SW London Tech Cluster

Fluid. Funded. Inclusive. A new model tech cluster that works for everybody.

An initiative devoted to developing the tech ecosystem in Southwest London because real development is about improving workflows between local members of digital industries including tech founders, employers, freelancers, mentors, investors, educators, trainers and suppliers.

London is already one of the 10 hottest startup ecosystems on the planet but we see enormous advantages in growing local clusters like Southwest London. It’s our dream to have the best connected tech ecosystem in one of the greatest tech cities in the World.

We are currently working to run a set of events in SW London during London Technology Week. Interested? Register your interest or connect with us on Twitter @SWTechLondon.

Tech Clusters in London

London Tech City (Silicon Roundabout) began in 2010 as the first government-backed UK cluster bringing together thousands of digital businesses, from fast-growing startups to big corporates. Smaller London hubs have developed in Canary Wharf, White City, Kentish Town, Tech City Croydon and Stratford Olympic Park. The key sectors in London as a whole are:

  • Fintech
  • Marketplace/Lead generation
  • Data management and analytics
Southwest London’s biggest players are in the above sectors and also in online clothes and food shopping. Data on who is who in tech is now available on the interactive map by Tech Nation.

According to the think tank Policy Exchange:

‘Clusters – geographic concentrations of interconnected companies and institutions in a particular field - are the most effective way of boosting the technology sector across the country.’
Silicon Cities - Supporting the development of tech clusters outside London and the South East of England

Tech City research published in Tech Nation 2015 showed,

‘Clusters develop organically and are entrepreneur-led. Support from local and national stakeholders can accelerate the growth of technology clusters. If more established clusters generate their own momentum, smaller clusters need to be nurtured with tailored growth strategies. ‘
TechNation – Powering the digital economy

Endorsements

We are still conceptualising the SW London Tech Cluster, but it is already being endorsed by the following British luminaries.

Dr. Sue Black OBE

Social entrepreneur, writer and public speaker. Sue has won numerous awards including being one of the “50 most inspiring women in European tech’. Her current startup #techmums teaches mums tech skills enabling them to become tech savvy.

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Inderpaul Johar

Co-founder of Hub Westminster and advocate of system change

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Arun Sarwal

Group Chief Executive Officer at DST Global Solutions

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Dr. James Orwell

Professor of Computer Science. Kingston University has the experience, and the appetite, to make a big impact on the capabilities of tech industries located in South-West London. It makes sense on all levels to be nurturing this activity, in an area of the country with such outstanding human potential, and we look forward to realising this potential in the years to come.

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David Norris

Partner at Forward Partners, Investor in early stage startups. David has over 20 years experience in digital business strategy and planning, product management, HR and operations.

South West London is building some fantastic momentum. There is a large skilled workforce, many of whom are commuting East for work and would would love to work locally.

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Rose Ross

London Tech Advocate and Chief Trailblazer at Tech Trailblazers Awards

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Delia Porter

Specialist in strategy and tech for startups and small businesses

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Sabrina Clarke

Founder, Build Global . Cultivating a SW Tech Cluster ensures an interconnected eco-system that harnesses the power of innovation released for the economic and intellectual growth of the UK and South West London. Bringing together the disruptors, entrepreneurs, founders, educators and investors will create energy, leverage talent, develop a skills base and demand that is valuable and profitable for small to medium enterprises as well as large corporates.

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David Randall

Cofounder of Maple Works and freelancing coach David did research and development work at Kingston University with a focus on eastern Europe before embarking on a mixed role delivering workspace and coaching freelancers.

So many people now working within a distributed workforce, the economy is fast become one centred around flexible working and clusters. Tech is the sector experiencing the fastest growth but it needs to be more accessible to people needing to transition into new careers. A tech cluster can help to make this happen.

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Anastasiia Ierofeieva

Professional Geologist and an enterprise advisor.

Industry clusters help young and ambitions people to find suitable employment and develop their skills and talents. As professional geologist and an enterprise advisor I volunteer helping young people with STEM careers. As a young female I know how difficult it is to find employers that live up to your dreams and ambitions. It takes a lot of hard work to be taken seriously in a male dominated industry. A SW London Tech Cluster will help to connect to right people.

Development Areas

A successful cluster will support mature and early stage businesses if we can foster a startup and innovation ecosystem with the mature tech business ecosystem. The two will work in synergy with each other and resources will flow within and between each ecosystem.

Talent

Develop Talent, Skills and Labour Markets .

Workspace & Culture

Concentrate Density and Sustain an Innovation Culture.

Capital

Provide Legal and Financial Backup

Policy Convening

Catalyse bringing the tech community together with policy makers, providing a strong feedback loop to national and local government.

Get Involved

Please register your Interest by filling in the form, and consider taking part in London Technology Week either as a visitor to one of the events in SW London or by putting on an event. Organise an event on your own, or if you go under Kingston University’s umbrella you pay just £50 for the internet marketing platform on the LTW site saving £200.

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