Policy Forum for London: Developing London’s tech sector

2 April 2015 09:00 - 2 April 2016 13:00

Guest of Honour: Gerard Grech, Chief Executive, Tech City UK and Member, London Tech Ambassadors Group

This seminar will provide a timely opportunity to discuss next steps for supporting London’s growing technology sector.

Delegates will discuss what more can be done to support digital start-ups and entrepreneurs facing challenges such as access to funding, affordable office space and skills and talent – with the Autumn Statement including measures to fund equity investment in high growth companies and to extend Entrepreneurs’ Relief – as well as latest developments in the FinTech, MedTech and Property tech sectors.

With consultation currently underway on a new planning strategy to develop London’s Tech City as a globally competitive base for technology companies, further sessions focus on priorities for the GLA in developing infrastructure – including plans for a Smart London – and providing superfast connectivity to support business.

We are delighted to include keynote addresses from Dr Nick Appleyard, Interim Deputy Director for Government, Innovate UK; Professor Alan Barrell, Member, Advisory Board, MedCity; Faisal Butt, Chief Executive Officer, PiLabs; Andrew Campling, General Manager, London, Southern and Eastern England, BT Group; Anthony Clarke, Chief Executive Officer, Angel Capital Group and London Business Angels; Claire Cockerton, Chief Executive Officer, Innovate Finance; Andrew Collinge, Assistant Director, Intelligence and Analysis, Greater London Authority; Eddie Copeland, Head of Technology Policy Unit, Policy Exchange; David Dunn, Chief Executive Officer, Sunderland Software City and Gerard Grech, Chief Executive, Tech City UK and Member, London Tech Ambassadors Group.

Anne Campbell, Patent Attorney, Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo; Anthony Impey, Founder and Managing Director, Optimity and Guy Levin, Executive Director, The Coalition For a Digital Economy (Coadec) have also agreed to speak.

Jennette Arnold AM, Member for North East (Hackney, Islington and Waltham Forest), London Assembly and Steve O’Connell AM, Deputy Chair, Planning Committee, London Assembly have kindly agreed to chair at this seminar.

More details about the event can be found at: http://www.westminsterforumprojects.co.uk/forums/event.php?eid=922&t=9128

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