Four projects in the Leeds digital sector have been awarded £2.7m of funding from the Leeds Tech Hub Fund, provided from £3.7m of funding from the Department of Culture, Media and Sport and distributed by Leeds City Council.
The successful projects announced in the first round are:
● Bruntwood – creation of a new £2,000,000 Tech Hub, ‘Platform’, which will provide new and existing digital businesses with access to 410 desks in both co-working and small office environments, event spaces and meeting areas.
● East Street Arts – £550,000 to promote with partners Invisible Flock, Leeds as a unique global location for creative digital projects and businesses and linking tech to the city’s dynamic international artistic offer.
● ODI Leeds – £100,000 to increase their capacity to support start-ups, events and collaborative projects.
● GameMakers – £37,000 to support specialist game development hardware in order to assist computer game start-ups accelerate their growth.
Councillor James Lewis, Leeds City Council’s executive member for resources and strategy, said: “In allocating nearly £2.7m in total from our fund, this will be used to support the launch of these projects and many different aspects of the digital sector by providing more facilities and the right environment for new and existing businesses to build and prosper.”
A further £1m remains in the fund and will be used to support other bids received.