Semiconductor innovation centre to open in Wales next year

An innovation centre for semiconductor research and development will open in South East Wales at the start of next year. On Friday, Secretary of State for Wales Alun Cairns confirmed that the Compound Semiconductor Applications Catapult will be launching its first facility in 2019. The UK Government is investing £51 million into the operation. It’s...

Smart metering specialist Aprose acquires Bridgend-based technology firm

KWR Technologies, a high-growth software company based in Bridgend, has been acquired by smart metering specialist Aprose Solutions. Having made an equity investment in the firm five years ago, the Development Bank of Wales has successfully sold its shares to Aprose Solutions – a company owned by ESG. Founded in 2010, KWR is a software...

Swansea researchers develop wearable to detect stress in guide dogs

Researchers at Swansea University are helping to develop a range of bespoke collar sensors that can detect stress in guide dogs. They’re working with scientists based in Ireland as part of the €12 million, four-year Celtic Advanced Life Science Innovation Network (CALIN) project.  It’s aimed at boosting innovation, jobs and growth in both countries. Dr Sofia...

NHS Wales to roll out mental health platform

Global medtech company SilverCloud Health has been awarded with a contract from the Powys Teaching Health Board to build an online cognitive therapies platform. The project is being funded by the Welsh Government’s Efficiency Through Technology Fund, and it’s hoped that other health boards across Wales will take similar steps. Used by 60 per cent...

Tech start-ups raise £1 million of investment

Three technology companies based at the Welsh Innovation Centre for Enterprise in Caerphilly have collectively raised more than £1 million over the past few months. Signum Health, ProfitSourcery and NearMeNow have been supported through the ICE Space Programme, which provides full-time desk space, mentorship and access to potential investors. The start-ups come from a range...

USW announces cyber training bursaries

The University of South Wales is offering bursaries to graduates who want to retrain as cybersecurity specialists. It’s the only Welsh university to run a GCHQ computer forensics master’s degree, and graduates of all disciplines are being encouraged to apply for the course. This news comes as the UK Government recently launched the National Cyber Security...

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