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Macmillan Science and Education donates £6k to Connecting Tech City

£6k donation from publisher Macmillan Science and Education doubles total raised to date towards Connecting Tech City's £50k crowdfunding target

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Macmillan Science and Education has donated £6,000 to Connecting Tech City, a crowdfunded project that aims to help young people from poor east London boroughs find work in the burgeoning local digital economy. 

Launched on 14 May the Connecting Tech City initiative invites tech companies, schools, teachers and parents to donate and spread awareness across social media. The campaign, created by Centre for London, has an initial target of £50,000.

Macmillan Science and Education’s donation brings the funds raised so far to just over £12,000.

Centre for London director Ben Rogers said: “Macmillan Science and Education’s donation today marks a significant boost in our fundraising efforts and means we are one more step towards realising our goal of building the most socially inclusive tech cluster in the world.

“We launched the Connecting Tech City campaign with the intention of it becoming a truly collaborative initiative across London’s tech and education communities. We urge others to get involved in any way they can to help us meet our target by 16 June.”

Annette Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Science and Education, said: “Colleagues from across our businesses are already working on a number of fantastic initiatives supporting local young people in King’s Cross, Tech City and beyond. The Connecting Tech City project will provide a platform through which these efforts can be coordinated and will allow for more effective collaboration between businesses, young people, parents, teachers and schools – an effort we wholeheartedly welcome and support.

“We encourage other established players in the technology and education space to donate.”

Sue O’Hare, director of enterprise at City University London, said: “We are delighted to stand alongside many partners in support of this much needed initiative. City University London has supported Connecting Tech City by providing initial seed funding, and it’s great to see momentum now building behind it.

“We hope many other local businesses and others who are invested in the future of inner London and its broad economic prosperity will pledge something towards this project, as Macmillan Science and Education has done today.”

Launched on 14 May the Connecting Tech City initiative invites tech companies, schools, teachers and parents to donate and spread awareness across social media. The campaign, created by Centre for London, has an initial target of £50,000.

Macmillan Science and Education’s donation brings the funds raised so far to just over £12,000.

Centre for London director Ben Rogers said: “Macmillan Science and Education’s donation today marks a significant boost in our fundraising efforts and means we are one more step towards realising our goal of building the most socially inclusive tech cluster in the world.

“We launched the Connecting Tech City campaign with the intention of it becoming a truly collaborative initiative across London’s tech and education communities. We urge others to get involved in any way they can to help us meet our target by 16 June.”

Annette Thomas, CEO of Macmillan Science and Education, said: “Colleagues from across our businesses are already working on a number of fantastic initiatives supporting local young people in King’s Cross, Tech City and beyond. The Connecting Tech City project will provide a platform through which these efforts can be coordinated and will allow for more effective collaboration between businesses, young people, parents, teachers and schools – an effort we wholeheartedly welcome and support.

“We encourage other established players in the technology and education space to donate.”

Sue O’Hare, director of enterprise at City University London, said: “We are delighted to stand alongside many partners in support of this much needed initiative. City University London has supported Connecting Tech City by providing initial seed funding, and it’s great to see momentum now building behind it.

“We hope many other local businesses and others who are invested in the future of inner London and its broad economic prosperity will pledge something towards this project, as Macmillan Science and Education has done today.”

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