Bayes Centre


Industrial, academic and professional services expertise collaborating in a unique multi-disciplinary environment

The Bayes Centre leads on innovation by enabling private companies, public services, charities and social enterprises to enhance their services and products by embracing data science and Artificial Intelligence (AI)

By working together, the Bayes Centre and the organisations it collaborates with, can harness the University of Edinburgh’s excellence in research and skills, creating real-world impact on society.

As part of the Data-Driven Innovation initiative, the Bayes Centre is dedicated to advancing three sectors – Digital Technology; Space and Satellites; and, in collaboration with the National Robatarium, Robotics and Autonomous Systems.

Whether supporting business development, entrepreneurs and start-up projects or attracting external investments in data science and AI led projects, the Bayes Centre brings together expertise from industry, academia and professional services in a unique multi-disciplinary environment.

Supported by Scottish Enterprise and based in University of Edinburgh’s Bayes Centre, Informatics Ventures devises and delivers Engage Invest Exploit (EIE), the largest technology investor readiness programme of its kind in Scotland which culminates in the technology investor showcase that is the largest of its kind outside London. The annual EIE conference features Scotland´s most promising innovative, data-driven high growth companies, seeking funding from seed to series A.

For University staff and students requiring further information relating to the Bayes Innovation Group please visit Bayes Intranet

Informatics Ventures

Informatics ventures (IV) is located at the heart of The University of Edinburgh, hosted by The School of Informatics and located within the Bayes Centre. 

Informatics Ventures and EIE are central to the University’s delivery of its role in the Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal and, to that end, we recently forged a partnership with Data-Driven Innovation Initiative ( with the backing of the £1.3 billion Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal. The partnership will support the launch of more spin-out companies, attract start-ups, and supporting established tech businesses to seek investment and drive significant wealth creation and economic impact for Scotland.

Scotland's sophisticated angel investment scene, strong support from the nation’s enterprise agencies, the incredible scale-up stories of Skyscanner and FanDuel, prominent VC's like SEP and Pentech and the UK's first digital skills academy, CodeClan, are also key contributors to our growing technology success. 

As EIE continues to evolve, it will help ensure that Edinburgh becomes the Data Capital of Europe and that Scotland is seen on the global stage as a pioneer and innovator in digital technology.

Related links

EIE event website 

Bayes Intranet



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