Supporting Scottish Tech Startups Since 2011

RookieOven has been at the heart of Scotland's tech startup ecosystem for over a decade. We're more than just a community - we're a launchpad for Scottish innovation, propelling our homegrown talent onto the global stage. From nurturing early-stage ideas to supporting scale-ups, we're committed to showcasing Scotland's world-class tech capabilities and fostering a new generation of tech leaders.

The Timeline

May 2011

First meetup

Held the first RookieOven Meetup in the Bier Halle in Glasgow.

October 2012

Attend Web Summit

RookieOven is invited to attend Web Summit in Dublin.

June 2014

Royal invite

Invited to represent the Scottish tech community at a reception at Buckingham Palace.

February 2015

Open Coworking Space

In partnership with Govan Workspace open 3,500 sqft of coworking space in the beautifully restored Fairfield Shipyard Offices.

March 2016

Launch our academy

In a bid to address the tech skills gap and to support and upskill teachers we launch the RookieOven Academy for 16-24 year olds with support from local entrepreneurs.

July 2017

Advise UK Government

Advise minister for Digital Culture Media and Sport as part of Digital Economy Advisory Group.

August 2018

Launch our job board

We added a low cost job board to help Scottish tech companies promote their open positions to the community.

November 2018

Founder sessions

We run free founder sessions which connect local founders with experienced entrepreneurs and support services to help them grow their businesses.

March 2019

End of coworking

The coworking space at Govan Workspace closes.

March 2020

Start of the COVID-19 pandemic

Due to the pandemic we stop running events and focus on supporting the community online.

March 2022

Resume monthly meetup

After the pandemic we resume our monthly meetup for tech startups in Glasgow.

April 2022

Run Meetup in Oban

Along with Community Lab we run 4 meetups in Oban to support the local tech community.

Who started RookieOven?

Michael Hayes


Michael is the founder of RookieOven. He's been working in the Scottish tech industry for over a 15 years and is passionate about driving the ecosystem forward. He's a fan of all things tech and is always up for a chat about the latest trends.

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