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The DDE Programme

The DDE programme is a digital transformation project providing support for digital/data focused entrepreneurs and businesses.

The Data-Driven Entrepreneurship (DDE) programme is jointly organised by the University of Edinburgh’s commercialisation service, Edinburgh Innovations (EI), and the Data-Driven Innovation (DDI) initiative.

The DDE programme is designed to drive entrepreneurship among students, staff and relevant external buinesses by supporting them to develop their business ideas, build their skills and secure funding. EI is working with our DDI Hubs to deliver the DDE programme!

DDE launched in January 2021 to encourage entrepreneurial activity undertaken as part of University’s Beacon Project portfolio through a digitally enabled suite of 12 activities.

The DDE suite of activities are designed to drive entrepreneurship among staff and students at the University by supporting them to develop their business ideas, build their skills and secure funding.

Since its conception, DDE has supported a huge number of entrepreneurial, ambitious and innovative students, researchers, academics and staff across the University of Edinburgh and beyond to connect their ideas to the world.

We are also looking for opportunities to collaborate with start-ups, corporates, investors, mentors and funders.

Throughout the year there are a number of activities to get involved with or if you want to have early sight of the latest data digital solutions/technologies then let us know. Discover which opportunity is the right one to help you connect your ideas to the world!

Working with the DDI Hubs

The Data-Driven Innovation initiative has helped establish five hubs at the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University – creating a regional power-house for collaboration with industry partners.

The hubs house expertise and facilities to help 10 industrial sectors become more innovative through data.

Learn more about the DDI hubs

Find out how we work in collaboration with the DDI Hubs.

Watch this video to find out how we work in collaboration with the DDI Hubs.

Our Partners

Cancer Research Horizons

We are the world's leading independent cancer charity dedicated to saving lives through research, influence and information.

Find out more about Cancer Research Horizons

Nile HQ

Nile is a multi-talented strategic design consultancy, HQ'd in Scotland, distributed worldwide. We solve problems worth solving.

Find out more about Nile HQ

The Data Lab

The Data Lab is Scotland's Innovation Centre
for data and AI. Our mission is to help Scotland maximise value from data and lead the world to a data powered future.

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The community platform for founders, makers, builders, and researchers who seek to solve problems, collaborate and learn.

Find out more about Edventure

Fintech Scotland

We exist to ensure that Scotland seizes the fintech opportunity through financial innovation, collaboration and inclusion.

Find out more about Fintech Scotland