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Scotland’s first innovation district

Glasgow City Innovation District is a hub for entrepreneurship, innovation, and collaboration. It builds on Scotland’s rich tradition of scientific excellence and industrial collaboration.

Where innovation starts

Bringing together ambitious, forward-thinking people, the District is tackling societal and global challenges and driving inclusive economic growth.

Heart of Glasgow

Located in the heart of Glasgow City Centre, the District is home to many innovative companies and organisations who've located here to nurture and accelerate growth, improve productivity, and access world-class research and technology from the University.

With its world-class skills and talent base, excellent transport links, and reputation as a desirable city to ‘live, work and play’, Glasgow is the ideal place to create a thriving community of companies, researchers and innovation support organisations. These are the key principles of a successful innovation district.

Get in touch to find out how your company or organisation could benefit from Glasgow City Innovation District’s transformative opportunities and investment.

Professor Sir Jim McDonald
The Innovation District puts the right infrastructure in place to help people and organisations grow. The combination of talent, collaboration, and focus on success is unbeatable.
Professor Sir Jim McDonald,
Principal, University of Strathclyde

Innovation hubs

External shot of Inovo
Inovo Building

Significant investment

The District is the result of a successful partnership between Glasgow City Council, the University of Strathclyde, Scottish Enterprise, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurial Scotland.

The environment has brought in new jobs, inward investment, and organisations with innovation at their core. From The Weir Group’s Advanced Research Centre, to the UK headquarters of Europe’s largest contract research organisation, Fraunhofer.

At the same time, significant investment has been made in the creative sector. This includes the creation of Tontine – a thriving business accelerator funded by Glasgow City Region City Deal, and Barras Art & Design in the East End.

By capitalising on the critical mass of leading, industry-relevant research, innovative companies and innovation support organisations, the District is delivering benefits to companies, the community and the economy.

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