LEADERS of the region’s thriving tech industry flocked to the University for the official launch of Digital Innovation.
Last week’s ceremony marked Digital Innovation’s move into The Sheds, on Chester Street, giving guests and staff a chance to learn more about its mission to develop new technology, relationships and businesses.
It is now set to become the foremost venue for innovation in Manchester’s diverse and burgeoning technology sector.
Digital Innovation will share the shed with the MMU’s successful business incubation unit, Innospace. The project is designed to be a one-stop shop for research, business growth and education to drive the digital economy.
Professor Jean-Noel Ezingeard, Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Strategic Planning and Research, welcomed guests to the event.
“We recognised that successful digital projects bring together design and creative input, together with technical expertise, but also innovative business models,” he said.
“Digital Innovation is set up to find different ways of making that mix work.”
The project is home to around 100 graduate start-ups and researchers, boasting a TV and radio studio, teaching space and a 3D printing facility run in partnership with Hobs Studio.
There will be support for small and medium-sized enterprises focusing on content marketing, account management and HTML web design.
Keith Miller, Head of the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology, believes it will be a place to explore ‘some interesting ideas’.
“Digital will be part of it but it could be within any avenue. What we have got in my School is the ability to provide the backbone, the infrastructure to make it work. We can collaborate across the University and are keen to that.”
Pete Lomas, trustee of the Raspberry Pi foundation and a member of Manchester Raspberry Jam, added: “It works really well for the Jam. There is so much space, with division of space so you can have different things going on at once.”
Manchester Metropolitan University is one of the most extensive higher education centres in Europe with 37,000 students and more than 1,000 undergraduate, postgraduate and professional courses. The University educates and trains large numbers of legal and business professionals, scientists, engineers, teachers, health workers and creative professionals.
Manchester Met has invested £350 million in its estate and facilities during a ten-year plan to create a truly world-class campus in the heart of Manchester and in Cheshire.
The University is in the top three nationally for environmental sustainability, in the top 3% of global universities as ranked by the Times Higher Education and has an 85% research impact rated world-leading and internationally excellent.
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