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Building on the entrepreneurial ambitions set out in the National Strategy for Economic Transformation, Economy Secretary Kate Forbes has said that work is underway – backed by £45 million of investment – to help transform Scotland’s tech sector.
During a parliamentary statement, Ms Forbes highlighted the progress made to date to implement the Logan Review. Actions include:
- finalising arrangements for five new Tech Scaler hubs, with the potential to create more than 300 high-quality start-ups, that will offer mentorship support to budding entrepreneurs. These new hubs, located around the country, will help to ensure new and existing tech innovators have access to high-quality commercial education
- establishing a £1 million Scottish Tech Ecosystem Fund providing support for organisations to deliver meetups and events which create the best environment for entrepreneurs to succeed
- investing more than £1 million in new devices and equipment to support the teaching of computing science
- appointing teachers who will drive improvements in equipment and training while sharing best practice
- allocating £1.5 million for reskilling – including support for those on low incomes to gain digital skills
A Chief Entrepreneur Officer will also soon be appointed by the Scottish Government to help ensure entrepreneurship ambitions are embedded in policy development.