Open Call

Hot new business accelerators boost opportunities in the North

By Kitty Knowles 27 September 2016

Look out for innovation coming out of Oldham and Birmingham.

It’s true that the tech scene can be all too London-centric.

Now though, all eyes are on the North, as the Minister of State for Digital and Culture, Matt Hancock, has opened two hot new digital business accelerators.

Run by Wayra (part of Telefonica) these will help to expand opportunities away from the capital.

“We are a nation of innovators and this facility will help spark even more creativity in our digital economy,” said Hancock at the launch.

“Innovation can come from anywhere”

The two new regional hubs are based in Oldham, in Greater Manchester, and in Birmingham. Their launch follows news of relocation of the London scheme to Piccadilly Circus, and a groundbreaking partnership with spy centre GCHQ.

You can apply for a place on one of the new or existing Wayra programmes today to take advantage of professional mentoring, networking, and even investment.

Gary Stewart, Director at Wayra UK and Telefonica Open Future, said: “We believe that innovation can come from anywhere. As such, our mission at Wayra UK is to democratise entrepreneurship, not just in London but throughout the UK.

Entrepreneurs, it’s time to look North.