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Digital City Festival Director to travel to India as part of Manchester tech delegation


The Director of Digital City Festival (DCF) has been selected to join a delegation to India next week that seeks to promote Manchester’s significance as a digital and creative hub.

Martyn Collins will travel to India with other senior figures from Manchester, including representatives from MiQ, Tim Newns, CEO of MIDAS, Jon Corner, Chief Digital Officer for the City of Salford & CEO of The Landing MediaCityUK, and Andy Burnham, Mayor of Greater Manchester.

Tim Newns and Jon Corner are also on the 2020 Digital City Festival Steering Panel. Find out who else is on the panel here.

The main objectives of the week-long trip are to increase the profile of Manchester to key Indian tech businesses and their audiences, positioning it as the ideal location for investment, and to foster new tech partnerships with leading Indian companies.

Martyn, DCF Director, said: “It’s a wonderful opportunity to promote Manchester’s new Digital City Festival to some of the largest tech players in India. 

“The section of the delegation that I am joining is representing Manchester as the UK’s largest creative, digital and technology cluster outside of London. We’ll be meeting senior business leaders in Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi.”

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The busy itinerary for the week includes meetings, roundtable events, and interviews in a number of cities across India, as well as some exciting cultural excursions to temples and palaces. 

Some of the events that Martyn will be attending include the Manchester Comes To: Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi networking events where he plans to talk about DCF and invite senior business leaders to attend. 

He added: “I hope to create high value, long term business connections with Indian tech companies looking for new markets. We need more businesses to invest in the city, generate new jobs and add to the already strong digital ecosystem here. 

“Importantly, local businesses here in Manchester that are creating digital technology products should have the opportunity to sell globally. High-level delegations led by such senior people as Andy Burnham will open doors to new business opportunities and investments that will continue to fuel Manchester’s growth and prosperity.”

Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham will head up the trip to India

Besides the Tech delegation that Martyn will be a part of, there will also be a Health Innovation delegation, an Education delegation, and a Sports, Culture and Tourism delegation visiting.
Martyn will be posting daily blog posts next week from India which will be included in the daily newsletter as well as on the site. Read the running diary of his trip here.


Find out more about the festival on the Digital City Festival website.

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