EIT Digital’s new Scottish satellite in Edinburgh: Connecting Scottish business and academia

An image from the launch of the Scottish satellite which will connect Scottish business and academia

EIT Digital has officially launched its new Scottish satellite in Edinburgh, which will form connections between Scottish business and academia, and boost Scotland’s global partnerships in the digital sphere.

SciTech Europa attended the launch event for the Edinburgh satellite, which is funded by the Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Funding Council and EIT Digital. The new office is hosted in the University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre.

EIT Digital

EIT Digital is a leading European digital innovation and entrepreneurial education organisation, which works across Europe and globally. The new office will contribute to achieving the Scottish Government’s goals, such as:

  • Deeping the relationships between Scotland and the EU;
  • Increase innovation and investment in R&D;
  • Increase university-industry knowledge exchange;
  • Developing skills in Scottish business; and
  • Promoting Scotland’s offer to investors and talent.

How will Brexit affect Scottish business in the digital sector?

At the opening ceremony, Innovation Minister Ivan McKee said: “Our vision is for a Scotland where innovation is an intrinsic part of our culture, our society and our economy. 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 is 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.”

How EIT Digital is committing to the digital transformation in Scotland

EIT Digital has an annual budget of €100 million to drive Europe’s digital transformation. EIT Digital invests to accelerate the market uptake of research-based digital technologies. It also focuses on the societal challenges of Europe, in the following areas:

  • Digital Industry;
  • Digital Finance;
  • Digital Cities;
  • Digital Wellbeing;and
  • Digital Tech.

EIT Digital CEO Willem Jonker, commented: “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.”

The EIT Digital Academy breeds entrepreneurial digital talent focused on innovation through a blended Education Strategy that includes a Master School, Doctoral School and Professional School.

The Satellite in Edinburgh will also have a new pan-Scotland Doctoral Training Centre. This  will focus on Fintech and other areas of national strategic importance for Scotland. The first of which is due to begin at the University of Edinburgh later in 2019.

For more information visit: www.eitdigital.eu

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