300 start-ups. 5 years.
Let’s do this.

We’re proud to partner with The University of Edinburgh to accelerate Scotland’s tech-led recovery through the Data-Driven Entrepreneurship Beacon Programme.

In partnership with

Edinburgh Innovations
Usher Insititute
Bayes Centre
Scale Space

A world-class technology hub

Launched in January 2021 with £1.3 million funding from the Scottish Funding Council, the programme supports entrepreneurs and future innovators to solve some of the world’s most pressing matters.

Nile has joined Edinburgh Innovations and some of Scotland’s top digital leaders to ensure the programme reaches its goal: to launch 300 high-quality start-ups over the next 5 years; establishing Scotland as a leading destination for purpose-led innovation and entrepreneurship.

How we’re driving progress

Training in design thinking and methodologies

Bespoke consultancy for teams

Providing contacts from our vast network

Sarah Ronald

Sarah Ronald

Founder, Nile

Scotland’s size is its strength. We are small enough to create a thriving and connected ecosystem with wide reaching benefits to be gained across academia, entrepreneurship and investment. Programmes like this are an essential part of the overall ecosystem we build. We (Nile) are here to help ensure each company, and each entrepreneur, has the best possible chance to continue to the next stage of growth.”

If we want to reach a tipping point for entrepreneurship in Scotland, initiatives like this are an essential piece of the puzzle. We have a long-held ambition to support entrepreneurs and the wider ecosystem in Scotland, so are very excited to be appointed as Strategic Design Partner for the Data-Driven Entrepreneurship Beacon Programme.”

Dag Lee

Executive Chairman, Nile

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