Infographic: How To Start Your Startup In Edinburgh

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Want to bring your ambitions to life in the Scottish capital? We'll show you around Edinburgh's startup community & explain how to get started. Learn more:

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The city of Edinburgh benefits from Scotland’s impressive startup support systems and from the United Kingdom’s business ecosystem as a whole. The city is emerging as the largest British technology hub outside of London and it has the 3rd largest number of startup ‘unicorns’ per capita, after San Francisco and Provo UT. 2765 new startups emerged in Edinburgh in 2014 alone, making Edinburgh a thriving centre for science, technology, and fast-growth startups.

A City With Tradition Looking For Innovation: Edinburgh

If you prefer a more familiar city rather than a metropolis, the Scottish capital is the right place for you! With a small population of around 500,000 people, you’ll be living and working in a less stressful environment that still endorses innovation. In fact, Scotland has produced more than its fair share of innovators over the centuries: John Logie Baird developed the world’s first practical, publicly demonstrated television system, Alexander Graham Bell is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Others include Alexander Fleming (penicillin), Robert Watson-Watt (RADAR), Charles Macintosh (waterproofing), John Shepherd-Barron (ATM), John Loudon McAdam (tarmac) and many more. But Scotland is looking for new innovations to compete globally.

Since Skyscanner, Edinburgh’s startup ecosystem has seen a lot of positive changes. It’s become easier to network with mentors, other entrepreneurs as well as potential clients. As Mr. Gareth Williams points out, in an interview with The Next Web, Scotland doesn’t have the same wealth of high-profile tech startups as London, but when a company does succeed, it stands out more.

In this city, it’s easy to get into the entrepreneurial spirit and engage with the community while attending networking events as most people you need to get to know are going to be there. Probably one of the reasons these people like to live in Edinburgh is because it’s the second best city to live in Britain, with high average salaries, low unemployment levels, and an overall safe environment.

In general, Edinburgh is a modern city with a number of strong industries such as finance, technology or tourism. The city is home to a large talent pool, coming from four worldwide recognised universities, making sure that you will be able to cover your operational needs.

Edinburgh has always been a pioneer in innovation. In addition to that, the society likes to support local businesses. Those two things, for sure, will give you that extra push that you need in the beginning of your entrepreneurial journey.

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Infographic: How To Start Your Startup In Edinburgh


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