The property developer wants to expand the technology community at one of its projects in Manchester by launching an incubation programme for digital start-ups.
Allied London, which is building the Enterprise City mixed-use scheme close to Manchester’s Spinningfields district, has opened applications for the first cohort of Exchange, a scheme intended to support the next generation of tech entrepreneurs.
The programme, run in partnership with UK start-up support body Tech Nation, will offer ambitious, early stage, tech companies and entrepreneurs access to the tools and infrastructure they need to learn and succeed, to help grow the future of tech and digital industry across the UK, and establish Manchester as a global tech hub.
It aims to support more than 200 people through its 6-12-month development programme and is currently accepting applications for the first cohort of members.
Applicant businesses must meet one or more of the following criteria: the business has been trading for less than three years; it is headquartered in the UK; it is a digital tech business with a product or service to sell; it has at least one active client or pilot in progress, or has ambitions of growing and scaling.
Exchange will be based in Bonded Warehouse, one of the properties at Allied London’s 2m sq ft Enterprise City, which is being development to become a technology, media and cultural cluster in the city centre.
The building offers flexible workspace and space for workshops, speaker events and panel discussions, which will all be offered as part of the Exchange programme.
Michael Ingall, founder and chief executive of Allied London, said: “Exchange is a key part of the Enterprise City vision, reinforcing the beginnings of a renowned place for innovators, creators and trailblazers.
“From world-leading technology companies to media production studios, we have attracted huge brands to the district already, and Exchange intends to grow the UK’s next best start-ups as a result of the environment we are creating.”