With all eyes in Scotland on the possibility of Brexit – the exiting of Britain from the European Union – we at Vitis PR were far more interested in the rise and reign of Scottish university spinouts and startups making big splashes last week. Here is our pick of the four best Scottish tech stories from last week that were making waves:
- How Edinburgh tech companies are shaping the property landscape – from startups creating the need for tech incubators and unicorns demanding longer leases to the ever-growing middle ground for tech companies that are no longer startups but haven’t quite reached their £1 billion turnover just yet.
- A Glasgow University hydrodynamics lab opening a series of seven wind tunnels able to create internal environmental conditions similar to those on Mars. The environment, a part of Glasgow University’s West of Scotland science park, is being planned for use in testing spacecraft likely to make the trip to Mars, or beyond and will recreate gales that are faster than the speed of sound.
- An Edinburgh University spinout unveiled a brand new dongle at MWC. pureLiFi, a wireless technology developer revealed its USB dongle, which uses light-based communications to transmit data and could lead to data rates of 100 times higher in future mobiles, at last week’s mobile business event.
- And sticking with the mobile theme, our last story heralds the mobile blind spots – otherwise known as Scottish islands –due to gain 4G mobile coverage, thanks to a new EE and Facebook pilot program.