20 May 2019

Highlands & Islands

Venue: Solasta House, 8 Inverness Campus, Inverness

Time: 11:00 to 16:00


Join us for a day of networking and collaboration as we celebrate the opening of Solasta House, the newest addition to Inverness Campus. You are welcome to attend the full event, or join us at a convenient time on Monday 20th May.


Programme (subject to change)

11.00 - Networking and business exchange opens

11.30 - Welcome, Dr Kath Mackay, Director for Ageing Society, Health & Nutrition at Innovate UK

12.00 – John Vesey, Business Manager for Health and Wellbeing, and Adrian Smith, Health Solutions Lead, from the Satellite Applications Catapult

12.30 - Intel: Phillippa Chick, Account Executive for Health & Life Sciences at Intel

13.00 - Talk, 'What makes investors invest?' John Straw, Digital Entrepreneur and Investor, and Senior Advisor to Mckinsey

14.30 - Formal opening of Solasta House by Deputy First Minister, John Swinney, MSP

14.45 - Continuation of networking and business exchange

16.00 - Close

Lunch and refreshments will be provided at the event.


One-to-one Clinics

Meet with an industry expert and discuss opportunities for funding and collaboration for your business. When you click through to register for the main event, you will be able to indicate which one of our experts you would like to meet with from the following:

CENSIS - CENSIS is the centre of excellence for sensing and imaging systems (SIS) and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies.

Datalab - Data Lab enables industry, public sector and world-class university researchers to innovate and develop new data science capabilities in a collaborative environment.

DHI – The Digital Health & Care Institute supports innovation in digital health and care will help the Scottish population to live longer and healthier lives, while creating new jobs for the economy.

IBioIC – The Industrial Biotechnology Innovation Centre supports the Industrial Biotechnology sector through industry/academia collaboration, de-risking scale-up, developing competitive opportunities and providing a skilled workforce.

SAIC - Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre's purpose is to transform Scottish aquaculture by unlocking sustainable growth through innovation excellence. Connecting businesses and academics, we fund and support commercially relevant, collaborative research.

Satellite Applications Catapult helps businesses to explore how they can use the data generated by satellites for their benefit, and bring their product or service to market. It connects business with researchers to challenge barriers, explore and develop new ideas, and bring these to commercial reality.

Innovate UK is the UK’s Innovation Agency, supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas. They connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services, and stimulate business growth. They fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into research and development.

Interface -With connections into all Scottish universities, research institutes and colleges, Interface has an established and efficient process that will save businesses time and money in finding and accessing academic expertise, research, technologies, specialist facilities and funding. The free and impartial service has helped hundreds of organisations to become more competitive enabling them to increase their profits, maximise their export potential and ultimately become more sustainable.



You’ll also have the opportunity to visit the new home of NEXUS, situated within Solasta House, and meet the companies already operating and benefiting from what is already proving to be a vibrant, collaborative workspace.