Startup innovation workspace to pop up in Reading

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Startup innovation workspace to pop up in Reading

Caroline Baldwin

A Thames Valley pop-up innovation workspace for tech startups will open its doors in September.

The Grow@Green Park hub will offer local tech entrepreneurs a three-month business support programme and workspace where startups can develop new technologies.

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Launched by Connecting Thames Valley Tech (ConnectTVT) in partnership with Oxford Properties, the workspace will also give startups access to events, workshops and mentoring programmes.

It will be located at Green Park, a 195-acre business area outside Reading, and plans to open on 1 September. Grow@Green Park will “pop up” for three months and, if successful, may extend or move to other areas in the Thames Valley.

Louize Clarke, co-founder of ConnectTVT, said: “Grow@Green Park will give technology innovators in the region the opportunity to connect with industry and business experts and have a flexible workspace where they can collaborate and make new connections.”

Individuals or teams can apply for the Grow@Green Park autumn programme, which runs for three months from early September.

While London’s Tech City and “Silicon Roundabout” have long been a contender in the global race for startups and technology innovation, other areas around the UK are starting to attract attention as good locations to start up a technology business.

But can tech startups exist outside London? Tech City UK certainly seems to think so. CEO Gerard Grech told Computer Weekly: “London is obviously an international city, but I think there is so much else going on outside London.”

Grech said it is no longer just about London. While some argue that startups cannot succeed outside the capital, he believes the development of technology in the UK depends on connecting clusters of activity across the country.

He points to Bristol, Birmingham, Manchester and Newcastle as some of the clusters that are providing tech talent and business in the UK. He also points to Cambridge as a cluster with a long-standing history in technology, boasting world-class technology companies that employ thousands.


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