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Second Eagle lab offers support to north east entrepreneurs

Lab offers advice to new firms

A second Eagle Lab is opening in Scotland to support entrepreneurs in the north east and drive innovation.

The lab will be in the ONE Tech Hub in Aberdeen, as part of the ONE Codebase incubator and will open in September.

As one of Barclays’ flagship Labs for Industry 4.0, it will help North East entrepreneurs build on and diversify from oil and gas, as well as unlock the potential of emerging technologies – such as the Internet of Things, advanced manufacturing and robotics – associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

The Lab’s Maker Space will feature facilities for digital fabrication, 3D printing and laser cutting, and a range of electronics equipment. This will provide businesses with access to the tools they need to rapidly produce and test prototypes in a matter of hours rather than weeks, avoiding prohibitive costs or having to look overseas. 

Entrepreneurs using the space will be supported by an ecosystem manager who will provide mentoring, create connections and share opportunities to help high growth businesses achieve their ambitions. A dedicated Eagle Lab engineer will also be available to offer technical expertise and advice to enable Industry 4.0 businesses to flourish.

There are now 25 Eagle labs across the country and the facilities in Aberdeen will complement ONE CodeBase’s range of support for digital tech start-ups.

ONE CodeBase is a partnership between private-sector development body Opportunity North East (ONE) and thetech incubator CodeBase.

Sir Ian Wood, chairman of ONE, said: “ONE has invested at pace to build a digital tech community and cluster and Barclays’ decision to open an Eagle Lab in Aberdeen is another strong endorsement of the region’s talent and potential and further evidence of the continued growth of the local digital  scene.

“The Eagle Lab will be a unique addition to the ONE Codebase community which provides digital tech companies access to a range of mentors, investors, partners and on-site technical expertise to support company creation and scale-up.”

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