How can Digital Enterprise Glasgow help your start-up?

December 17, 2014

Digital Enterprise Glasgow (DEG) is a Glasgow City Council Business Support initiative – you may have seen the DEG office in The Hub, scene of several Creative Clyde events in 2014. DEG offers rent-free desk space, business advice, workshops and more to start-up businesses in Glasgow with growth potential. Client Liaison Manager, Donna MacKenzie discusses how DEG could help your start-up…

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We support pre-start (not yet trading) and start-up (trading for less than 2 years) businesses that are working from home, cannot afford to pay for commercial premises and have growth potential. We also offer virtual support to businesses that are not yet ready or do not require desk space within an incubator – this is online support with access to workshops and seminars.

Our incubators are located within Glasgow Kelvin CollegeGlasgow Clyde CollegeGlasgow University and The Hub at Pacific Quay.

Small businesses are crucial to our economy and are at the heart of Government’s long term plan for economic growth. DEG is in-line with the Government’s priority to make it as simple as possible for businesses to access the support they need.

Since launching in 2010, we have had great success. We have supported over 100 businesses and are currently supporting over 70 businesses both in incubators and virtually. With our support in 2013-2014, 13 businesses have graduated into commercial premises, over £1 million worth of contracts has been secured by DEG businesses and over £2 million worth of funding (public & private) was granted to DEG businesses. As well as helping businesses, we have also helped individuals get back into employment with the creation of over 50 full time jobs, 20 part time jobs and 20 internships.

One of the many businesses we have helped is Cohesion Medical, based in The Hub. It delivers proven world-class clinical software and mobile health solutions that collect health data to improve patient treatment outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare provision.

Cohesion Medical was formed in 2012 to market and sell these specialist applications in the medical software market, within the UK and beyond. During their residency in DEG, they have received funding from the Glasgow business start-up grant, the Scottish EDGE Fund as well as from private investors. They now employ 5 people, thanks to support from the Commonwealth Graduates Fund and Scottish Development International. They are piloting their solutions in NHS Greater Glasgow & Clyde, NHS Lothian and NHS Fife and are working on projects to develop national research frameworks. While their operation started out in Scotland, they have had enquiries from two global pharmaceutical corporations, a national private healthcare provider, two business enquiries from NHS England and have even acquired international interest from Scandinavia, Europe and Asia. This is one of the main reasons they took part in the Scottish Enterprise Start Global Programme which introduced them to resources, workshops and networks that really helped re-shape their business model, grow their ambitions and widen their business horizons.

Euan Cameron is the Managing Director of Cohesion Medical. You can drop him at a line at euan.cameron@cohesionmedical.com or call him on 07775 844 824.

Digital Enterprise Glasgow’s four incubators are at full capacity just now so we are advising applicants to fill in our enquiry form on the DEG website and you will be added to a waiting list. In the meantime, please connect with us on TwitterFacebook and Google+ to keep up-to-date with our latest news.