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Glasgow City Council launches database for tech firms


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Glasgow City Council has launched an open access database as part of its effort to boost the local region’s technology sector.

Named the Glasgow Tech Ecosystem Platform, it has been developed by the council with database management company to encourage connections between start-ups and corporates.

It provides a picture of the evolving tech ecosystem around Glasgow, with real time insights on the innovation economy and detailed data on more than 740 start-ups, investors, accelerators, co-working spaces and tech meet-ups.

The council said that any start-up, investor or other stakeholder can add their company and organisation details to the database and begin to examine its data.

Growing and vibrant

Cllr Susan Aitken, leader of the council, said: "Glasgow has a growing and vibrant tech ecosystem. It's important that government only intervene in a way that's helpful and will allow the sector to continue to grow.

“By funding the Glasgow Tech Ecosystem Platform, we will provide the glue that will bring together start-ups, investors and existing players to allow the sector in Glasgow to reach a critical mass."

Glasgow City Council has developed and supported a number of other complementary key initiatives, including the Digital DNA Glasgow conference and the recent launch of two Tech Smart support grants.

The current combined enterprise value of all start-ups and scale-up companies in the Glasgow City Region is around £2.6 billion, the council said.

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