Ambitious Sync the City Project Will Create New Tech StartUps in 3 Days

Sync The City

Sync the City, is a collaboration between SyncNorwich, HP, The University of East Anglia and Norfolk County Council.

Its objective is to highlight Norwich as a key play in the UKs Tech Community and place it firmly on the map as a centre of innovation. Over three days in November, those taking part have a chance to pitch their business ideas to leaders in the industry for a chance to win a prize of £3000.

The student and business teams, assisted by hands on mentors from the local business community will then pitch their ideas to a panel of high-profile judges at the end of the event.

Anastasia Emmanuel from crowdsourcing platform Indiegogo and Jon Bradford from TechStars form part of the judging team.

Emma Swift of Tech City UK – which champions the digital and technology industry in the UK and internationally – keynotes the event. She will highlight what makes a successful tech cluster and how different clusters can work together to make the whole UK a digital hub for innovation.

Chloe Smith MP will also attend the event.

Fiona Lettice, Professor in Innovation Management at UEA’s Norwich Business School, said: “Norfolk is already home to a rapidly growing number of technology innovators turning their creative ideas into real business, and Sync the City will bring together the strength of Norwich’s tech community in one place. The judges and mentors can offer real-life advice whilst we hope the competition will kick start the developments of the next generation of Norfolk tech companies.”

Patrick Stephenson, HP General Manager Digital Norfolk Ambition Partnership, said: “HP is delighted to be a sponsor and active participant of Sync the City. I am excited about the disruptive innovation this event will drive and collaboration amongst local entrepreneurs, SME’s, public sector and private sector organisations such as HP.”

SyncNorwich was founded in 2012 as a virtual community to support the growing digital economy in and around Norwich and is now one of the biggest and most active tech meet-up groups outside of London. SyncNorwich has over 900 members, of which approximately 50% are software developers and architects, 20% are founders, entrepreneurs, directors or investors and 20% are project managers or others.

Sync the City will be held at the King’s Centre, King Street in Norwich from 20–22 November. Participants will pay £25 to enter which will include food and refreshments throughout.

The event has been funded by HP, Norfolk County Council, NEMODE (New Economic Models in the Digital Economy), Rainbird and the University of East Anglia.

There is still time to register over on the Sync The City site.

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