MTT/UoM Event: Innovation in Collaboration


Innovation in Collaboration – How Manchester’s universities can power northern tech

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Manchester’s Tech cluster is booming, recent lending figures from Natwest show that the city is starting to close the gap on London as the UK’s primary cluster in investment terms. But what is it that makes Manchester a great alternative to start, scale and grow a tech Business? access to talent? funding? culture? our history? Ours is the city where Rolls met Royce, where the atom was first split and has produced over 20 Nobel Prize winners to date.

A unique aspect of Greater Manchester lies in the proximity, quality and prestige of its Universities; the University of Manchester, University of Salford, Manchester Metropolitan University between them boast one of the largest concentrations of students and research in Europe. This vast centre of knowledge and learning offers a unique landscape of high quality talent, research and funding that can truly benefit the city’s tech sector.

However, Tech start-ups by their very nature are fast moving, agile and have limited resources in which to make collaboration a success. So how can partnering with Manchester’s universities really create value? And how easy is it as a small business to engage and interact with these large institutions? Is there a culture clash? How can any obstacles be overcome?

Join the Manchester Tech Trust in partnership with the University of Manchester at the National Graphene Institute (NGI) for a unique insight into the value and challenges of university collaboration. Hear from local tech companies and start-ups that are already collaborating, the universities on how to engage and the Investor community on the long-term benefits:

  • Hear from young tech companies themselves on how they have managed to create value from collaboration
  • Understand what support is available & how to engage (eg. grants, placements, KTPs, Innovate UK)
  • Listen to the challenges of forging the right relationships for success
  • How could university collaboration can lead to smarter funding, get the Business Angle view
  • Networking Drinks

Confirmed Speakers

  • Dr Neil McArthur, MBE – Chairman MTT, Group Innovation Director – TalkTalk Technology
  • Professor Luke Georghiou – VP for Research & Innovation at The University of Manchester
  • Elizabeth Clark – CEO and co-founder of Dream Agility
  • Daniel Jamieson – CEO and Founder of Biorelate
  • Jon Kingsbury – Head of Digital Economy & Creative Industries – Innovate UK
  • Simon Thorpe – UK Business Angels Association Angel investor of the year 2016/17