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EIE 2020 welcome

The Data Lab and TORCH at EIE 2020

Engage, Invest, Exploit 2020 – or EIE 2020 to its friends – is Scotland’s premiere technology investor showcase, devised by Informatics Ventures. It’s an opportunity for the leading data-driven high-growth companies to meet and engage with investors of all kinds, potentially making a huge difference to their growth and journey.

The Data Lab is going to be attending EIE 2020 with a snazzy virtual stand alongside our TORCH business advisory service. Here are just a few of the services we offer at The Data Lab to help your business harness the utility of your data, plus some of the innovative projects we’re involved in.

TORCH Business Advisory Service

TORCH enables businesses who have created a digital strategy to successfully take the next steps towards implementation and execution. It connects companies from all sectors with specialist data and data technology suppliers to facilitate successful business outcomes using data and data technologies.

Find out more about our TORCH service for businesses.

External Funding

Our experienced funding manager can help you with your grant applications. We have experience in applying for grants from different sources and can help you secure funding from diverse external sources such as the European Union, UKRI and charities such as the Wellcome Trust.

In addition, we have extensive expertise in delivering collaborative innovative projects and can provide access to project managers, data scientists and systems architects. These resources will be provided with a focus on helping SMEs and Scottish-based organisations access larger sources of external funding, enabling them to expand their R&D activities.

Find out more about getting our help to apply for External Funding.

Access the latest data science knowledge

Would you like access to a data scientist to tackle a real life business problem in your company?

Get an MSc student
If you are a company interested in hosting an MSc placement this summer, you can find more information on the MBN website. Due to restrictions imposed to fight Covid-19, we are now looking for placements that can be carried out by our students remotely.

Read about the benefits of hosting an MSc student.

Fund a doctoral student or applied project
The Data Lab co-funds industrial doctorate programmes at Scottish Universities, in collaboration with Scottish industry or public sector organisations. These industrial doctorates are designed to support the development of data science talent at a PhD / EngD level, while facilitating collaboration between industry and academia through applied research projects.

If you are a Scottish-based organisation or an academic institution and you are interested in developing a data-driven Industrial Doctorate project, have a look at our current Industrial Doctorates Call for Funding.


UNICEF Data for Children Hub

The Data for Children Hub is a joint collaboration between UNICEF, The Scottish Government and Edinburgh University’s Data Driven Innovation Programme which seeks to improve outcomes for children in locally, nationally and globally. It draws on the strengths of all partners to bring insight and solve problems using data and data science techniques. The purpose of the Hub is to enable and deliver collaborations between academics, private sector and public sector that use data science to improve outcomes for children.

Visit the UNICEF Data for Children Hub website.


These are just a few of the things we do at The Data Lab – you can read about all of our services and projects on our website or you can dive straight into our case studies to explore the tangible impact we’ve had on organisations and their data.

We hope to see you at our stand at EIE 2020!

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