Working groups launched to support capital’s emerging tech sectors

Tech London Advocates will support tech start-ups in retail, creative, cyber and games - areas identified as giving London a competitive advantage

Tech London Advocates, the private sector technology network, has launched four new working groups to support London tech start-ups in the retail, creative, cyber and games sectors.

The groups will bring together industry leaders, entrepreneurs and experts to discuss the challenges and opportunities facing the capital’s start-ups in these emerging areas.

Tech London Advocates has identified retailtech, creativetech, cybertech and gamestech as key verticals where London has a genuine competitive advantage, and will join the network’s 12 existing  groups which include edtech, cleantech and fashtech.

The retail tech group will be led by Stephen Millard of retailtech accelerator eccomplished and will look to support companies such as Reward Technology, Shopa and Powa. Jennifer Acrurui of tech business event InnoTech Summit will lead the cybertech group and target companies including Darktrace, Sophos and Mimecast.

Belle Media’s Kay Hutchinson will lead the creativetech group, which includes start-ups such as UNRULY, Omniphone and Shazam. Finally the gamestech group will be led by Axel Katalan of Frazy and will support companies like Green Man Gaming, Mind Candy and PlayCanvas.

Russ Shaw, founder of Tech London Advocates, commented: “After the breakthrough success of financial technology, London’s tech community is starting to produce start-ups with the ability to grow rapidly in size and scale across a range of sectors.

“As tech becomes increasingly mainstream and continues to disrupt every industry in the capital, we should expect to see the next significant exit coming from the likes of retail, creative, cyber and gaming.

“Tech London Advocates’ new working groups demonstrate the private sector’s appetite to support these emerging specialisms and work together to overcome the challenges still facing fast growth businesses in the capital.”

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