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UK Tech Clusters Urged to Combine Their Power
Published: 18th August 2014.
Two leading regional technology clusters – Cambridge and SETsquared, whose university business incubators cover the South of England – are urging closer collaboration between all UK tech clusters to accelerate further growth and leadership for the nation in technology and science.
The drive for stronger links comes as the call goes out to new tech start-ups and entrepreneurs to beat the deadline for entering the nationwide search for the most innovative new wireless technologies and business ventures.
The annual Discovering Start-Ups competition is organised by Cambridge Wireless, the leading community for wireless and mobile technologies, and SETsquared, which brings together companies connected to the mobile and microelectronics sector around Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey.
Cambridge Wireless chairman David Cleevely said it was time for UK clusters to join forces to maximise the aggregate of the UK’s brain power.
“The success of Discovering Start-Ups is a great example of tech clusters working together to encourage and showcase exciting new innovation and business ideas,” said Dr Cleevely.
“While regional UK tech clusters are getting stronger, we should be encouraging closer links to share knowledge, skills and cultivate networking and technology partnerships. What matters is working with like-minded and outward-looking people who recognise the real benefits of closer cooperation and want to raise the game for UK Plc.”
While Cambridge is more established, the SETsquared region has recently been recognised as one of the UK’s leading tech clusters.
SETsquared’s Innovation Director, Simon Bond said: “It’s a case of developing clusters locally to compete globally and that does require even more collaboration across the UK’s technology hotspots in order to bring together talented entrepreneurs, investors and advisers to help create great companies for Britain.”
Now in its 5th year, Discovering Start-Ups 2014 is also supported by Tech City UK, techUK, New Entrepreneurs Foundation and UK Trade & Investment and jointly sponsored by Qualcomm Ventures, Google, Microlease & Keysight Technologies, IC Resources and Dorsey & Whitey.
The finals will be hosted by Deloitte in London on October 22 giving up to 20 entrants the opportunity to pitch to some 20 leading wireless industry investors and experts.
The closing date for entries to Discovering Start-Ups 2014 is August 26 and is open to startups and early-stage companies looking to take their businesses forward as well as design groups in larger companies looking to exploit new technologies and students or academics in education.
This year, the line-up of judges will include senior executives from companies such as Amadeus, BT, Broadcom, Cambridge Business Angels, Google, IBM, London Business Angels, Orange Labs, Philips Innovation Services, Qualcomm Ventures and Samsung Electronics.
Source: Business Weekly
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