Britbots launches the second British Robotics Seed Fund

Founder of Britbots Dominic Keen. Picture: GREGG BROWN

Britbots, the organisation dedicated to promoting U.K.-based robotics companies, and Sapphire Capital Partners, a specialist manager of tax-efficient funds, have announced the launch of the second British Robotics Seed Fund. The new fund follows the success of the first fund, which has now been fully invested, leading the seed rounds of six high-potential robotics and AI […]

Digital Lab launches for hands-on experience with emerging tech


The Digital Catapult North East & Tees Valley (NETV) has opened the Immersive Lab at the Northern Design Centre in Gateshead, which will also allow companies to test out any new hardware on offer. Non-digital businesses will be able to attend events and demonstrations designed to teach them more about the industry. Access to the […]

Wakefield supercomputer startup raises £3 million funding


Technology start-up Optalysys Ltd based in Wakefield and Nevada, US, has raised more than £3 million from angel investors in order to manufacture its first commercially available product. The company has raised £3.05m ($3.95m) from undisclosed angel investors to manufacture the first commercially available high-performance computing (HPC) processor based on its patented optical processing technology. […]

Tech North Angel Network launches with series of workshops


The Tech North Angel Network programme will kick off this autumn with a series of events across the North. The aim is to build a strong, open network of tech investors that is easy to access and open to pan-Northern collaboration. Tech North is working with a variety of partners on this, including UKBAA, GP Bullhound, Angel Academe, Dow Schofield […]

Manchester named the third most active tech innovation city


Manchester has been named the third most active tech innovation city in the UK behind London and Edinburgh. According to the UK Tech Innovation Index, Manchester also ranked second for creative industries, third for data innovation and health innovation, third for virtual reality, fourth for Internation of Things and fifth for artificial intelligence. Using data […]

Leeds co-working spaces get £848,000 funding boost


Two Leeds-based co-working space providers have received a total of £848,000 from the Leeds Tech Hub Fund, a £3.7m investment pot set up to support the local tech industry. Duke Studios received £393,000 to fund the transformation of one of its spaces in the city, while, FutureLabs received £455,000 to boost its support of early-stage technology startup […]

Jake Berry named as new Northern powerhouse minister


Jake Berry hase been named as the successor to Andrew Percy as Northern Powerhouse minister, the third MP to have taken the post since it was created two years ago. The MP for Rossendale & Darwen, Berry has replaced Andrew Percy, who stepped down from the role after less than a year in charge. Prime Minister […]

New Leeds Tech Hub drives investment boost for digital sector


Four projects supporting the growth of businesses in the Leeds digital sector have been awarded a cut of nearly £2.7 million of funding. One of the schemes to be given the green light includes the creation of a new Tech Hub created at Platform, above Leeds railway station. Once open, the new Tech Hub will […]

Maven’s new Preston office to support Northern Powerhouse fund


Maven Capital Partners is opening an office in Preston following its appointment by the British Business Bank as fund manager for a new £57.5m Northern Powerhouse fund. The private equity firm said that its new office is ideally suited to provide additional investment and administrative resource for Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF) investments and the […]

Leeds digital festival doubles in size


The 2017 Leeds Digital Festival has experienced a huge increase in the number of events compared to its first year in 2016. This year’s festival, will run to 29 April and involves approximately 115 events, up from 56 in 2016, with more than 10,000 attendees expected Hundreds of Leeds-based firms and speakers will be taking […]

Data firm Personalyze to compete for data start-ups $50K prize


Personalisation marketing tools provider Personalyze is heading to Portugal next week. The firm hopes to secure a $50,000 funding prize from Unilever after being nominated as one of the world’s top data start-ups. Andrew Ko from Personalyze is heading to the I-COM Global Summit in Porto, Portugal next week after his company was recognised by the […]

Cheshire East Council sets up taskforce to promote digital economy


Established technology firms are being used by Cheshire East council chiefs as a model to inspire small creative and digital firms. Barclays’ Global Technology Centre, in Radbroke, and the Warner Bros-owned TT Fusion, in Wilmslow, are among the companies hailed by Cheshire East Council’s Skills and Growth Company following the creation of a new taskforce to promote the […]

Twine secures funding for creative freelancer platform

Manchester University graduates Stuart Logan and Damien Shiells have raised £400,000 for Twine, an online platform that connects companies to creative freelancers. Twine connects companies to a network of over 195,000 freelance graphic designers, animators, musicians and filmmakers, by making it simple to write a project brief and curate the best quality creative freelancers for […]

Northern Tech awards winners revealed


European technology investment bank GP Bullhound has revealed the winners of the Northern Tech Awards 2017. The awards recognised the entrepreneurs and businesses leading growth of the northern digital economy over the past year. The winners were selected by a panel of high-profile judges, including Richard Flint, chief executive of Sky Betting and Gaming, David […]

Tech Nation report praises North East tech sector


The North East’s tech scene has been hailed as an economic success in a report that identifies tech salaries, growing companies and more than 30,000 high-skilled jobs. The Tech Nation report assessed technology sectors in 30 towns and cities and singles out Newcastle and Sunderland for praise. It values Newcastle technology cluster as more than £1bn, […]