Data Drive HIE


Data Drive Highlands and Islands Enterprise

Scaling the use of the data & AI in SMEs across the HIE region to accelerate digital transformation and contribute to a green recovery

Promoting data science and AI in the Highlands & Islands

In the Highlands and Islands we’re working closely with Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to respond to the needs of SMEs and particular sectors, and the challenges they face, as a result of COVID-19.

In response, the Inverness Hub has created Data Drive HIE – a new 2-year programme of support for SMEs across the HIE region.

Our objective is to:

Scale the use of data & AI to accelerate digital transformation and contribute to a green recovery.

From August 2021, targeted support will be available to:

  • Develop confidence, skills and knowledge in data science & AI
  • Implement a data driven culture
  • Develop actionable data insights
  • Reimagine services and products through the use of data science & AI
  • Add value through data driven innovation.

How do we do this and what can we do for you?

We’ll do this through partnering with SMEs and with focusing on 5 Data Lab Services:
Contact to find out more.


Reach out to the new business advisory service TORCH for practical support on your data journey.
Find out more about TORCH and what they can do for you.

The Data Lab MSc Programme

Host a student for a short data science project. Subject to availability, grants are available to SMEs located in the HIE region.

Collaborate with our in-house specialist data science team

Our team can work with you to scope and deliver a proof of concept or pilot project, and advise on the next steps in your data journey.

Data Leadership Programme

Subject to availability, grants will be available for business leaders across the HIE region to participate in this 12 month programme aimed at equipping them with the skills and knowledge to lead Scotland’s businesses to economic success.

Strategy sessions for industry sectors/groupings

Interactive roundtable discussions for business leaders. Identify opportunities that move the sector/industry forward and/or contribute to a green recovery, by better utilising data; explore and progress challenges/opportunities already identified for data driven innovation.

The Inverness Hub

The Inverness Hub is at the centre of a support programme for SMEs looking to innovate through data science to solve real-world business problems.

Serving the HIE region, the hub was established in early 2019 with support from the HIE and the Data Lab.

Case Studies

Want to get more out of your data? We helped these organisations – could we help you too?

Useful links

Upcoming events

Data Drive HIE: Driving data driven innovation in the Highlands & Islands – This event has now passed, but you can watch a recording of it.

Bringing the Internet of Things to the Highlands & Islands – 10am-12pm, 7th October

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Karen O'Hanlon
Business Development Executive, Inverness Hub

If you would like to discuss how the Data Lab can help you, contact

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