Centre for Space-based start-ups opens

Published: 31 May 2018

A new innovation centre has opened in Edinburgh, offering start-up companies direct access to world leading scientists, engineers and big data experts.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation offers specialist expertise and support in space-related technology and big-data analytics. Up to 12 companies will be based in the Centre at any one time and will work next to researchers and engineers from both STFC’s UK Astronomy Technology Centre and the University of Edinburgh.

Scotland has an outstanding reputation for science and innovation...The Higgs Centre will harness this creativity, helping disruptive start-ups and entrepreneurs...

Sam Gyimah, Science Minister , The Scottish Government


Professor Gillian Wright, the director of the UKATC, said: “The Higgs Centre for Innovation creates a collaborative hub where business can work with and alongside specialists in the space and big-data sectors. By plugging smaller companies straight into the world-leading research and engineering available on our historic Royal Observatory site in Edinburgh, it will provide a significant stimulus to innovation across the region.”

The Higgs Centre for Innovation is funded through a £10.7m investment from the UK Government through the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC) and STFC is also investing £2m over the next five years to operate the Centre. The Centre incorporates laboratories and working spaces for researchers, and facilities suitable for businesses, and includes a Business Incubation Centre (BIC) based on the successful European Space Agency model already in operation in the UK.

The Centre, Operated by STFC, will also support new academic activities and enable the University’s astronomy and astrophysics PhD students to work directly with start-up companies to solve real-world problems.

The Centre is named in honour of Professor Peter Higgs of the University of Edinburgh, who was awarded the Nobel Prize for Physics in 2013 for his theoretical prediction of the Higgs boson...

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