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The Higgs Centre for Innovation

An artists impression of what the Higgs Centre for Innovation will look like once completed

Artists impression of the Higgs Centre for Innovation at the Royal Observatory, Edinburgh
(Credit: STFC)

The successful business incubation model pioneered by STFC and its partners at Harwell Campus and Sci-Tech Daresbury is now set to be extended further afield.

Our UK Astronomy Technology Centre (UK ATC) in Edinburgh is driving a new business incubation initiative at the Royal Observatory Edinburgh. Called the Higgs Centre for Innovation, it is due to open to businesses at the end of 2017.

This ground-breaking new facility, run in partnership with the University of Edinburgh, will apply business incubation best practice to big data and space technology, enabling start-ups to translate fundamental research into wider commercial impact.

The Higgs Centre will:

  • House and incubate up to 12 high-tech start-up businesses
  • Support them with a comprehensive package of business training, technical advice, and access to equipment and facilities
  • Provide PhD students with direct experience of entrepreneurial environments
  • Offer to SMEs access to specialist labs and test facilities for micro/nano-satellites housed within dedicated clean-rooms

Named in honour of Professor Peter Higgs, the British scientist and Nobel Prize winner who theoretically predicted the existence of the Higgs boson almost 50 years before its discovery, the Centre has received Government investment of nearly £11 million.

Announcement of this initiative was made in December 2013.

To find out more about the Higgs Centre for Innovation:


Julian Dines
UK Astronomy Technology Centre
+44 (0)131 668 8318

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Last updated: 04 July 2019


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