Geovation Scotland welcomes first start-ups

Published: 22 October 2019

A new programme launches today that aims to help some of Scotland’s brightest tech entrepreneurs reach their full potential.

Registers of Scotland and Ordnance Survey (OS) are delighted to announce the first businesses joining the Geovation Scotland Accelerator Programme.

Folarity

Founder Martin Warne is looking at tools that will help forest managers plan and monitor their woodlands quickly and more effectively.

AboveBoard

Founders Sarah Morrison and Jamie Henderson are looking to solve the many issues that arise from the Scottish factoring market, providing digital tools to those in new developments, tenements and flats.

Walks and Waterfalls

Founder Oscar Van Heek is utilising Scotland’s unique waterfalls and wild swimming areas through the creation of a treasure hunt app.

Inaugural programme

The inaugural programme will run for a year and is based at RoS’ headquarters, Meadowbank House, Edinburgh.

The start-ups are joining the programme following a highly competitive selection process which attracted applicants from across Scotland.

Jennifer Henderson, Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, said:

We are delighted to welcome the first group of ambitious entrepreneurs into the Geovation Scotland Accelerator Programme. This initiative will provide an environment for fostering innovation and creativity. It represents our ongoing commitment to finding new uses for RoS data that can benefit the people of Scotland and the Scottish economy.

Minister for Digital Economy Kate Forbes said:

This marks another milestone for the Geovation Scotland Accelerator programme which is helping Scotland’s tech entrepreneurs reach their full potential. The quality and passion of the companies taking part is a testament to Scotland as a centre of innovation and leadership in technology and I look forward to seeing their projects flourish over the weeks and months ahead.

Geovation accelerators have been running in London since 2015, creating more than 200 new jobs and raising £23.3 million in investment funding.

Alex Wrottesley, head of Geovation, said:

We’re very pleased and excited to have the opportunity to bring what we do to Edinburgh to work more closely with Scottish start-ups. The diversity and quality of the applications to the Geovation Scotland Accelerator Programme were very strong and this bodes well for the future.

For further information contact:

Andy Richardson, PR Manager Registers of Scotland 0131 2003994 / 07795 644218 andy.richardson@ros.gov.uk

Keegan Wilson, Senior Press Officer, Ordnance Survey 02380 055332 keegan.wilson@os.uk

Notes to Editors

Registers of Scotland is the public body 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.

Geovation is an Ordnance Survey initiative in association with Registers of Scotland and HM Land Registry. It 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.