ConnectTVT, the initiative accelerating the growth of the digital ecosystem in the Thames Valley, is leading a day of conversations on 22 March 2018 with Tech City UK CEO Gerard Grech, to help shape the future of Reading’s tech economy.
ConnectTVT founder, Louize Clarke, will bring together some of Reading’s most ambitious tech start-ups and scale-ups – Altitude Angel, Enswarm and Kymira –to discuss what today’s tech businesses really need to thrive in the area. Talent, connectivity and corporate support are challenges affecting those looking to do and create business in Reading.
“Our tech cluster is growing up,” Louize explains, “But it remains fragmented and there’s a sense that we’re working in pockets. This is the opportunity for our tech community to share what they need at a national level. For us, it’s about collaboration, investing in grassroots, and real commitment to cultivate a diverse and engaged digital eco-system.”
Gerard Grech said: “Reading has long been associated with international tech companies such as Microsoft and Oracle. However in recent years its local startup community has rapidly developed with many ambitious fast growth companies in the area. Tech Nation’s objective will be to connect these companies with others around the country, building a national network of tech entrepreneurs and digital excellence.”
In April 2018, Tech City UK and Tech North will join forces to launch Tech Nation, the organisation which works to accelerate the tech sector and support ambitious entrepreneurs across the country. Tech Nation has recognised Reading as one of its 11 regional tech clusters: placing the town within a powerful network, aimed at ensuring the UK remains firmly at the top of global tech rankings.
ConnectTVT will meet with Tech City UK on 22 March at Thames Tower. Other participants will include Thames Valley LEP, Reading CIC and UTC who will also be considering how Reading’s true tech potential can be reached.