An ecosystem where innovation thrives

Student with engineering equipment

Solving global problems

GRID at Heriot-Watt is more than another innovation centre. It’s an ecosystem that enables Heriot-Watt to drive global research, innovation and discovery (GRID).

The entrepreneurial talent, research excellence and learning experience extends beyond Heriot-Watt’s campus locations in the UK (Edinburgh, Galashiels and Orkney), Dubai and Malaysia to solve global problems without borders.

GRID building across loch

Collaborative space

GRID at Heriot-Watt is a ground-breaking facility designed to create cohesion between leading academic research, business and entrepreneurship.

The £19m facility is equipped with immersive and gaming technologies, digital environments for mathematics and computer science and discovery-labs for engineering and physical science.

The Business and Enterprise Hub operates as incubator space for start-ups and entrepreneurs to co-locate and encourages their creative ideas to flourish.

GRID Edinburgh

GRID at Heriot-Watt offers collaborative space which encourages students, businesses and entrepreneurs to work together and solve society’s biggest challenges.

Students in inspire lab

Inspire and collaborate space

Collaborative space configured to challenge conventional teaching and learning

Student in Flex Lab

Flex Labs

Flexible discovery-labs for practical engineering and physical science

Student using Maths gym

Maths Gym

Discrete learning space to exercise mathematics and solve complex algorithms

Students in digital lab

Digital Labs

Classroom space for mathematics, computer science and large-scale digital hackathons

Students in creative studio

Creative Studio

Customisable event space to inspire design thinking and creative flair

Students in gaming studio

Gaming Studio

Digital environment to explore capabilities in gaming design and development

Student wearing Virtual Reality (VR) goggles

Imagineering Suite

Exploring the industry use-case for augmented, mixed and extended reality

Business enterprise

Business and Enterprise Hub

An incubator space to nurture ideas and accelerate business enterprise

Partner suite

Partner Suite

Dedicated space for strategic planning and partnerships to form



An exclusive set-up for board meetings and strategic planning

Showcase area

Showcase Area

An open plan space to host high profile events