Despite Covid-19, many firms have identified opportunities for growth over the next nine months. Approximately one third of those surveyed believe business opportunities will rise due to increased or new demands related to Covid-19, particularly in cloud services, digital connectivity, remote working technology, and digital health solutions.
The coronavirus has had a serious impact on Greater Manchester’s technology sector and Manchester Digital is here to support the region and its businesses.
Manchester Digital’s COVID-19 revealed that for most businesses, the most impactful way the organisation could help was to use its platform and network to allow businesses to maintain an online presence and a connection with other businesses that may require their services.
For that reason, Manchester Digital has come the decision to offer free membership to the wider sector.
- The promotion of a company’s news, initiatives or offers
- Helping to increase the audience attending a company’s online events and webinars
- Aiding business’s recruitment drive via access to a job board and enhanced profiling
- Access to research, resources and support
- The ability to connect and network with other members of Manchester Digital’s community
- The ability to feed into Manchester Digital’s lobbying work around business support for the tech sector during the Corona pandemic.
What else are Manchester Digital doing?
#MDTechCommunity Slack Channel – The organisation’s Slack channel boasts over 250 members and a dedicated #coronavirus channel in which members are sharing tips, advice, and camaraderie.
Content – Manchester Digital has also been creating content to help the sector, and will continue to do so. Some examples of the information it has shared can be found below.
- Coronavirus: What support is available for tech businesses?
- Coronavirus: Looking after employee’s mental health and wellbeing
- COVID-19: A list of useful resources
- Cyber Security Advice for businesses in response to COVID-19
- Freelancer Hangout: COVID-19 advice for the self-employed
Want to raise your profile?
If you want us to help you to raise your profile, contact firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange sharing your news, jobs or events on their site.
Now in its fourth year, the 50 Game Changers the Cohort investment rises by 33%. The 2020 cohort shows that the region’s tech and digital innovators continue to attract investment into the Thames Valley, raising a total of £83m in investment in the last year. This is an increase of 33% on the previous 2018-19 Game Changers, which raised £55m.
Importantly however ConnectTVT’s 50 Game Changer selection process takes into account selection criteria other than financial performance: indicators include impact of product or service, team and talent strategies and leadership.
Pushing new boundaries with innovation
From autonomous vehicle software, enabling barcodes to provide true full lifecycle product ownership, full immersive audio experiences and quantum security through to simple and affordable space missions and innovative ways of applying satellite data to help companies solve the world’s biggest challenges, this year’s Game Changers are pushing new boundaries in tech and digital even further.
50 Game Changer creator, Louize Clarke comments, “50 Game Changers is about capturing the true story of the tech and digital ecosystem. We’ve always wanted to highlight the incredible founders and community builders at the heart of the startup scene here in the Thames Valley and we’re truly blown away by the talent and contribution this year’s cohort is making to the region’s tech leadership and place on the global technology stage. A huge thank you to our partners for helping to make this happen.”
Co-founder Matt Bovey adds, “The 50 Game Changers is all about celebrating the region’s true innovators, the exceptional leaders and teams shaping the Thames Valley’s future. While 2020 has the potential to be a brilliant year for many, our cohort still needs support from outside their own networks to reach their full potential, particularly developing sustainable talent pipelines, investment in innovation and ecosystem building.”