Northern Innovation Hub

From one-day workshops and events to intensive support lasting up to a year, the Northern Innovation Hub brings together a wide range of fantastic opportunities designed to fit the needs and aspirations of local businesses.

How can the Northern Innovation Hub help me?

This initiative is helping businesses thrive by securing new markets and refining products and services, as well as developing new ones, to make them more competitive.

It’s all about resilience: planning for the future, innovation and attracting investment. The Northern Innovation Hub aims to ensure that higher-skilled and better-paid jobs are created and sustained, and encourage young people to move to or stay in the region. 

The Hub is helping the Highlands become more connected and outward facing, showcasing its unique offering and world-class sectors.

What type of support is available?

Support offered centres around the themes of Young People, Growth, Sectors and Place:

  • Young People
    Support is available for small to medium sized enterprises across all sectors through CodeClan Highlands, Technology Placements and the IMPACT30 programme for young entrepreneurs.

  • Growth
    By providing targeted support to businesses, we will ensure economic resilience which will benefit a wide range of individuals and companies across the region.

  • Sectors and Place
    Support is particularly available to businesses working across life sciences, tourism, food and drink and the creative industries. We know that the Highland region has unique opportunities in these areas, which means that our programmes of support will have a far-reaching impact.

Have a look below to find out more about each of the programmes on offer and see how the Northern Innovation Hub can support your business.

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I went on it to be challenged and certainly was. I’m really glad I did, I wouldn’t have be online without it. Trialling the software was a real lightbulb moment that turned everything on its head for me and my business. I would 100% recommend Pathfinder.
Karen Simpson, Director and Tutor, My Primary Tutor

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About the Northern Innovation Hub

The Northern Innovation Hub is part of the Inverness and Highland City-Region Deal - a joint initiative supported by £315m investment from the UK and Scottish governments, The Highland Council, HIE and University of the Highlands and Islands. This programme also receives financial support from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) through the Innovation strategic intervention.

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