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SFC invests in Scotland’s digital future

Scottish innovation minister Ivan McKee (middle) at the opening of EIT Digital's Scottish satellite office in Edinburgh.

4 Apr 2019

EIT Digital, a leading European organisation for digital innovation and entrepreneurial education, has opened a Scottish satellite office in Edinburgh.

EIT Digital is one of eight Innovation Communities of the European Institute of Innovation and Technology. It has 10 centres across Europe, including one in London, with the Scottish office being the first satellite office to be opened in the UK.

The new office, jointly funded by EIT Digital, the Scottish Funding Council and Scottish Enterprise, will be hosted by the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre. The office will support knowledge exchange, help to develop skills in Scottish businesses and promote Scotland to investors. It will also contribute to achieving the Scottish Government’s ambition to deepen relationships between Scotland and the EU.

Speaking at this week’s launch, EIT Digital chief executive Willem Jonker, said: “This new Edinburgh satellite will allow EIT Digital to deepen the connections with the Scottish innovation ecosystem and to intensify our relationship with the Scottish private and public sectors.”

Scottish innovation minister Ivan McKee said: “For decades, Scotland has participated in European projects, led strategic partnerships and welcomed people from across the EU and around the world. We have always valued the resulting skills, diversity and talent that this has brought into our economy and society.

“Regardless of the outcome of Brexit, Scotland will continue to be an outward-looking, open and welcoming country.

“This project will allow academia and businesses to work together to drive innovation. It also enables Scotland to raise the profile of its digital assets across Europe, helping to attract both inward talent and investment while connecting Scotland’s businesses to experts and potential collaborators.”

The new satellite office will host a new doctoral training centre with a focus on financial technology and cyber security. Its students will be supported by universities across Scotland with the first student expected to start later this year.