I spent a fascinating day in Glasgow on Friday as a guest of David Capaldi, co-founder of Opinurate. David’s company is based at the Hub at pacific Quay, a thriving creative digital hub on the banks of the Clyde next to the BBC & the Science Centre.
As well as hearing about David’s story I was also introduced to a handful of other tech-startups including Swarm Online, an innovative software development company and my1login – whose cloud-based solution securely stores all of your passwords.
Each of these startups had an interesting story to tell & what came across loud & clear was the passion that each of the founders have for their business and the problems that they’re trying to solve. It was also fascinating to hear of the support that they had received from agencies such as Business Gateway, Scottish Enterprise & E-Spark.
I was also lucky enough to meet the guys from DEG – a city council funded Accelerator program, with incubators in a number of colleges & universities across Glasgow as well as the one they have at the Hub.
What struck me was that Glasgow has a thriving startup culture and eco-system that includes access to investment funds – several of the startups I met had gone through at least a couple of funding rounds. This collaborative, supportive, environment gives these companies the best chance to flourish. Something we need to consider for Dundee….