Silicon Spires meets Silicon Roundabout
The partnership allows students from both universities to access entrepreneurship support, events and initiatives from either institution.
For example, Isis Software Incubator start-ups looking to bring their entrepreneurial ideas to London can utilise City's co-working space The Hangout, whilst City's students can access the vibrant tech and event networks surrounding the UK's oldest University.
The partnership was formally launched at an event at The Hangout. City invited the brightest talent from Oxford to showcase their start-up ideas for 'Silicon Spires meets Silicon Roundabout', an evening of presentations and networking.
Jeff Lynn, Co- Founder of crowd funding start-up, Seedrs, kicked things off with a presentation 'From Oxford to Tech City', before five Oxford start-ups introduced their companies and told their story. Seedrs was started as an entrepreneurial project by Lynn and his business partner whilst they were both at Oxford's SAID Business School, but is now based in London. Lynn shared his experiences from both London and Oxford in his speech.
Ben Mumby-Croft, Enterprise Education Manager at City says: "I'm delighted to welcome Oxford to The Hangout and look forward to further developing links between two great tech communities. Unlike London, Oxford isn't well known for its tech start-up scene but make no mistake, it is there; it is growing rapidly and is an ideal partner for the Silicon Roundabout community. This event was a fantastic showcase for The Hangout and demonstrated the benefits of City of having a physical presence in the heart of Tech City."
Roy Azoulay, Founding Manager of the Isis Software Incubator says: "We are delighted to be partnering with City University London to help connect the two tech communities in London and Oxford. City's proximity to Silicon Roundabout offers a unique opportunity for entrepreneurs to live and breathe this vibrant cluster and I am looking forward to many exciting collaborations emerging from this new partnership."
This partnership adds to the already impressive portfolio of initiatives that City operates within the Tech City community. Amongst others, City Unrulyversity, the UK's only pop-up university for entrepreneurs, continues to deliver cutting edge research and education in bite-size seminars every Wednesday evening; The Hangout provides free office space for City's entrepreneurial students as well as connecting tech entrepreneurs with talented students and the University has just partnered with the 'Connecting Tech City' project, a collaboration between The Centre for London and several key Tech City stakeholders, aimed at developing a central web-based platform in order for young people in the area to better access everything Tech City has to offer in terms of employment and opportunity.