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Business for Good: Balancing Purpose with Profit in a Post-Covid Scotland

05 August 2020

Take a step back or pause for thought to reflect on why you are doing what you are doing. Why does your organisation exist?

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Douglas Martin

Why Algae?

29 June 2017

Earlier this month I joined seven other start-ups from around Scotland to take part in the kick-off meeting for the Climate-KIC Accelerator programme at the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation (ECCI). I felt like I was at my first day at school again – except we met not in a dusty classroom, but in ECCI’s airy low carbon hub.

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Highland cattle

What’s for tea…in 2030?

22 June 2017

Casting our minds ahead to tomorrow can sometimes feel challenging, so futuristic thinking was required last week when in partnership with the industry body Scotland Food and Drink we held a workshop to explore the key market and consumer trends relevant to Scottish farming, fishing, food and drink in 2030. 

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Telling the stories of women entrepreneurs

15 June 2017

It’s almost a year since the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) published its Gender Action Plan. For the first time, it sets out how SFC will work to tackle gender imbalance across the full spectrum of its activities in further and higher education.

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Vegetables

Let’s Make Innovation Happen

09 June 2017

“It’s 2030. Farming, fishing, food and drink is Scotland’s most valuable industry, recognised at home and abroad as a model of collaboration and a world leader in responsible, profitable growth.” This is Ambition 2030. Back in March, the Scotland Food & Drink Partnership and The First Minister launched the new, ambitious strategy for the Scottish farming, fishing, food and drink industry.

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Scotland hills

Creative purpose

01 June 2017

My theme this month, purpose, deviates from innovation in one sense, but from another perspective is the bedrock of anything we endeavour to do in our lives and any challenge we meet. After all, if we’re to pass all the thousand obstacles to solving a problem that matters, we need a deep sense of why it matters in the first place to ourselves.

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The success story continues

25 May 2017

I have just returned from a week’s holiday – the only time I seem to get these days to curl up with a good book. Frequently upon finishing a good read, I often wonder what happened next? 

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Specialist facilities

Keeping businesses moving with Specialist Facilities

18 May 2017

Promoting and connecting businesses to these specialist facilities that are housed within universities, research institutes and colleges is fully part of Interface’s matchmaking service and we have seen some great examples of this in use.

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SICSA DemoFest

SICSA DemoFest – Translating Research into Reality

11 May 2017

As a fairly un-techy person immersed in an overwhelmingly techy environment here at the Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA), I’m constantly amazed (and occasionally mind-boggled) by some of the innovative research happening within our 14 member institutions. Our researchers across Scotland are working on problems that can be applied to many aspects of our society.

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James Watt

The Gaitherin: Where innovation and research meet

04 May 2017

What comes to mind when you hear the Gaitherin? Burly men in tartan throwing trees around? Clan colours flying in a highland breeze? Or maybe just a wee blether with some pals over a swift half? What about creative innovation in Glasgow, what comes to mind then? 

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Sound bops

Innovation keeps bopping along

26 April 2017

Scotland is home to a number of internationally recognised and world-leading colleges and universities, which are home to a wealth of expertise and experience. Scotland’s higher education institutes are also particularly commercially savvy, spinning-out more companies than any other region in the UK [Spinouts UK].

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