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Manchester's home of digital

Showcasing Manchester’s digital sector, the incubator aims to inspire international attention, drive jobs as well as inward investment 

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Dornan: wants to ensure that tech entrepreneurs can fulfil their growth potential
Dornan: wants to ensure that tech entrepreneurs can fulfil their growth potential

The city of Manchester has a flourishing and diverse tech community

Expected to open in 2017, it will lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs

The incubator is focused on the most disruptive sector of the economy

Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) has been awarded £2m from Manchester City Council to create a new technology incubator in the heart of Manchester’s Innovation District.


The new centre will be located at Oxford House on Bruntwood’s Circle Square campus, the largest city centre development site at 1 million sq ft. It is expected to open in 2017 and lead to the creation of hundreds of jobs.


The award, made after a competitive tender, will see MSP and its partners Manchester Digital, Complete Resourcing and the city’s universities, target the engineering, advanced materials and tech sectors to occupy the new hub.


“The city has a flourishing and diverse tech community. Working with our amazing partners, we will deliver better access to talent and skills, and to new sources of funding, ensuring that tech entrepreneurs can fulfil their growth potential,” said Anne Dornan, head of innovation at Manchester Science Partnerships.


“We will work together with the local tech community to create a home and showcase for Manchester’s digital sector which will inspire international attention, drive jobs, and inward investment in the most exciting and disruptive sector of our economy.”


MSP said its bid, based on its signature collaboration and partnership approach, will deliver a complete package of specialist services to support the growth of tech businesses, including access to world class talent, skills development and to an active and engaged investor base.


"The investment in this new centre is great news and we are delighted to be involved. It will help tackle the shortage of skills in the sector, which we know is one of the biggest challenges that have been holding back our community,” added Katie Gallagher, managing director of Manchester Digital.


“MSP has done a great job in assembling such a strong line-up of partners who are committed to growing Manchester and the UK’s digital economy."


The £2m funding allocated by Manchester City Council was awarded to the city by the Government’s Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS.)


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