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Scottish start-ups given San Francisco office space to grow


The Scottish Government has launched a new pilot programme, which will give a dozen Scottish start-ups a home in Silicon Valley.

Its inaugural Techscaler hub in San Francisco is being managed by CodeBase, which runs one of the country’s biggest tech incubators in Edinburgh.

The aim is to give Scottish start-ups the opportunity to grow, through networking with investors and potential customers in the US.

“Our £42m Techscaler network is showcasing some of Scotland’s most promising start-ups on the global stage,” explained Mairi McAllan, Net Zero, Energy and Wellbeing Economy Secretary.

“The benefits are clear, our start-ups are expanding their networks and engaging with communities of like-minded individuals of owners, start-ups and investors – this will help increase their visibility and grow their businesses in the global marketplace.”

McAllan added that this was to “demonstrate Scotland’s ambition to become one of Europe’s leading start-up communities.”

The office is managed by Mindspace:

“Mindspace works with governments from several countries to create landing spaces for startups. It’s amazing that the Scottish Government has joined that list,” said Mindspace co-founder and CEO Dan Zakai said:

“We have seen first hand the value of exposing startups to the San Francisco tech ecosystem. We hope to do more in future and to make the Techscaler hub a permanent fixture.”

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