Higgs Centre for Innovation

The Science and Technology Facilities Council and the University of Edinburgh have long and proven histories of not only developing revolutionary science and technology but also commercialising it and creating viable businesses. This extensive knowledge and expertise is now made available to ambitious businesses in Scotland thanks to the development of a purpose built facility at the prestigious Royal Observatory Edinburgh.

The Higgs Centre for Innovation brings together world-class research in astronomy and particle physics and the instrumentation expertise that underpins it, with business incubation facilities and laboratories suitable for commercial use. Scientists, engineers and students interact and collaborate to improve our understanding of the Universe and will engage with companies both big and small to drive technological advancement forward.

News & Events

Coronavirus Business Continuity Advice

Scottish Enterprise

We have gathered together a list of websites that give useful information on business continuity for employers and businesses.

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COVID-19 Information Hub for the Space Sector


During the ongoing Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic, UKspace is working closely with the UK Space Agency, the Department for International Trade and our members to ensure critical space-enabled services remain operational. This involves finding ways our members can support the national effort to fight the virus and helping the government take actions that will make the sector resilient to the economic challenges so it can take advantage of future opportunities once the virus has been defeated.

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UK launches space-based response to Covid-19 pandemic


Some £2.6 million to develop space-enabled technology and services that can strengthen the NHS’s response to coronavirus has been launched today by the UK Space Agency in collaboration with ESA.

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Virtual Space Bar


A weekly online 'Space Bar' to discuss all things space and engage in some virtual networking.

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Satellite Finance Network Surgeries

13 August 2020

The Satellite Finance Network (SFN) are running full-day surgeries.

The next surgeries will be taking place on 13th August 2020 and will be held remotely.

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ESA BIC UK: Application Masterclass

3 September 2020 | 10:00 – 12:00 BST

For the first time the ESA Business Incubation Centre United Kingdom (ESA BIC UK) at the Higgs Centre for Innovation will organise and run a 2 hour online application masterclass for the ESA BIC programme.

If you are a startup looking forward to utilise space technologies, turning a great idea into a commercially viable business and if your approach is thinking out of the box, the ESA BIC UK programme is a good place to start. We are offering start-ups a competitive advantage through facilities, support and funding in the sum of £43,103.

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RBS Entrepreneur Networking event - Innovation

9 September 2020 | 10:00 – 12:00 BST

The most successful businesses in the world are those that stay ahead of the curve and continue to innovate. This network event will help you bring to light how can you start to think disruptively and identify what tools and techniques can help with this.

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Satellite Finance Network Surgeries

22 September 2020

The Satellite Finance Network (SFN) are running full-day surgeries.

The next surgeries will be taking place on 22nd September 2020 and will be held remotely.

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ESA BIC UK Application

23 September 2020

The next ESA BIC UK application deadline is 23rd September 2020.

Utilising space technology can offer ambitious entrepreneurs the opportunity to gain a competitive advantage within their sector. Each year the ESA BIC UK accepts start-up companies on a one-to two-year programme from a multitude of sectors including agriculture, digital technology, energy and healthcare.

See the ESA BIC UK page for further information and to download an application pack to be able to access this highly valuable and all-encompassing support for high-tech start-ups!


Informatics Ventures: EIE20

14 October 2020

EIE is the premier technology investor showcase. Our annual EIE conference features the most promising innovative, data-driven high growth companies, seeking funding from seed to series A.

EIE20 is being held on a digital platform.

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Higgs BIC Application

October 2020

The next Higgs BIC application deadline is around the October 2020 timeframe with the final deadline to be confirmed. See the application page for further information and to access the previous application deadline documentation.

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Cancelled Events

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak the following events have been cancelled. They are listed here for reference as they may be rescheduled at a future date.

ActInSpace Event

13 & 14 November 2020

Tackle ActInSpace’s challenges and unleash your entrepreneurial potential! ActInSpace® is an international innovation contest inspiring young women and men worldwide to meet challenges based on space technologies, data, patents and infrastructures to launch start-ups into all areas of our daily lives. Designed for students but open to everyone, the objective is to foster entrepreneurship, encourage start-up creation and promote the use of space technologies and space acquired data to change citizen’s lives, to boost employment and to protect our planet.

It is hoped that this event can be resheduled in 2021