Tech Manchester launches to champion city's digital sector

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by Simon Austin

Tech Manchester – a not-for-profit initiative to support the development of tech businesses and raise the profile of the city’s digital sector - has launched.

The project is headed by former Regus director Patricia Keating and backed by a number of entrepreneurs. The organisation has a particular focus on connecting technical mentors with early-stage technology businesses; and connecting talent with potential investors.

Tech Manchester is already working alongside organisations like the Business Growth Hub, part of the Manchester Growth Company, to share resources and connections.

Keating said: “We're here to champion and raise the profile of Manchester in every possible way. We aren’t the story, we’re just here to help tell it. The reality of business is that no one can do it alone. That's why we are focussed on connecting and collaborating at every level.

“Whilst there are organisations with the big names and organisations managed from London, we are attracting mentors who have recently been there and done it and creating an ecosystem which adds real value to the tech industry in the city.

"We have 45 mentors committed to the project so far and we expect that to grow massively in the coming year. Tech Manchester is set to become the largest network of tech mentors in the country.”

The project is the brainchild of former Manchester City Council Chief Executive Sir Howard Bernstein, who last year called for a new body to champion the work of the Manchester tech community with the aim of creating a city where tech firms flourish.

Tech Manchester is holding a launch event and mentor gathering at UKFast Campus on July 11th. You can register to attend here.