ONE Tech Hub has officially opened following a £1.5 million investment to accelerate digital tech business growth in the North East of Scotland.
Private sector economic development body, Opportunity North East (ONE), has led the development of ONE Tech Hub alongside Robert Gordon University and ONE CodeBase as key partners.
The new hub will bring together leading digital tech business incubation and ONE CodeBase’s expertise with a wide range of connections and investors focused on helping technology companies to develop and grow. For companies across a host of sectors, the Hub will provide an environment in which they can connect with the digital tech sector to explore digital transformation.
Located in Aberdeen city centre, the Hub will offer tenants of ONE CodeBase will “unrivalled” access to co-working spaces, offices, meeting rooms, social areas and up to 30 hotdesks. It will also host a broad range of business events, including meetups, industry networking events, education and accelerator programmes, and focused workshops.
Stephen Coleman OBE, CEO and co-founder of CodeBase, commented: “ONE CodeBase sits at the heart of the digital community created by the Hub. Together, we will provide a range of expert support for businesses in the region, from startups looking to scale, to incumbents looking to transform.”
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ONE Tech Hub will also house RGU’s Entrepreneurship and Innovation activity, including the RGU Startup Accelerator. The accelerator supports teams of students, staff and recent alumni from RGU and North East Scotland College to development businesses through training, mentorship and investment.
RGU’s new Creative Accelerator will launch in ONE Tech Hub this summer. The accelerator forms a key component of the university’s efforts to develop and retain creative industries talent and startups in the North East of Scotland, as well as supporting the growing cultural sector in the region.
Professor Gordon McConnell, VP for Commercial and Regional Innovation at RGU, said: “The opening on the ONE Tech Hub is a significant milestone in the university’s vision to stimulate entrepreneurial activity across the region and create a unique and inclusive environment where new generations of entrepreneurs, inventors and innovators can thrive.
“The presence of our start-up accelerator programmes will mean that our staff, students and alumni are based in the heart of North-East of Scotland’s focal point for creation and innovation, enabling them to interact with a range of talent and creatives and learn in a dedicated facility that will be a major asset to economic development in Aberdeen.”
Sir Ian Wood KT GBE, chair of ONE and ONE’s Digital & Entrepreneurship board, added: “We recognised the huge role that digital has to play in achieving the long-term transformation of the regional economy and this was behind the decision to establish the ONE D&E Board two years ago. In that time, we have invested at pace to build the digital tech community and company cluster.
“ONE Tech Hub will act as the focal point to accelerate the creation of digital businesses in North East Scotland, support our key industries embrace digital solutions to achieve growth, and enhance our entrepreneurial environment to support company creation and scale-up.”