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Centre for innovation to open in Dundee

An innovation centre is opening in Dundee to support creative companies in emerging technologies.

The Centre for Entrepreneurship is a unique collaboration between the University of Dundee and the Elevator social enterprise programme which delivers Business Gateway services. The £250,000 project is part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Inspired by Elevator’s headquarters in Aberdeen, the centre will be located in the University’s Heathfield building.

It will act as a hub for free advice on starting or scaling a company, design led practice, commercialisation and funding or investment opportunities.

Elevator has helped support more than 2,000 companies start up or scale up over the last year, exceeding its target by 30%.

Professor Gary McEwan, chief executive of Elevator and honorary professor of entrepreneurship at the University of Dundee, said the time is right to provide the city with significant enterprises that will flourish, creating jobs and wealth for the area.

Brian McNicoll, manager of enterprise and entrepreneurship at the University of Dundee, added: “Dundee is already renowned for its digital and computing success and as the city continues its £1bn development, this exciting new Centre of Entrepreneurship will help capitalise and drive our aims further to make Dundee a hub of entrepreneurship and the regional destination for enterprising start-ups.”

The centre is due to open in late August.

Photo: Brian McNicoll and Professor Gary McEwan

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