit (EIE), our flagship technology investor showcase, connects up to 60 Scottish technology companies with over 200 international investors and is the largest event of its kind in the UK.
Tel: 0131 650 9915

Pathfinder Accelerator

Highlands & Islands
Contact: Anna Miller
Tel: 0146 323 4171

Roslin BioCentre

Contact: John Mackenzie
Roslin BioCentre is a world-leading ‘centre of excellence’ for life sciences and the location of choice for a wide range of successful companies. As part of its growth Roslin BioCentre will migrate its staff and tenants into the new Roslin Innovation Centre at Easter Bush from spring 2017.
Tel: 0131 200 6400

Strathclyde University Incubator

Contact: Gill Macaulay
Tel: 0141 552 7287


Contact: Mariah Forbes
Sectors: oil & gas

TechX provides expertise and support both as a technology accelerator and incubator for start-ups and SMEs looking to enter the oil and gas industry.
Tel: 0774 1320693

UP Accelerator

Contact: Danny Meaney