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WEAVE Network TownTalk 2 - TechSpace

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TECH SPACE - TownTalk 2

The presentations will explore models of incubators, co-working spaces and Creative Industry accelerators through successful initiatives. Weave host Volker Hirsch from Bluebeck introduces Steven Stopps co-founder of Arch Creative co-working space for freelancers (funded by Sega Hardware and Playground Games), and 26HT the Leamington Incubator for Games start-ups. Followed by Carl Taylor the restauranteur who led Oldham Council’s bid to secure the Telefonica backed Wayra accelerator for the town. A representative will present the Makerversity at Somerset House, London.

Following a break for networking, Volker will host the panel with all speakers including local academic Paul Roberts from the Games Department of Staffordshire University and Julian Cobley from The Skills & Growth Company to debate with the audience “Can Cheshire East Creative Industries support an incubator?

The Skills & Growth Company will add perspective on rural infrastructure and the business case for a creative & digital incubator in the region (including the Skills & Growth Company research to date). The audience will be invited to participate.

Networking will also be facilitated by intro boards in the main hall, for attendees to post details of their business ventures, ideas and skills.

Speakers will include:

Carl Taylor

A highly driven, experienced and professional individual who had a very successful career in the Mobile communications industry for over a decade. Coming out of the industry in 2015 setting up his first company Jacks Smokehouse Ltd, following my desire and passion to run my own company along with the idea of bringing authentic BBQ & Smoked food to his local town. In between that time he became a board member of Oldham Business leadership Group and with colleague John Townsend theyset about looking to bring a large corporate Telco to Oldham in the form of Wayra UK, a Telefonica UK company and accelerator programme, designed to accelerate tech startups. They succeeded in doing so and with the help of Oldham Council theynow have an incubator in Oldham Centre and five of the first cohort startup businesses, working and already planning on growth throughout 2017. In 2016 he formed his second company Gin & Juice Bar Ltd (Based in Royton, Oldham) a concept that allows customers to taste unique gins from around the word along with fresh and distinctive tonics.

Open Future North/Wayra

Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future_, and Oldham Council, have called for digital start-ups to join Open Future_ North - a new £200,000 multi-functional hub designed to scale young digital businesses across the Greater Manchester area.

Two groups of start-ups will gain access to a state-of-the-art co-working space in Oldham, Greater Manchester, each for a period of six months in 2017, as well as pre-acceleration services such as connectivity services, mentoring, access to Wayra UK’s network and knowhow, training in entrepreneurship and business skills. If applicable, the best businesses will be asked to join the full acceleration Wayra UK programme, where they could receive up to £34,000 in investment.

The launch of Open Future_ North forms part of a wider strategy, led by Telefónica Open Future_, to work alongside local and regional partners to reinvigorate entrepreneurial ecosystems, energise local economies and democratise entrepreneurship across the UK. In Oldham, the aim is to support grassroots entrepreneurship and attract talent, investment and mentors to the area from across Greater Manchester

Makerversity

Christina Hayman is the General Manager of Makerversity London - an essential provider of workspace for maker businesses in London.

Makerversity gives young organisations a vital presence in a city where they would otherwise be unable to afford space.They provide spaces, tools and machines to over 90 businesses (250 people), and also run programmes to support business development and experimentation.

Arch Creative

Steve Stopps has been leading tech projects for over two decades across many sectors: combining sales, marketing and production expertise. Steve founded Team Lumo, the creators of multi award winning mobile games like; Kumo Lumo and Lumo Deliveries, as wells as playing a critical role in establishing the Creative Arches; Leamington Spa’s creative co-working space. Steve says “I like bringing together people with different perspectives to inspire new ways of thinking.”

Volker Hirsch, Bluebeck

Volker is Brita’s husband and Lenny’s and Inga’s father. He is also an entrepreneur, advisor and angel investor who has founded or co-founded a total of 7 companies to date. Currently, he is a co-founder of Blue Beck, a software development house based in Macclesfield, the founder of Quantified Ventures, building venture programmes in the IoT/Smart Cities/Big Data & Analytics/AI & Machine Learning sectors, a Venture Partner at Emerge Education, Europe’s leading EdTech accelerator, and the Chairman of Bibblio, which is building next-gen recommender system for knowledge content. He also acts as a board member and/or advisor to another five companies, in EdTech, Health, IoT and gaming. Further, Volker is a Co-Founder of Tech North Advocates seeking to aid the evolving tech ecosystems in the North. Previously, he was the Chief Strategy Officer at Scoreloop, which sold to BlackBerry where he was Global Head of Games. He is a citizen of the world.

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