Helping Scotland maximise value from data

The Data Lab is Scotland’s innovation centre for data and artificial intelligence (AI). With hubs in Inverness, Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow, the Data Lab aims to foster innovation that will help Scotland maximise value from data. The Inverness hub opened in April 2019 and is located within An Lochran on Inverness Campus. It provides the Highlands and Islands with a dedicated centre for data and AI to help build momentum and create further growth and opportunities in the tech sector.

The Inverness hub is at the centre of a support programme for businesses in the Highlands and islands looking to innovate through data science to solve real-world business problems. It provides access to specialist advice, support and training, and runs events on topics such as data innovation featuring businesses that are applying machine learning and AI to create value. Over 2,500 businesses across the region are expected to benefit from the programme over the next three years.

Applying data science to solve real-world business or social problems can be a challenge. Organisations don’t always have the cutting edge skills or in-depth expertise required to make the most of data-led opportunities. That’s why the Data Lab help organisations access academic or specialist expertise and project support needed to build effective partnerships.

The Data Lab can help accelerate your journey to a data led future by fuelling innovation through collaboration, building skills and growing talent, and strengthening Scotland’s thriving data science community. The Lab acts as a catalyst - using expertise, networking and funding to change how Scotland and the world uses data.

You can inject some data science creativity into your organisation with a MSc student or reach out to the new business advisory service for practical support on your data journey.

A workforce that is empowered to solve today’s business and social problems using data need a broad and modern set of skills - and the Data Lab can help you achieve that.  

If you would like to discuss how the Data Lab can help you, contact pauline.graham@thedatalab.com or visit the Data Lab website


Data Drive HIE

Data Drive HIE is a new 2-year programme of support for SMEs across the HIE region. it has been designed to help scale the use of data and Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate digital transformation and contribute to a green recovery.

Targeted support is available to: 

  • Develop confidence, skills and knowledge in data science and AI
  • Implement a data driven culture
  • Develop actionable data insights
  • Reimagine services and products through the use of data science and AI
  • Add value through data driven innovation.

Contact pauline.graham@thedatalab.com to find out more or visit the Data Lab website.

The Data Lab - supporting businesses and communities

Read about how working with The Data Lab has supported businesses and communities across our region.

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NatureScot became a host organisation in The Data Lab’s MSc Placement Programme to solve a practical issue through the implementation of an Artificial Intelligence (AI) solution.

The Data Lab - NatureScot
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University of the Highlands and Islands

The University of the Highlands and
Islands worked with The Data Lab to identify the potential to improve the processing of qualitative data and student feedback through Natural Language Processing (NLP).

The Data Lab - University of the Highlands and Islands
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Food and drink producers

The Data Lab has helped apply artificial intelligence (AI) and nature-inspired computing to the logistical challenges faced by both logistics service providers and food and drink manufacturers operating in the region.

The Data Lab - Using Artificial Intelligence to design new logistics solutions

Energy Mutual

Energy Mutual received funding to appoint a new Chief Technology Officer to drive their software development through the Data Lab’s MSc Placement Programme.

Data science helps to drive energy storage optimisation

Related support

Have a look at some of the other ways we can support your business growth strategy.

R&D funding

We have R&D funding available for businesses of all sizes in the Highlands and Islands of Scotland.


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