The Innovation Forum is a grassroots network of innovators that seeks to build bridges between industry, academia and policy makers. We focus on the future and the evolution of today’s technologies, which range from the nascent stage to the cusp of commercial application.
With sites such as Edinburgh Castle, Holyrood Palace, and St. Giles Cathedral, the capital city of Scotland is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Home to four universities, University Of Edinburgh, Heriot Watt University, Edinburgh Napier University and Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh excels at research in life sciences, physical sciences, IT, and engineering. The birth place of Dolly the sheep, the University of Edinburgh is consistently ranked amongst the finest universities in the world. The excellent science combined with world class business programmes in universities and the excellent support from the Scottish government for education and businesses, Edinburgh represents a highly dynamic environment facilitating innovation and growth.
Edinburgh BioQuarter is one of the very few sites in the world which harbours the Royal Infirmary Hospital, a medical school, a bio-incubator, and state-of-the-art research institutes, all in one geographical location, facilitating a seamless transition of research breakthroughs in to viable products and services. With the Edinburgh Cancer Discovery Unit with its cancer models, the translational research at Queen's Medical Research Centre, Human Genetics Unit, Centre for Regenerative Medicine, and Anne Rowling Neurology Regenerative Clinic, it is no surprise that Edinburgh is an attractive location for SME and big Pharma. This is reflected in the fact that 35% of Scottish life science companies are located in Edinburgh.
The establishment of Edinburgh Science Triangle has allowed for bridging seven science parks, four universities, and two leading agricultural institutes, forming one of the top ten research and development locations in Europe. Finally, Edinburgh has thrice been ranked as the top mid-sized European city for attracting foreign direct investment, according to fDi European Cities and Regions of the Future. The Edinburgh Branch aims to further foster innovation in Edinburgh and Scotland through our activities which are tailored towards identifying and serving key areas of development. In brief, our missions are: - To enhance the interaction between different stakeholders of innovation process and to streamline application of innovative ideas to establish Edinburgh as an innovation powerhouse. - To bring innovative minds from different fields and sectors together to address today the problems of tomorrow. - To support truly ingenious and big ideas through access to our global network of entrepreneurs, investors, business support firms, and policy makers to help them grow in to globally successful businesses.