CodeBase opens its first centre outside Edinburgh in Stirling this month in a move the UK’s largest tech incubator believes could transform Scotland’s digital scene. The partnership with Stirling Council is the first major building block in the city’s Digital District development, a key part of the City Region Deal agreed for Stirling at the end of 2016.
The Digital District is being developed by a cross-sector partnership that includes Stirling Council, the University of Stirling, Forth Valley College and a number of players from the region’s business community. The ambition is to rapidly grow the digital technology sector in Stirling, placing the city at the forefront of Scotland’s digital skills push and leading to significant job creation.
Stephen Coleman, CEO and co-founder of CodeBase said: “As the the UK’s largest scaleup incubator, we are positioning CodeBase Stirling at the heart of a new technology-driven Scotland. In advance of our UK-wide rollout we are leveraging Stirling’s central location to provide scaleup education, technology events and mentorship for Scotland’s digital companies. We are creating a hub that can drive real growth into the region and country and are excited to be teaming up with Stirling Council, the University of Stirling and other partners and believe Stirling can become an integral part of Scotland’s fast-growing tech scene with all the knock-on benefits that come with it - not least the potential for hundreds of jobs to be created in the city.”
Johanna Boyd, Stirling Council Leader said: “Our vision is to position Stirling as an economic and cultural powerhouse, and this key collaboration with CodeBase, along with our recently announced City Deal takes a significant step towards that goal. Our aim is to transform skills development, employability, social innovation, sustainability, and productivity, with a substantial impact on positive health, wellbeing and attainment for all our people.
“We look forward to working with the CodeBase team over the next few years to realise these plans for Stirling to become a centre of digital excellence.”
Stirling Council’s Finance and Economy Convenor Cllr Neil Benny said: Stirling has a unique, strategic location, an entrepreneurial spirit, skilled workforce and fantastic quality of life, and we think CodeBase Stirling will attract some of the best talent in product development.
More than quadrupling in size since its March 2014 launch, CodeBase in Edinburgh is home to over 90 startups who employ over 600 people. CodeBase’s mission is to build and scale the next great tech companies out of Scotland and the team has helped to incubate scaleup companies who have raised over half a billion dollars of investment since the 2014 launch.