Geovation Scotland to open in Edinburgh

Published: 15 May 2019

Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey 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.”

Head of Geovation in London, Alex Wrottesley, says:

“This is an exciting development for Ordnance Survey and Geovation. In an increasingly data driven world, the location and property industries are currently experiencing an evolution. Each are reacting and responding to new and emerging technologies, and the different demands and opportunities these bring.

“Start-ups have the potential to play a driving role in this evolution, but without nurturing, access to experience, expertise, and quality data, it is much harder for them to make an impact.

“This is what makes our collaboration with Registers of Scotland so exciting. We want to hear from anyone who has an idea that has potential in the GeoTech or PropTech world, and we want to help them break through.’”


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Notes to Editors

About Registers of Scotland

Registers of Scotland is the government department responsible for compiling and maintaining registers relating to property and other legal documents in Scotland. Registers of Scotland records and safeguards the rights of the individual while providing open access to information on the registers.

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About Geovation

Geovation is an Ordnance Survey Initiative in association with HM Land Registry, which is dedicated to supporting open innovation and collaboration using location and property data. Location is at the heart of many of the most successful digital products and services. Land and property is the foundation of our national economy.

About the Geospatial Commission

Further details on the Geospatial Commission can be found in this press release: Chancellor to unlock hidden value of government data