Community and collaboration
Community and collaboration are two elements that make entrepreneurship what it is and drive enterprising teams to come up with ideas that wow and shine. They’re at the very heart of Wales’s technology industry and make it so diverse. There are a range of communities and collaborative projects that aim to take both to the next level, right across the country. Here are a few of them.
Cardiff, Wales’s capital, is one of the country’s leading cities for start-ups and emerging technology. Cardiff Start, which was founded by entrepreneur Neil Cocker, aims to support it and help it flourish. The project is an online resource that provides in-depth information about Cardiff’s technology industry and provides a way for those working in and around Cardiff to network with each other.
Similar to Cardiff Start, Swansea Start is an online resource and aims to support the technology industry in Swansea. Primarily, it centres its resources on start-ups and works closely with the founders of TechHub Swansea to push it out into the community. It holds regular events and meetings within Swansea and has professionals such as marketers and designers involved.
A slightly different collaborative offering is IndyCube. It focuses on the people within a business but also has flexibility at its core. Basically, you pay a £10 daily fee and turn up at whatever time you feel is appropriate, putting you in control. And it’s now in several locations throughout Wales – including the capital, Cardiff, and the second biggest city, Swansea.
Based in Caerphilly, just outside of Cardiff, Welsh ICE provides a friendly and enterprising workspace for innovative projects and start-ups. Resident clients are also able to benefit from mentorship from the likes of Acuity Legal and prolific technology entrepreneur and industry supporter Neil Cocker. Membership starts at £250 a month.
TechHub is a UK-wide collaborative space scheme for start-up businesses. Having been in Wales since early 2014, it’s seen success ranging from direct support from the Welsh Government and investment from the DVLA. The space itself is fresh and modern and houses a number of successful start-ups and entrepreneurs. Flexi membership starts at £400 a year.
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