National innovation strategy 2023 to 2033

Our vision is for Scotland to be one of the most innovative small nations in the world. This is our ten-year strategy to deliver that ambition. Innovation is a key tool to make Scotland a fairer, more equal, wealthier and greener country.

14. Acknowledgements

Developing this Strategy has been a significant and collective effort and we are grateful for the advice, expertise and insight received from across Scotland's innovation ecosystem.

We have had widespread engagement across the country with businesses from a range of different sectors and sizes, Industry Leadership Groups, all of our universities and colleges, our innovation centres, and our enterprise and skills agencies. We also conducted a Call for Evidence where we had over 60 responses and engaged with experts and leaders from across the ecosystem in working groups and workshops. We are indebted to all these colleagues and organisations for their time, expertise and insight which has helped us develop this Strategy.

This work has been guided by a senior group of innovation experts and leaders – our Innovation Strategy Steering Group, which comprised:

  • Professor Sir Jim McDonald, Principal of Strathclyde University (co-chair with Scottish Ministers)
  • Christina Boswell, Vice-Principal of The University of Edinburgh
  • Paul Atkinson, Founder and Chair Par Equity
  • David Farquhar, CEO IGS
  • Deborah O'Neil, Founder and CEO NovaBiotics
  • Graeme Malcolm, Founder and CEO M Squared Lasers
  • Jahan Ali, Director of Research and Technology Spirit Aerosystems
  • John Fingleton, Entrepreneur
  • Elspeth Finch, Founder and CEO – IAND
  • Stephen Ingledew, Exec Chair FinTech Scotland
  • Adrian Gillespie, CEO Scottish Enterprise
  • Karen Watt, CEO Scottish Funding Council
  • Jane Martin, Managing Director Innovation & Investment Scottish Enterprise


Email: Innovation@Gov.Scot

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