Tech City UK has announced new content for its Digital Business Academy programme.
Digital Business Academy offers access to education, offering free courses to anyone in the UK who wants to start, run, or join a digital business.
The new course content has been provided by Founder Centric. The Digital Business Academy now offers nine online courses.
Eight online courses are already offered from UCL, Cambridge Judge Business School and Founder Centric.
Tech City UK CEO, Gerard Grech, said: “Campus life and entrepreneurship are not mutually exclusive. Digital Business Academy represents a revolutionary shift in attitude in how we approach learning and accessing the right opportunities in a fast-moving industry.
“From canvassing digital businesses in Tech City and across the UK, we recognise access to talent is an issue and we are tackling issue the head on.”
Since its launch last year 12,000 people have signed up to the platform, and 26% of these have completed the course.
Newly appointed head of the programme, Richard Dennys, said: “The fact that so many people are taking and completing courses shows that the UK is embracing a truly entrepreneurial culture.
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“The course completion rates have been double the industry average and we are seeing a real appetite for access to tangible digital business skills across the UK. With the addition of extra course material from Founder Centric, I’m incredibly excited to see the next phase of DBA and the digital ventures our course participants will embark upon.”
Devin Hunt of Founder Centric said: “At Founder Centric we're always looking for the best ways to teach honest, practical entrepreneurship. Joining forces with Digital Business Academy dovetails perfectly with our core mission and we are delighted to support the programme with brand new course material.
“We're excited to start creating the next phase of the Digital Business Academy and can't wait to see how participants use it.”
A report from Tech City UK called Tech Nation recently revealed that digital employment is set to grow faster than any other UK sector at 5.4% by 2020.
One third of the report’s respondents said they lack local talent, which is the biggest barrier for growth.
Tech City UK is also looking for further content providers. It already partners with 43 organisations including Microsoft Ventures, Ogilvy and the BBC. Partners offer a range of paid internships, mentorships, specialist content and free startup support such as help with loans and co-working space.