South West News #9
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SETsquared Bristol startup’s founder receives Women in Innovation award and £50k grant
Since arriving in the UK from China 18 years ago, Dr Chen Mao Davies has learned to speak fluent English, created new CGI technologies for Oscar and BAFTA winning films, become a mother, and now launched her own business, LatchAid.
Yesterday – on International Women’s Day – she was awarded an Innovate UK Women in Innovation Award. This is one of only 40 nationwide awards out of 750+ applicants! Innovate UK EDGE SW Innovation and Growth Specialist, Kathryn Green, persuaded Chen to apply for the award and guided her through the application process.
Chen will receive a £50,000 grant, bespoke growth support, and will visit schools to promote entrepreneurship and innovation to young women.
Source: TechSPARK 2021
Government invests £54m to ‘future proof’ South West economy via tech revolution
The Government is investing more than £54million in South West businesses and research to “future proof” the economy and create jobs.
UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) is injecting the cash to tackle what it sees as major societal challenges and to help the UK “build back better”.
Furthermore, projects already under way in the region involve unmanned flying drones, air transport in towns and cities and wearable tech for cows.
Source: Business Live 2021
University of Bristol tech incubator raises £40.2 million in 2020
SETsquared Bristol, a University of Bristol-led technology incubator has announced that its members raised a combined £40.2 million in 2020.
Over half of Setsquared’s 80 members secured funding in 2020, a record figure for the incubator. These include six student start-ups and spin-outs from the University of Bristol.
Forming part of an enterprise collaboration between five universities, the aim of SETsquared Bristol is to support founders who want to grow their own businesses.
Source: Epigram 2021
Bath and Bristol gaming specialist marketing agencies announce ‘strategic alliance’
Two fast-growing marketing agencies in the South West that specialise in the gaming, tech and entertainment sectors have announced a new strategic alliance.
Fourth Floor, headquartered in Bristol, and Dialect Inc, which has an office in Bath, count leading video game developers, such as SEGA and Ubisoft, and tech giant Amazon among their collective client base.
Fourth Floor, which has offices in Europe and North America, helps brands reach consumers by building partnerships with influential social media content creators.
Source: Business Live 2021