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Tech London Advocates launches four new tech-focused working groups

Private sector technology network creates working groups to promote tech startup companies in particular sectors

Tech London Advocates has launched four new working groups to focus on promoting technology in the retail, creative, cyber and gaming sectors.

The private-sector network is backing growth in these areas, claiming the capital holds a competitive advantage for them and dubbing them “the next big things” for the London tech scene.

Industry leaders will gather together London-based digital entrepreneurs from each of the four sectors to discuss the challenges and opportunities of growing the retail, creative, cyber and gaming technology areas.

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, said: “After the breakthrough success of fintech, London’s technology community is beginning to produce startups with the ability to grow rapidly in size and scale across a range of sectors.

“As tech becomes increasingly mainstream and continues to disrupt every industry in the capital, we should expect to see the next significant exit coming from the likes of retail, creative, cyber and gaming.”   

The retail technology working group, led by Stephen Millard of Eccomplished, will look to work with London companies Reward Technology, Shopa, Powa Localz, Orpiva, Soundest, No place like Holm and Editd to grow areas such as RFID, ibeacons and social marketplaces.

Jennifer Arcuri of InnoTech Summit will head up the cyber tech group, focusing on areas such as machine learning, security and data loss, with firms including Darktrace, Sophos, Mimecast, Digital Shadows and Gerub.

Leader of the game tech group, Axel Katalan of Frazy, believes there has been a shift from gaming hubs in Liverpool and Edinburgh towards creative indie startups in London, and he will work with companies such as Green Man Gaming, Mind Candy, PlayCanvas, Hutch Games, Space Ape Games, Bossa Studios and Playhubs to tap into this potential.

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The creative technology group, led by Kay Hutchison of Belle Media, will work with Unruly, Omniphone, Shazam, AppNexus and Artesian Solutions to discuss less traditional tech solutions.

These new ventures will bring the total number of working groups run by Tech London Advocates to 16, including a “scale-up” group that focuses on pushing startups to scale and grow effectively.

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