A new tech incubator has opened at Bruntwood’s flagship Platform building in Leeds to help drive growth of innovative digital companies.
To mark the launch, which took place on the first day of the annual Leeds Digital Festival, industry leaders and customers were invited to a day of workshops and events at Platform including product demonstrations from current customers Coptrz and Kwizzbit.
Supported by Leeds City Council’s Tech Hub Fund, the new incubator is designed to nurture startup and scale-up businesses from the region’s digital technology sector and help create hundreds of high value-added jobs over the next few years.
Companies based at the tech incubator benefit from a package of support services including access to finance, talent and markets advice provided by delivery partners including talent support services company Complete Resourcing, business advisers Grant Thornton, specialist tech investors Mercia, Jumpstart and full service national law firm Shoosmiths.
Craig Burrow, director of Bruntwood Leeds, said: “The digital tech sector in Leeds is booming with more than 23,000 people currently working in the sector and it’s crucial to provide the spaces and services that support the companies behind this.
“The tech incubator is already fast becoming the nucleus of the digital and tech community in the city, showcasing Leeds’ ambitions for growth and helping to drive further investment and job creation in the knowledge economy – a key element of the Government’s Industrial Strategy.”
The creation of the incubator at Platform is part of a government-backed initiative to accelerate the growth of the high-value added digital sector in the North. Bruntwood and its delivery partners were awarded £2m from Leeds City Council in 2017 to launch the new facility.
Kirstie Shapley, programme and partnership manager for the tech incubator, added: “Our vision is to create a community where like-minded businesses can cluster, allowing innovation and entrepreneurship to come together to forge partnerships and most importantly deliver business growth.”