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January 26, 2011

Defying the Economic Downturn

The economic conditions for the UK economy have been difficult over the last 3 years and forecasters are predicting that recovery in the short-term is unlikely, but the Alba Innovation Centre, owned by Scottish Enterprise with its community of technology…

August 16, 2011

Braveheart announce £639k Investment in Design LED Products

Braveheart Investment Group has closed a second funding round worth £639,000 for device screen lighting specialist Design LED Products, a client of Alba Innovation Centre. The angel investment firm raised cash from several of its clients with the Scottish Co-investment…

September 26, 2011

Cyberhawk shortlisted for Energy Award

Alba Innovation Centre client Cyberhawk Innovations has been shortlisted for the Energy North Awards 2011* (www.energynorth.co.uk ). The nomination in the “Best Service Supply” category has been made by Cyberhawk customer, Scottish & Southern Energy plc (SSE). The company is…

September 29, 2011

A revolutionary new device is set to dramatically increase the early detection of cervical cancer

The DySIS (Dynamic Spectral Imaging System) digital colposcope measures and maps cervical pre-cancers, eliminating the subjectivity of conventional colposcopy and significantly increasing the detection rate for cervical lesions. Cervical cancer kills more than 288,000 women each year worldwide1 and affects…

November 25, 2011

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November 28, 2011

Alba Masterclass – How to use LinkedIn to supercharge your profile

Julie Moulsdale of Perceptive Partners will guide us through a very practical session on how to get the most out LinkedIn to supercharge our personal profile and in so doing, create more business opportunities. This unmissable masterclass will cover: Managing…

February 7, 2012

Bucking the trend at Alba Innovation Centre

Young Company Finance, Jan 2012 Alba tenants report 93% growth in turnover and 46 new jobs created in the past three years. The economic conditions for the UK economy have been difficult over the last three years and forecasters are…

March 7, 2012

Scottish Enterprise Event: New Routes to Revenue – The Power of Business Model Innovation

Every business has a business model – it describes the way you create value and deliver that value to your customers in order to generate revenue. By learning how to adapt and update your business model, you could identify entirely…

March 14, 2012

Alba Innovation Centre – a growing community of technology companies

The Alba Innovation Centre located in Livingston, close to the ‘heart of Scotland’, is at the hub of an expanding community of early stage technology companies with significant growth ambitions. The centre is owned by Scottish Enterprise and is operated…

March 15, 2012

Alba Masterclass – Leadership

Many businesses have told us that leadership is the most difficult role someone can undertake. To combat this Alba Innovation are running an interactive masterclass designed to offer you the opportunity to reflect on the leadership challenges in your own…

April 5, 2012

Alba Masterclass – Intellectual Property American Style

Are you planning to do, or maybe already doing, business in the USA? Would you benefit from tips on why protecting you IP in the USA could give you a competitive advantage? Do you know how American companies go about…

April 12, 2012

£30,000 PRIZE FUND FOR BEST NEW CONSORTIUM BUSINESS IDEAS

Co-operative Development Scotland (CDS) is offering £30,000 worth of cash and support to develop new consortium co-operatives in Scotland. The inaugural Collaboration Prize aims to encourage businesses to consider working with others to form a new consortium co-operative. Co-operatives are…

May 9, 2012

Alba Innovation Newsletter May

Our new newsletter will provide you with information on the latest news, tools, hints and tips covering a range of business topics to help new and growing innovative technology businesses.   Open publication – Free publishing – More alba  …

May 29, 2012

Alba Masterclass – PR for technology companies

This Masterclass shows how PR can be used to maximum effect for high growth Technology companies. We start by setting PR in its proper context (by looking at the wider function of Marketing), then show how Companies can maximise their…

June 7, 2012

PR for Growing Companies

By Guy Robb: Associate Director, Integris Communications Whatever it is that you make, crystal – clear articulation of your product’s applications, feature and benefits is critically important to its ultimate success. Whether they read about it on your web site,…

Lean Start Ups for Digital Media – Healthy investment

When contrasted with 10 years ago, digital media is now an area where substantial value can be created with minimal cash investment due to the low set-up costs. A few talented individuals (perhaps using their own laptops) can get a…

June 8, 2012

Going for Growth (Industry Event)

An event for growing businesses Hear from Russell Dalgleish who will suggest how West Lothian firms can grow in a recession.  Russell has started a number of successful businesses and is a passionate advocate for sales-led growth.  He is also…

Alba Masterclass – Branding for your business

BOOK NOW Defining your companies brand is more than just about designing a logo.  You need to think about how you want people to perceive and engage with you, how you want to position your “brand” and how your people…

August 1, 2012

Alba Masterclass – Persuasive Proposals

From the day a tech based business is formed the founding management will be writing proposals for one purpose or another. This can be a daunting task. With unforgiving deadlines, it is a complex process, the outcome of which can…

August 10, 2012

Free PR Clinic

How effective has your PR been?  Need to do more?  Need to do better? Not sure where to start? Sarah Lee from the Hot Tin Roof agency is offering Alba tenant and client companies a free 30 minute PR clinic…

Going International for Technology Companies

It seems every time I turn on the TV or Radio I am regaled with stories about the economic doom threatening the UK economy.  Don’t get me wrong I know we are in a mess, but having run a business in…

Lunch Box Talks

The first Lunch Box Talk is planned for Wednesday 28th August and will look at how investors rate and score business plans.  The talk will look at the key questions and areas that are of interest from a funders perspective….

A Helping Hand from the Taxman for Technology Company Investment

The Seed Enterprise Investment Scheme (SEIS) has been introduced to help encourage investment in small companies.  Up to £150,000 can be raised through SEIS. SEIS offers tax relief to individuals who acquire new (fully paid) ordinary shares in qualifying trading…

Alba Client News

Dr Tom Crawford, Managing Director and co-founder, Sense Marine, has been awarded a Doctorate of Engineering by Heriot Watt University in recognition of his visionary technical leadership and exceptional contribution to Scottish industry, the Scottish economy, and to higher education….

Need a home for your early stage technology company?

Alba Innovation Hub Flyer The Innovation Hub provides workstations in a spacious shared office at an affordable monthly licence fee. • Prestigious address/dedicated telephone numbers • Fully furnished workstations • Broadband connection (the Centre is currently served by an un-contended…

September 26, 2012

ABO Wind open their Lairg Windfarm Development

A SMALL windfarm in central Sutherland was officially opened today. Lairg Wind Farm comprises just three Nordex N80 3mw turbines, standing 99.5 metres high to blade tip. The development by ABO Wind is located on Lairg Estate common grazings, some…

October 11, 2012

Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2013

APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN Lanarkshire Business Excellence Awards 2013 Friday 8th March, Motherwell Concert Hall The race is on to honour top companies in Lanarkshire.  Applications are now opened, please submit your completed application forms by midday on Friday 23rd…

October 15, 2012

Venture Capital: Views from both sides of the ‘Pond’

Informatic Ventres invites you to attend Venture Capital – Views from both sides of the pond Tuesday, 30 October 2012, 6pm for 6.30pm – 8.30pm Venue: McCance Lecture Theatre 1, 16 Richmond St, Glasgow G1 1XQ FREE RETURN BUS FROM EDINBURGH TO GLASGOW The bus…

November 1, 2012

Winning New Business

Early stage companies frequently turn to debt, equity and grants as sources of cash to fund the growth of the business.  All too often inadequate emphasis is placed on generating cash through selling product or services.  Cash generated this way…

Great Exhibition Skills

Exhibitions are a place to meet, greet and do business. Investing time and effort in the build-up to an exhibition is only one part of the equation.  Equally important is how well your team relates to and reacts with existing…

November 27, 2012

Design in Action Chiasma 1 – Wellbeing.

Design in Action is an AHRC-funded Knowledge Exchange Hub based at the University of Dundee. We are looking for participants to take part in our first Chiasma workshop event. Diabetes affects over 3.8 million people in the UK whilst a…

January 10, 2013

CIQUAL Launches On-device Applications to Deliver the Future of Mobile Customer Experience

CIQUAL today announced the launch of their Smartphone and Tablet on-device solution enabling closed-loop communication between the mobile operator and their customers and providing user engagement tools to turn customers into advocates while reducing service performance complaints. The CIQUAL on-device…

January 28, 2013

Keypoint Technologies’ Adaptxt keyboard is rated one of the 8 best Android keyboard apps in the world!

Based at the Hillington Park Innovation Centre, Keypoint Technologies is seeing their Adaptxt messaging app go from strength to strength.  One of the recent reviews of the software highlighted…. If there was an award for best-looking keyboard, Adaptxt would win…

January 29, 2013

Great Exhibition Skills

Great Exhibition Skills: Workshop This practical ‘Exhibition Skills’ training session is being organised by Scottish Enterprise at Alba Innovation Centre, offering time ‘out of the office’ to prepare and plan business development activity ahead of time. This workshop looks at…

January 30, 2013

Technology Solutions for Tourism 2013

Now in its 3rd successful year, this year’s conference, organised by ETAG, Interactive Scotland and Scottish Enterprise, has the overall theme of “Connected Edinburgh”. Read More…. http://www.creativeclyde.com/news–events/technology-solutions-for-tourism-conference  

February 5, 2013

Hillington Business Masterclass – Creating an Effective Marketing Strategy

Do you understand your market, your clients/customers and prospects and what you need to do to reach them? This interactive Masterclass will provide information and advice to help you identify your target market, market effectively to your clients or customers…

Hillington Business Masterclass – Generating the Right Sales

Location: Hillington Park Innovation Centre, Renfrewshire Building on the key learnings from the “Creating an Effective Marketing Strategy” event on the 13 Feb. This Interactive Masterclass led by Ian Downie will focus on how small businesses generate the right sales…

February 6, 2013

Alba Masterclass – Managing Organizational Growth

Throughout a period of significant growth, every aspect of an organization is tested and strained, but perhaps none more so than its organizational culture. Culture is particularly sensitive to growth-related changes because it represents a delicate social balance that is…

Alba Masterclass – Effective cash flow forecasting for raising Investment

All start up and early stage technology businesses need to forecast their cash flow in an effective and efficient manner – the cash flow forecasting model  is an essential element of any funding proposal being presented to investors and to…

Alba Masterclass – Marketing Your Business

What is good practice in upstart marketing? This masterclass will focus on building the right marketing foundations in a practical, manageable way. We will look at processes, skills and people and ask questions like, “Do you need a marketing manager?”…

February 8, 2013

Alba Innovation Centre client, DySIS Medical win Innovation Award at the Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards 2013

Held at the Edinburgh International Conference Centre last night, the annual Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards ceremony was attended by over 700 people from the global life sciences community.   The awards recognise the success and achievements of Scotland’s internationally renowned…

February 25, 2013

Sky high thinking: Could we all soon own a drone?

Alba Innovation Centre client Cyberhawk, specialises in aerial inspections for companies such as Shell, Total, Statoil and ExxonMobil, has saved one of its clients £4.6m last year after its UAVs were able to inspect a drilling derrick while it was…

March 8, 2013

Hillington Business Masterclass – Effective Exhibition Skills

Exhibitions are a place to meet, greet and do business. Investing time and effort in the build-up to an exhibition is only one part of the equation.  Equally important is how well your team relates to and reacts with existing…

March 27, 2013

‘Channels to Market’ -CEO Masterclass with Ian Ritchie

Informatics Ventures are running a CEO Masterclass for Start-ups and Technology Entrepreneurs in Scotland.  The topic for this interactive CEO Master Class is Channels to Market and Ian Ritchie will look at the development and implementation of channel strategy for…

DySIS Medical Win Medilink Innovation Award

DySIS Medical Ltd, the medical devices company in female health, was revealed today as the winner of the Innovation Award for 2013 at the annual awards ceremony. DySIS colposcopy uses spectral imaging to help clinicians highlight any areas of concern…

First ROAV / UAV flare inspection completed in Asia by Cyberhawk

Cyberhawk have completed another world first with a remote aerial flare inspection using a Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV) (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV)) in South East Asia. This is the first time this new technology has been used in the…

May 1, 2013

LESL launches start up challenge to celebrate 25th anniversary

Marking 25 years of supporting business growth in Scotland, LESL is launching the Enterprise Challenge 2013, a competition to find Scotland’s next big start up. The competition is aimed at entrepreneurs with a business plan already at an advanced stage…

May 2, 2013

Cloud Computing – a Growing Market

The Cloud Computing industry has incredible growth potential as it is still in its infancy. Drivers of cloud computing are all things internet and internet enabled. The adoption of a cloud computing model is used for achieving economies of scale,…

May 14, 2013

Alba Innovation Centre and Alba Incubation Clients Exhibiting at Open Doors

Confirmed Exhibitors include: Electronics Design LED Design LED Products are a young lighting technology company who have developed and patented a thin, flexible Light guide structure with embedded Light Emitting Diodes (LEDs). The unique physical properties are: • Thin (typically 2mm)…

May 15, 2013

Technology Connections Zone at Scotland’s Technology Show

Are you looking to find new connections in the technology sector? Do you need to find the decision makers in a large OEM or an IP lawyer that specialises in cloud software? ICS and the Alba Incubation Service team will…

May 16, 2013

Scottish Digital Technology Awards – CEO of the Year 2013

A new category, CEO of the Year 2013, has been added to the Scottish Digital Technology Awards. Make sure you get your nomination in by emailing Karen.Meechan@scotlandIS.com with the name of the CEO you’d nominate, company name and 5 bullet points as…

June 4, 2013

Sensor makers to benefit from 4G services demand

SPECIALISTS in sensor and imaging systems are set for a boost as the widening roll-out of super-fast 4G mobile networks drives demand for remote monitoring technology. Please click here for full article

June 5, 2013

Hillington Business Masterclass – Effective Exhibition Skills,Monday 17th June

Due to high demand, we are scheduling a second date for this FREE workshop!!  Get booked early to ensure you secure your place!! Exhibitions are a place to meet, greet and do business. Investing time and effort in the build-up…

June 13, 2013

ScotSoft2013

ScotSoft2013 is the premier event in the Scottish digital technology industries calendar, incorporating its Global Forum, a concentrated measure of thought leadership, and the ScotSoft awards dinner, with the Young Software Engineer of the Year awards. Attend the forum, discuss your issues…

The Future of B-to-B Sales and Marketing: Conquering the ever-changing World of B-to-B Buying

The changing buyer’s journey is challenging Sales and Marketing more than at any time previously. As buyers move online, a different, more self-guided buyer journey is compressing sales cycles and making it harder for companies to get the buyer’s attention….

Digital Public Services and Procurement

The Scottish Government, in conjunction with TechCube and ScotlandIS, is hosting a seminar for small and micro businesses in TechCube on the 26th of June. The aims of the session are to: Give an overview on the Scottish Government’s plans…

June 14, 2013

Alba Opens its Doors to the Tech Community in Scotland

30th May saw over 100 people gather in Scottish Enterprise’s technology innovation centre in Livingston to discuss tech, demo tech, meet people in tech and find out what’s the next big things influencing tech.  Alba Open Doors which took place…

June 19, 2013

Cosneta funds first product

Cosneta is developing the go anywhere, use anytime, interactive white-board that fits your pocket. The technology called FreeRunner is a digital pen that plugs wirelessly into any computer and allows the user to control a PC from a projected image,…

June 28, 2013

Investment strategy aims to tackle IT skills shortage

THE Scottish Government is poised to unveil a skills investment strategy for the IT and digital media sector in an effort to stem an impending crisis for talent that threatens to thwart growth. Companies such as flight search group Skyscanner…

August 2, 2013

Smart Exporter: Reducing risks in international trade

29th August 2013, Alba Innovation Centre Livingston 8.30 registration, 9am start. 11am close. BOOK NOW Learn how we can help you mitigate some of the risks associated with trading in international markets and find out what support and help (both…

August 5, 2013

Smart Exporter:Reducing risks in international trade

29th August 2013, Alba Innovation Centre Livingston 8.30 registration, 9am start. 11am close. Learn how we can help you mitigate some of the risks associated with trading in international markets and find out what support and help (both practical and…

August 9, 2013

Runrev Seminar- ‘Crowdfunding changed our business’

Meet Us and Find Out How We Did It Can you really raise half a million pounds for your fantastic business idea, without paying crazy interest, kowtowing to “business angels” or selling your first born to the bank? We Did….

The Pitch Live – the only entrepreneurial event you need to attend this year!

Now that we’ve all got over the excitement of The Pitch 50 announcement earlier this week (if you missed it you can meet them all below) it’s time to start getting really excited about The Pitch Live!  The Pitch Live…

August 16, 2013

Little Acorn, Mighty Oak – Why incubation works

Dominic Ryan from the Herald has written a great article about how start up business can greatly benefit from the help and support that incubation services bring. It also focus’ on ICS as one of the leaders in Scotland at delivering these…

August 19, 2013

The Scottish EDGE – Round 3 open 20th Aug-18th Sep

The Scottish EDGE (Encouraging Dynamic Growth Entrepreneurs) Would you like the chance to win £50,000 to help grow your business? The Scottish EDGE is a fund set up to support and encourage entrepreneurial activity among young companies in Scotland. If…

August 22, 2013

Smart Exporter: Reducing the risks in international trade

12th September 2013, Hillington Park Innovation Centre, Glasgow. 8.30 registration, 9am start. 11am close. Book now Learn how we can help you mitigate some of the risks associated with trading in international markets and find out what support and help…

August 27, 2013

BBC Connected Studio for Scotland’s Referendum

Tuesday 17th September 2013, BBC Scotland HQ, Glasgow The Connected Studio for Scotland’s Referendum will be held at BBC Scotland’s Headquarters in Glasgow on Tuesday the 17th September 2013, a year and a day ahead of the date of the…

September 13, 2013

Innovators helping to tap oil reserves deep below the waves

By Stephen Eisenhammer Wed Sep 11, 2013 (Reuters) – Thousands of meters beneath the waves and the sea floor, new technology pioneered by small firms is helping to make oil production sustainable at extreme temperature and pressure. More than a…

September 16, 2013

Identifying the Best Routes to Market for your Technology Busines

Thurs 3 October 2013,09:00 Registration, 09:30 start 12:30 close (lunch will be provided from 12:30 – 13:30)  Alba Innovation Centre, Livingston Finding the right channel for your product or service is instrumental in making the first sale! Companies invest a…

Incubation centre operator warns of cash struggle

by PETER RANSCOMBE, The Scotsman YOUNG technology companies are struggling to raise early-stage funding, making it harder for Scotland to create its next Craneware or Wolfson, according to a senior figure in the industry. Peter Andrew – head of innovation…

September 18, 2013

West Lothian Business Excellence Award

The Business Excellence Awards showcase the talent, drive, commitment and successes of West Lothian businesses. From innovation and business start-up, to business leadership West Lothian is fast emerging as a pathfinder for the new economy. There are a range of…

IC tomorrow ‘Digital Innovation Contest – Games’

IC tomorrow has launched the ‘Digital Innovation Contest – Games’ in partnership with some of the UK’s biggest games and tech brands – Sony Computer Entertainment Europe (SCEE), Crytek UK, Intel, Google Chrome, ODEON Cinemas and Pinewood Studios. The contest…

September 26, 2013

Fingerprint Announces Seven New Learning APPS For Kids

Fingerprint, a mobile entertainment network for kids, is teaming up with TigerFace Games, an award-winning app developer, to deliver seven new collaborative learning apps that allow kids and families to play and learn together. This multi-title release on the Fingerprint…

October 4, 2013

Young Company Finance Conference shares Investment, Exit Strategies and Commercialisation tips

The recent Young Company Finance Conference highlighted some key trends in the start-up scene in the UK and some great tips for companies looking for investment. Here are some of the observations  from the Technology Innovation Team at ICS from…

Investment and Funding Opportunities for Technology Solutions

This event, hosted by the Alba Incubation Service, Encompass and Hillington Park Innovation Centre is for senior decision makers within businesses who are strongly considering funding and investment opportunities for a technology solution. You will hear from industry speakers on how to create the investment pitch the investors want to…

October 8, 2013

Learning goes mobile in Angola

Aberdeen based mobile learning programme developers Skills@Work who are a client of the Alba Incubation Service, have won a contract to support the development of local content in Angola. In November, their Future Leaders@Work “Introduction to Business Administration” programme will…

October 9, 2013

Four Steps to Technology Product Market Validation

What makes a Technology Product valid for market? What do we mean by “valid”: sound, just and well-founded. So the question is really, “What makes a Technology Product sound, just and well-founded for market?”. And the answer is; there are…

October 15, 2013

Choosing the Most Effective Routes to Market

Thursday 24th October 2013 – 9.00am – 12.00pm, Hillington Park Innovation Centre. Register Here You can have the best product in the world but you will fail if you are unable to put it in front of the right customer. In…

October 16, 2013

Commercialising Technology – 7 Things You Need to Do

The Technology Innovation team at the Alba Incubation Service are all about helping technology entrepreneurs commercialise their product or service.  That is our key focus, our raison d’être.  Each day we get up and come into work or go out…

October 18, 2013

Identifying the Best Routes to Market for your Technology Business

We at the Alba Innovation centre are proud to present the slides from our latest event, hosted by Andrew McGee on identifying the best routes to market for your technology Business”. Identifying best routes to market

October 23, 2013

Market Intelligence and Market Opportunities

Research is a critical element of starting and growing an innovative technology business, but turning that research into intelligence that helps you make informed decisions is a skill!  There are several key areas of research that entrepreneurs who want to…

October 25, 2013

Crowdfunding Impact in Technology

Technology companies need to raise significant amounts of capital when they start-up. Could crowdfunding be a means of raising this? Edinburgh Science Triangle and Alba Innovation Centre invite you to a seminar to hear from experts. Book now and discover whether…

November 6, 2013

7 Steps to Marketing a Technology Business

In case you haven’t noticed, marketing has fundamentally changed in the last few years.  When I was a lad, in my first proper job, I ran an outdoor centre.  It was a lovely job; out my window families of ducks…

November 12, 2013

Cobra Simulation – Scotland

29-Oct-2013 by Staff Correspondent, The Business Incubator The Cobra Curved Display is the world’s first panadome spherical projection screen to utilise a single projector. The product uses the latest in first surface mirror technology and image warping software to provide…

Keep Calm and Incubate

21-Oct-2013 by Bhavana Desai, The Business Incubator Bhavana Desai walks us through the history of business incubation in the UK against the backdrop of UKBI’s role in the industry. 2013! UK Business Incubation (UKBI) celebrates 15 years of acting as a…

November 13, 2013

Investment & Funding are still high up on the agenda for SMEs

A recent event in the Hillington Park Innovation Centre saw over 70 SMEs from the tech sector gather together to find out what funding and investment routes were open to support their new ideas and growth of their business. Organised…

The best funding for tech businesses

What type of funding might work best for your tech business?  Founder’s Funding; Friends, Family or Fools Funding (FFF); Grants; Loans; Angels; VC’s, Crowdfunding or Corporate Venturing? Our next two blog posts will be dedicated to helping tech businesses in…

November 20, 2013

The best funding for tech businesses Part 2

In part 1 of this series, we explored: Founder’s Funding; Friends, Family or Fools Funding (FFFF), Grants and Crowdfunding.  In Part 2, we’ll look at Loans; Angels; VC’s and Corporate Venturing. In Part 1 of this two part series of…

November 26, 2013

Cobra Simulation to appear on The Gadget Show

Based in Livingston at the Alba Innovation Centre, Cobra Simulation was founded in 2012 by Alexander Bradley in order to develop, manufacture and market a ground-breaking new ‘2D/3D wraparound’ display solution. Flight simulation markets alone were worth approx $3.2 Billion…

Interview with Tantallon on their EnergyFusion™ management system

Taken from the Modern Built Environment Group on Technology Strategy Board’s _connect platform. Original article can be found at: http://bit.ly/18laWjb EnergyFusion™ is an energy management system that reduces the operational costs of commercial buildings throughout their lifetime. It also has…

Cyberhawk achieves worlds first offshore met-mast inspection using ROAVs

Alba Innovation Centre client Cyberhawk has once again proven its status as the world leader in remote inspection by achieving the worlds first inspection of an offshore met-mast using a Remotely Operated Aerial Vehicle (ROAV). The inspection was successfully completed…

November 27, 2013

Funding the IT crowd

Is crowdfunding a serious contender for Scottish tech startups looking to fund their big idea and create the exposure they need to grow? asks Anna-Marie Taylor The crowdfunding phenomenon has snowballed over the last few years, having been successfully harnessed…

November 28, 2013

Why the right management team really is key to tech success

Find out why the next great idea is no longer enough on it’s own; discover that market conditions and investors alike are demanding much, much more. In this article we’ll discuss the need for start-up and growing tech businesses to…

December 4, 2013

Vesaro and Cobra Simulation reveal The Gadget Show detailed specs

Source: www.cobrasimulation.com, 3rd December 2013 Vesaro & Cobra Simulation recently featured on the Gadget Show with an outstanding display of pure automotive racing adreniline. Combing the elegant sleek quality of the new v-spec rig with spherical projection screen the Cobra…

December 5, 2013

New touchstone for touchless devices

Source: www.openscotlandmag.com, Peter Barr, 3rd December 2013 Edinburgh-based Wolfson Microelectronics has teamed up with Elliptic Labs of Norway “to make touchless gesture control a reality for consumer electronics devices such as smartphones and tablets, as well as for in-car infotainment.”…

Helping Scots punch above their weight in the Renewable Energy sector

In the wake of the breaking news that the government has decided to put its force behind offshore wind farms at the cost of onshore wind farms, we thought today was as good a day as any to look at…

December 10, 2013

Ecommerce Scotland Forum

Thursday 13th Feb,2014 at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Glasgow 9am till 4.30pm Book Now This inaugural Ecommerce Scotland Forum will be motivational and uplifting. Through our inspirational, world-renowned speakers, case studies and “How to” sessions we will share knowledge and…

December 11, 2013

Your Ideal Customer and How to Get Them to Find You

Being an innovator and developing the next ‘big thing’ is all good and well, but without the ability to sniff out buyers and persuade them to part with their hard-earned cash, your efforts are worthless.  What’s even better, though, is…

December 16, 2013

Scottish Manufacturing Advisory Service – Innovation Event, Linn Products

Linn Products, together with Scottish Enterprise and Scott-Moncrieff, are pleased to invite you to an Innovation event at their manufacturing facility in Glasgow (G76 0EQ) on Wednesday 22nd January 2014 at 9am. Book NOW Purpose of event Harnessing innovation and creativity to…

December 18, 2013

Pricing Strategies for Technology Solutions

As a tech innovation start-up company, getting the price right for your product or service can be a real nightmare.  In this article our aim is to help demystify the whole pricing process by discussing:   The ‘hard’ stuff that…

December 19, 2013

Smart Innovation – Glasgow Workshop

Tuesday 11th February, 2014 The Lighthouse, Mitchell Lane, Glasgow 9am – 1pm This workshop will be hosted by Encompass in conjunction with the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA) Clever companies innovate. You know that. However, really clever companies seek…

December 23, 2013

SMART INNOVATION: Non-traditional Routes to Funding

Thursday 20th February, 2014 Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, AB23 8GX 11.45am – 2pm This workshop is hosted by Encompass in conjunction with Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce. AGENDA 11.45am-12 noon Arrival and registration 12 noon – 12.05 Welcome…

January 3, 2014

Top Five New Year’s Predictions – New Technology 2014

 1. Android Android is the OS of the future. Android powers the majority  of the world’s smartphones and is in almost 1 billion devices worldwide.  Google’s mobile operating system is in just about any kind of mobile device such as…

Guest Blog- Thinking about the Talent War

Stephen McLeod Blythe, WordPress.com There’s a lot of talk in the tech industry lately about a ‘lack of good people’, and the various ways to attract the best folk to not only come and work with you, but also to stay once…

January 8, 2014

How do start-up tech companies attract the right people?

If your tech start-up is in the process of staffing-up, there’s a whole lot more to take into consideration than you might at first think.  Although there’s still plenty of unemployment in all sectors and across all levels, sniffing out…

January 14, 2014

PR Hotdesk -Tell the World your Story: Communication in a digital age for high growth startups

Tues 28th January, Alba Innovation Centre, Livingston, EH54 7GA Registration from 10:00, event start 10:15, finish 12:00. Optional 1-2-1 clinics from 12:30 – 16:00 Book Your Place Now As communication channels multiply you need to work harder than ever to remain visible….

DySIS Medical Appoints Robert Cascella as Chairman

Source: www.marketwatch.com, January 7th 2014 DySIS Medical Ltd, a medical devices company active within Women’s Health, today announces that Robert Cascella has joined as Chairman of the board of directors of the Company effective January 2014. His appointment further strengthens…

January 15, 2014

The benefits of building a Scottish Technology Community

Innovation, in any shape or form can be a lonely process, but being a tech innovator in Scotland sometimes leads people to feel really out on a limb.  It’s for this reason that, as an innovator, it’s really important to…

January 20, 2014

Tigerface app nominated for major award

Source: www.openscotlandmag.com, by Peter Barr on January 19, 2014 Alba Incubation Service client  Tigerface Games was recently nominated for Best Learning App for Kids at the iKids Awards, an annual competition created to recognise “the world’s best interactive products for children.” Cosmic…

January 21, 2014

Sales Processes for Tech Start-Ups to Consider

If you’re involved in a tech start-up, you’ll be only too aware of the importance of getting your innovation to market swiftly and at the right price.  Getting your sales process spot-on isn’t easy and without lots of consideration and…

January 22, 2014

Wolfram Technologies Workshop

Thursday 27th February 2014, Alba Innovation Centre, Livingston, EH54 7GA Registation begins at 8.50 am, with event start at 9.00 am. This free event features both presentations and workshops and is open to all. Seats are limited, so register HERE…

Scottish Enterprise Life Sciences Awards 2014 finalists

Source: http://www.scottish-enterprise.com/knowledge-hub, 4th Dec 2013 Alba Innovation client ‘DySIS Medical’ have been nominated for the Scottish Life Sciences Investment of the year. Successful nominations have been named in six award categories which celebrate the continuing global achievements of the sector. Held…

January 29, 2014

The best way of sourcing funding for your tech start-up

Securing any form of funding for your business in the UK right now is tough, but at the risk of being the bearer of even more bad news, it’s particularly tough for tech start-ups.  Typically perceived by the banks as…

CeBIT Global Conference 2014

10th – 14th March 2014, Hannover Exhibition Centre, Germany Book your free ticket here The CeBIT Global Conferences are the highlight event in the CeBIT conference program, and 2014 marks the first time that they will be held in their own…

January 30, 2014

Alba Masterclass – How to build a tech start-up

A strong management team is absolutely crucial to building a successful tech start-up. Do you think you and your fellow directors have all the attributes you need to secure investment? Are you even clear what attributes investors are specifically looking…

February 5, 2014

The Virtual Incubation Centre is here

At the Alba Innovation Centre, we understand that life as a tech innovator can be a lonely one, and it’s for that reason that we encourage a real feeling of community across everything we do.  When you become part of…

Travel search firm Skyscanner aiming high

Source: www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-scotland-business, 5th Feb 2014 One of the brightest prospects for a global technology firm to grow in Scotland has reported a near doubling of turnover in the past year. Edinburgh based Skyscanner reported 2013 turnover up by 96% to…

February 6, 2014

Business Leadership Networking Evening

Where: Eden Scott, 26 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, EH2 1AF Places are limited, to secure your place, please R.S.V.P. to Craig Jackson Eden Scott are delighted to be hosting an informal networking evening offering business leaders in Scotland the opportunity…

Innovation Prize: Call for proposal is now open!

Call for proposal starts February 3rd and ends April 19th 2014. Universal Biotech and its partners are proud to announce that the call for proposal for the 6th edition of the Innovation Prize is now open! The prize rewards innovative projects…

February 7, 2014

Guest Blog: The Impact 3D Printing Will Have on Your Speed to Market

John Paterson, Morphotechnics 3D Printing is on the rise. Mashable and Gartner both list it as one of the tech trends and disruptive solutions to watch in 2014. New uses for 3D printing are being developed every day, transforming our…

Communication in a digital age for high growth start-ups

Wednesday 26th February, Hillington Park Innovation Centre, Glasgow, G52 4RU Registration from 10:00, event start 10:15, finish 12:00. Optional 1-2-1 clinics from 12:30 – 15:00 As communication channels multiply you need to work harder than ever to remain visible. Your goal…

February 12, 2014

7 steps to a market-ready product

Sitting down to write this article, I still have the Scotland Rugby Team’s Six Nation’s defeats ringing in my ears.  And, if I’m honest I don’t have particularly high hopes for the next round. But thinking about the rugby and…

BQ Scottish Export Awards 2014

Business Quarterly (BQ) Scotland, in association with Scottish Enterprise is delighted to announce the inaugural Scottish Export Awards on 28 May 2014 at the iconic Glasgow Science Centre. If you can demonstrate strong business growth through exports, and innovative ways…

February 19, 2014

7 steps to a market-ready product: Part 2

If you read Part 1 of this article last week, you’ll be only too aware of the disappointment that was ringing in my ears as I was writing it.  As a rugby fan, I don’t feel that my expectations were…

February 21, 2014

Smarter working: Plantedd

Alba Incubation Client, Plantedd share how they are utilising cloud computing to make the collaborations between colleagues and our customers more efficient and effective. In order for us to adopt smarter working properly, we have to be able to work anywhere…

February 26, 2014

Understanding the Pains and Needs of Your Client

As I sit down to write this blog post, I’m reeling after the British Women’s Curling team’s success in the bronze final against Switzerland at the Sochi Winter Olympics and the men’s silver medal against Canada.  What a scoop it…

Expo/Ren 2014

A free export themed partnership event taking place on 21st March at West College Scotland designed to encourage Renfrewshire based companies to export / export more. The launch of the new Renfrewshire Exportin Partnership, created by Renfrewshire Jobs & Economy…

February 27, 2014

ScotlandIS, Ecommerce Masterclass -Managing Payment and Fraud

Location: Apex House, 99 Haymarket Terrace, Edinburgh EH12 5HD This Masterclass forms part of the Ecommerce Scotland programme, in partnership with Scottish Enterprise and Smart Exporter. For full details of the complete programme click here. Learn how to manage payments and protect your…

March 5, 2014

Picking the best market for your technology start-up

The secret to any great innovation is getting it to market and making money from it.  While the major part of innovation excitement may be the creation and the development of your concept, there are few things as powerful as…

DySIS Medical wins prestigious Innovation Award

DySIS Medical Ltd, a  medical devices company specialising  in female health, was revealed as the winner of the Innovation Award for 2013 at the annual awards ceremony. DySIS colposcopy uses spectral imaging to help clinicians highlight any areas of concern…

March 13, 2014

UK defence company Nautilus International deploys the Cobra Curved Display

The SD – Cobra Curved Display received its latest endorsement from UK defence company Nautilus International. Nautilus International provides services and products in C2, C4ISTAR, ISR, Simulation, Training and unmanned aerial systems to military, defense, civil and government organisations worldwide. …

Win a place at the Scottish Start-up Summit San Francisco this summer

Scottish Start-Up Summit in San Francisco is part of The Scottish Start-Up World Tour where over the next two years it aims to run inspiring entrepreneurial events in six countries. All the summits are not-for profit events organised by We…

Crowdfunding Clinic – New ways to fund your technology start up

Crowdfunding has recently surged in popularity with the success of platforms like Kickstarter, but such reward-based platforms are mainly applicable to companies that offer consumer products – so what if you don’t? Focusing on technology companies, Jude Cook, Co-founder of…

March 17, 2014

Today Scotland, tomorrow the World!

If you’d said to someone only 20 years ago that it would be possible for even the smallest business to secure a foothold on the global commerce stage, they’d probably have laughed in your face.  But the reality is that…

March 19, 2014

Alba helps get over 60 tech start-ups off the ground

With 92% occupancy and 147 people currently employed by the 23 tenants, the Alba Innovation Centre is a hive of activity!  Companies employ between 1 – 25 people and range from ones who are pre-trading to some that have been…

March 20, 2014

Social and Mobile: The Tech Savvy Scottish Jobseeker

  50% of job seekers use a mobile device to browse jobs online. 54% of job seekers use social networks to discover opportunities. As Head of Client Services at Eden Scott, my role is to support Start-Up and growing businesses…

March 21, 2014

SEO Masterclass – Helping you Master International SEO for your Tech Business

Location:  Hillington Park Innovation Centre, Glasgow Ensuring your SEO is set up effectively on the Web and via Social Media could make a difference between people finding you and not!   Delivered by SEO expert Grant Ruxton from Boyd Digital, this masterclass…

March 24, 2014

BETTER, FASTER BUSINESS IDEAS & HOW TO MAKE THEM WORK IN THE REAL WORLD

Location: HILLINGTON PARK INNOVATION CENTRE 9am-5.00pm – limited places available If you want your technology business to grow, you know you need to get unstuck and innovate.  That means taking yourself away from the day-to-day routine and concentrating on how to develop…

April 1, 2014

Connecting Your Tech Company with the US Comeback

The Alba Incubation Service invites you to hear from and meet with well-connected international business development specialists John Zindar, partner of the European American Business Organisation and Paul Mills, formerly with the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany. Amongst other things, John and Paul…

April 2, 2014

Facing an Entrepreneur’s Dark Moments and beating them

This blog was recently published in Real Business at http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/26098-beating-an-entrepreneurs-dark-moments If every entrepreneur had no doubts or fears at some stage in their business, then everyone would do it. It’s not easy, but knowing these eight key areas will help you…

April 7, 2014

Hillington Masterclass – Building The Dream Team

As every SME business knows, building an effective team is one of the most difficult hurdles a company has to face. Traditional job sites like monster.com and s1jobs are losing their attractiveness with employers and people looking for jobs, but…

The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2014 is now accepting applications!

Date: Applications close 29th April 2014,Awards Dinner: 19th June 2014, Interested? Click here to find out more Venue: Marriot Hotel, Glasgow The ScotlandIS Digital Technology Awards 2014 is now accepting applications, we’d like to invite you to get involved. Celebrating the…

April 9, 2014

9 ways the high-growth startup scene is like Snakes and Ladders

This blog was recently published in Real Business at http://realbusiness.co.uk/article/26314-9-ways-the-high-growth-startup-scene-is-like-snakes-and-ladders A high-growth startup tech business’ progress can scarily be like the race from the bottom left to the top right of a Snakes and Ladders board, aided by a dice and…

Medical Devices for NHS Scotland: Demystifying the Process

Location: Stirling Management Centre, Stirling University Campus We all know the huge pressure being created within the health services by the ageing population and rapidly increasing number of long term conditions.  This is necessitating technological developments which put more power…

April 11, 2014

KTP SURGERY – DOES YOUR BUSINESS NEED ADVICE ON HOW IT CAN FACILITATE BUSINESS GROWTH?

Book Here for a 1:1 surgery with KTP to discuss your business requirements Does your business need advice on how it can facilitate business growth? Up to 67% of project costs funded by Grant Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP’s) are one of…

Business and Tech Trends of 2014

Technology is constantly evolving.  Entrepreneurs need to embrace this evolution to ensure they stay on top of their game, maximise their brand awareness, develop good content, capitalise on opportunities and keep in touch with new and existing customers. This event…

April 16, 2014

Writing the Killer Proposal – Part 1

If you run a technology start-up business, the ability to write a ‘killer’ proposal is an essential part of your armoury and something that you simply must make sure you get right.  It’s on this basis that we’ve decided to…

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