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Collaboration lies at the heart of our city’s success

Our ecosystem brings together visionary thinkers from the public and private sectors, world-class researchers, start-ups and corporates. A forward thinking ecosystem who share a vision for inclusive and collaborative innovation, and use their knowledge and assets to improve our collective intelligence and prosperity across the city.

Talent is a big pull for businesses based in Leeds. Alongside major employers, and a rich tapestry of start-ups and scale-ups, we’re proud to have the University of Leeds, Leeds Beckett University and University of the Arts on our doorstep, boasting an annual graduate intake of 60,000 students across a variety domains and a growing number of STEM graduates.

Leeds Digital Festival

The Leeds Digital Festival is an open, collaborative festival celebrating digital culture in all its forms, running over a two-week period each spring, in 2020 they hosted 428 events and had an international audience of over 45,000 from over 60 countries.

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Nexus brings together innovative business and academic minds to drive innovation, enabling businesses from all sectors to connect with the expertise, talent and facilities at the University of Leeds. It offers a community, workspace and collaborative approach to accelerate and de-risk innovation and maximise commercial returns.

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Located next to Leeds train station, Platform is a digital tech hub – home to a cluster of over 80 of the region’s most innovative and disruptive digital and tech start-ups and scale-ups. Platform offers a unique culture, with connectivity and proximity to the professional services, key ingredients for any ambitious business.

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ODI Leeds

ODI Leeds is a pioneer node of the Open Data Institute. Working with companies and governments to build and open up trustworthy data ecosystems, it was created to explore and develop the potential of open innovation with data at city scale, and offers a lively co-working and event space.

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Duke Studios

A melting pot of digital and creatives make this co-working space unique. In 2019 it won the Most Inspired Spaces award at Prolific North. Duke Studios is a creator and maker space, offering a range of prototyping services which contribute to a truly collaborative culture.

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Fintech North

Fintech North connects the FinTech community across the Northern Powerhouse, providing an open platform for collaboration, sharing ideas and best practice. It also profiles the latest innovative start-ups and scale-ups.

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A not-for-profit organisation based in Leeds that helps tech and digital start-ups across the North of England raise angel investment and access crucial expert support to help them fulfil their potential. Aligned with the strategic growth ambition of the Northern Powerhouse, NorthInvest exists to fuel the future of the North of England by facilitating investment in start-ups developing new technologies.

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Leeds Academic Health Partnership (LAHP)

A collaborative partnership between three Leeds universities, our health and care organisations and the City Council, with world-class expertise close to hand. LAHP discovers solutions that unite the full research and educational expertise of our universities with the strengths of our health, care and industry partners.

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