Tech Manchester Recruits 60 Mentors for City's Digital Sector
Article date: Thu, 13 Jul 2017 10:28 GMT
A new not-for-profit tech initiative backed by UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones is off to a flying start, with more than 60 startup founders and tech industry experts committing thousands of hours’ mentoring to the city’s startups.
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A sold-out event, which marked the official launch of the Tech Manchester project, invited potential mentors to pledge mentoring hours to the cause. Tech Manchester’s primary goal is to make Manchester the number one tech city in the UK – an aim supported by Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham.
The event also saw the mentors and other attendees, including representatives from Tech North and Business Growth Hub, develop plans for the further acceleration of Manchester’s startup ecosystem.
Tech Manchester project lead Patricia Keating said: “It is amazing to see such an incredible turnout, and for more than 60 people to have committed their time to this cause at the outset is absolutely phenomenal.
“If they each commit a few hours every month to passing on their knowledge and experience, that’s going to supercharge the Manchester digital industry. We’re still on the lookout for more mentors and we’re confident that the ecosystem that we’ve created will continue to grow.”
Gaynor Dykes of Grant Thornton and Angel Academe, which supports female founded tech businesses, said: “The critical thing for any early-stage tech business is to get as much advice as possible from those who’ve been there and done it. Surrounding yourself with expertise to help with your strategy at a very early stage is really important.”
Tom New, co-founder of Greater Manchester startup Formisimo, said: “We’ve made thousands of small mistakes on our journey, so if we can impart any knowledge that we’ve acquired over the three years that we’ve been doing this and it speeds up someone else’s journey to success then that can only be a good thing.”
UKFast CEO Lawrence Jones said: “Not many successful business leaders tell you that they reached where they are today on their own. Everyone needs help and support and Tech Manchester is about creating a real, working network of individuals with the skills and the experience to help supercharge Manchester’s tech community.”
Tech Manchester is now beginning the process of linking the mentors to fledgling technology businesses in the region.
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