CodeBase have been exploring the world of startups and innovation for over 5 years now. If you ask them, they are not really sure how to best describe what they do, but they think the words “tech cluster” probably do it best.
CodeBase consists of friendly people who are geeky about building tech startups, managing disruption and innovation. They started off by creating a big space that was affordable, city-central, with awesome WiFi to help tech startups and scaleups focus on building their businesses, and not have to worry about onerous long-term leases, negotiating for property, etc.
They hit the ground running! Since 2014 they have grown five-fold in size in Edinburgh, CodeBase in Stirling came online in 2017, followed by ONE CodeBase in Aberdeen in June 2019.They have also built strategic corporate partnerships with Barclays and PwC. As well as their 3 core cities, part of the Barclays partnership involves them delivering mentorship and business support to 21 Barclays Eagle Labs throughout the whole of the UK.
CodeBase also runs an accelerator programme called Creative Bridge. During 10 consecutive weeks, creatives from all backgrounds learn start-up best practice and hear about creative entrepreneurs’ stories: how they made something amazing happen, or how they failed. Participants gain valuable insights into both what defines success for them and how to get there.
The programme consists of learning alongside a cohort of contemporaries selected from a wide range of creative disciplines, working in groups to deliver an overarching project. Each cohort is limited to 25 participants and places are fully funded for qualifying applicants by the Creative Industries Clusters Programme managed by the Arts & Humanities Research Council as part of the Industrial Strategy.