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The global destination for inclusive innovation

Leeds has big ambitions to become the global destination for inclusive innovation in the UK.

The city is delivering innovation that creates a healthier, greener and inclusive future for Leeds, the region and across the globe.

Our city is a destination for entrepreneurs, innovators and research experts; home to innovative start-ups, world class universities and global corporates, who are not afraid to push boundaries, create new products, services and employment. There is no better place to invest in the UK.


Our ecosystem – building a centre of global significance

We have a strong and thriving innovation ecosystem, built in collaboration with corporates, entrepreneurs, our universities, and public sector partners, which is already delivering significant results.

The new £1.5billion Leeds Innovation Arc, a city centre science park home to some of the biggest public and private sector organisations in the North of England is driving forward our innovation ambition and create a centre of global significance.

The Arc is located in the city centre and based around the natural anchors of the main universities, the proposed new build adult and children’s hospitals, and major private sector partners.

West Yorkshire is now home to the country’s third investment zone with a focus on digital and healthtech which has further accelerated our plans for the Arc.



Supporting and backing diverse entrepreneurs

In Leeds we are obsessive about innovation with social purpose and we back diverse innovators and entrepreneurs with the potential to develop high growth businesses in the city.

From the grassroots community led organisations like Leeds Digital Festival[link], to world leading Research and Development (R&D), health innovators and tech unicorns.  We create the conditions for success and have benchmarked Leeds internationally through working with Massachusetts Institute of Technology on their Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Program (MIT REAP)



Read about the Leeds MIT REAP programme