Ground-breaking new centre to support start-ups in Edinburgh

The Higgs Centre for innovation is the new ground-breaking business incubation initiative that is being completed at the Royal Observatory in Edinburgh. The centre will support start-up businesses with the intention of creating new marketing opportunities, particularly in big data and space technologies.

The initiative was driven by the Science and Technology Facilities Councils (STFC) UK Astronomy Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh and has received £10.7m of funding from the UK Government.

The centre has been named in honour Professor Peter Higgs, the Edinburgh based Nobel Prize winning physicist.  The hope is to cement Edinburgh’s reputation as a world leader in fields of astrophysics and big data and provide new opportunities for knowledge exchange between astronomers, particle physicists, engineers and industry.

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