London Tech Week: The week in review

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    Friday15Jun 2018
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    Simon Spier, Head of International Trade, reflects on the week as a whole and discusses takeaways from some key events that were attended over the last three days.

As London Tech Week draws a close, it safe to say it has been a vibrant, enjoyable and somewhat hectic week. The energetic atmosphere that was created during the launch has not let up. After an action packed Monday and Tuesday, Wednesday provided the opportunity to meet the first Access India Programme cohort at the Indian High Commission.

 

On Thursday I was pleased to join a panel at the Global Ecosystems Summit. (GES). GES provided a platform for global start-up hubs and innovation programmes to showcase their ecosystems. The event provided an opportunity for ecosystem leaders to share and gain insights from each other’s experiences and for ecosystem startups and technology companies to find avenues for collaboration, partnerships and investment.  Participation ranged from startups/ scaleups, entrepreneurs, accelerators/ incubators, corporate innovation, tech buyers, venture capital, family offices, and trade bodies.

 

I was privileged to join a panel in which we explored resources and opportunities to enable collaboration between companies and ecosystems. The event was very well organised and again showcased the rich talent in London, the UK and indeed around the globe. Following GES, I headed to the London Transport Museum for an event that explored technology in F1 organised by Orange Bus. The event hosted a range of fascinating talks that explored the use for applications of F1 tech to other industries.

 

Today, I had the opportunity to meet with a delegation of excellent India start-ups and players in the ecosystem. We explored opportunities in the UK for them to grow and shared tips with each other on how to make the most out of the UK ecosystem.

 

As anticipated London Tech Week has been intense, fruitful and fun. Bring on next year!

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    Simon Spier

    Head of UK Digital Strategy
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