London Technology Week 2016 kicks off

"Europe's largest festival of technology" is running from Monday 20 June to Sunday 26 June with more than 300 events taking place across the capital

The third annual London Technology Week, “Europe’s largest festival of tech events”, officially launched this morning at an event hosted by Tech London Advocates, London & Partners, and digital minister Ed Vaizey, among others.

Running from June 20 to June 26, London Technology Week 2016 intends to showcase what the capital has to offer to the tech industry; from access to talent, science, and rich data, with approximately 300 events take place across the city to celebrate London as a “global powerhouse for tech”.

See also: London Tech Week 2016: Top events for your diary

Opening the launch event was Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, who said that “London has become the best city in the world to create and scale tech companies” and pointed to figures which showed that investors have backed over $10bn investment in the capital’s tech businesses.

Also speaking at the event was high-profile early-stage tech investor Eileen Burbidge who commented on the evolution of the capital’s tech scene: “[London’s] tech sector is now at a stage where we celebrate all of the sub-sectors from finance to healthtech, medtech and so on”.

The EU referendum was also a topic of conversation at the launch and Vaizey encouraged the crowd to ‘Vote Remain’.

Vaizey said while he was “probably already speaking to the converted […]”, ” if we were to vote to leave the EU then our talent would be at risk […] the EU brings talent and investment to the UK.”

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