The wait is over! One of my favourite organisations in the geospatial realm has a new head – Carly Morris. Ordnance Survey announced the appointment of Carly as the head of Geovation earlier today. Carly who was previously heading Hangar 51 Accelerator Programme at IAG Cargo inherits a geo-awesome success story in Geovation.
Geovation through their startup programme among other initiatives have been doing an amazing work over the years, helping launch more than 125 start-ups until date and creating more than 500 new jobs.
What always amazed me about their startup programme is the diversity of their startups – sure all of them use geospatial data (duh) but their founders are not all geospatial experts, many of them are quite new to geospatial data and analysis. Be it Lindsey and John at Gather who are working on using location data to solve the global sanitation crisis or Ed at Flock Cover who is working on insurance tech for drones, they are all geovation startup founders with little to no background in geo! I am glad to have a geospatial accelerator and startup programme that brings more people from outside the geospatial orbit into our world than just promote the ideas of GIS experts.
Kudos to Alex Wrottesley and his team for doing an amazing job to make the Geovation a success story. Geovation was without a head since June 2020 and now with the appointment of Carly, I am excited to see what the future holds for one of my favourite geospatial success stories.
Carly, welcome to the geospatial world and on behalf of the geoawesomeness team, here’s wishing you the very best!