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Changing the landscape of Scottish business

TWO of the UK’s oldest organisations have joined forces to help spearhead Scotland’s digital revolution.

Registers of Scotland – the government body responsible for the nation’s land registry – and map experts Ordnance Survey, have launched a 12-month funding and support scheme for start-up businesses. Successful applicants to the Geovation Scotland Accelerator Programme will each get up to £15,000, a range of expert support, office space, and access to a wealth of mapping and property data. 

Location data is at the heart of many of the world’s most ground-breaking business ideas – think Uber, Deliveroo, Airbnb, property valuation software and drone delivery services. Geovation Scotland aims to give Scotland’s entrepreneurs the tools to turn their own great ideas into a potentially world-changing businesses.

Businesses accepted onto the programme will be based at Meadowbank House, Registers of Scotland’s Edinburgh HQ. Applications must be made no later than Monday September 2.

Geovation programmes have been running in London for three years where they have created 200 jobs, helped 84 companies and seen these companies raise £23.3 million in funding.

Jennifer Henderson, the Keeper of the Registers of Scotland, said: “I am delighted that we are able to offer this opportunity to entrepreneurs. Geovation Scotland will support creative people to use our data to create their own businesses, and to benefit the wider Scottish economy and the people of Scotland.”

“Our role in the creation of Geovation Scotland is playing a key role in turning our data into a live resource, as well as crucial reference material.” 

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