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News - 5 November 2014

Digital Catapult Centre for Brighton

The Digital Catapult, a national centre set up to rapidly advance the UK’s best digital ideas, has appointed a consortium led by Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) to establish a local Digital Catapult Centres in Brighton.

Due to open in March 2015, the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton will work across the whole Coast to Capital region which includes West Sussex, the Gatwick Diamond, Croydon, Lewes and Brighton & Hove. It will provide a place where start-ups and small businesses in the creative and technology sectors can develop and showcase their digital ideas and products. They will also be able to use it to connect and collaborate with larger businesses, universities and public sector organisations. The centre will host a high bandwidth connection linking it with two additional centres planned for Bradford and Sunderland, and also with the Digital Catapult Centre London.

With a united aim of generating thousands of new jobs, driving innovation at a local level and creating millions in linked investment and future funding by 2025, the three local centres will support the London King’s Cross  Digital Catapult Centre.

Projects undertaken at the Centre will focus specifically on encouraging innovation and value from real-time and location-based data (the Internet of Place). Other project partners include American Express, Brighton & Hove City Council and Gatwick Airport.

Activity will run until March 2018, and the consortia will also be tasked with:
  • Initiating and collaborating with the Digital Catapult on a range of innovative projects designed to be accessible to start-up and SME businesses to use and learn from.
  • Creating flexible and fluid links between universities and the local business community that enable university led R&D in the Digital Catapult challenge areas to be converted into commercial market opportunities which can be prototyped and piloted by start-ups and SMEs.
  • Helping to develop the higher level skills needed to realise and exploit new data and media capabilities.

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