IT’S a hub that’s proved a hit with a former star of BBC TV’s The Apprentice, and a small firm that has forged links with New York’s World Trade Centre.
The Leeds Digital Hub is now on the hunt for the next generation of budding tycoons who deserve a place among the brightest and the best small firms in our region.
If you feel your company is heading for the top, then you could get the opportunity to pitch your business proposition to a panel of experts who have been brought together by The Yorkshire Post and Leeds Beckett University.
Those applicants who really shine will get a chance to join the hub, which offers flexible workspace for digital and creative businesses, as well as professional support and mentoring in Leeds.
Fran Parkinson, the operations manager at the Enterprise and Innovation Hub at Leeds Beckett University, said: “The Leeds Digital Hub was established 18 months ago, as a partnership initiative between The Yorkshire post and the Enterprise and Innovation Hub at Leeds Beckett University.
“The tech co-working environment was designed to attract digital and tech companies with ambitions to quickly grow. The hub offers modern office space which inspires creative thinking and a place where digital and tech businesses can exchange ideas and work collaboratively together.”
The digital hub has supported 22 businesses and entrepreneurs to date, including Leon Doyle, a former star of BBC TV’s The Apprentice, and digital advertising company Top Screen Media which recently secured a contract to deliver the digital marketing strategy for New York’s World Trade Centre.
Ms Parkinson added: “We would like to see more ambitious fast growing digital innovators and tech companies - maybe the next Google - applying to join the digital hub co-working space.
“In keeping with the digital theme we are encouraging video and online applications by Monday January 25 2016.
“Successful applicants will be invited to pitch their business to a panel of business experts and The Yorkshire Post on February 4 2016.”
The previous application processes have helped to identify a number of rising stars. A panel event held at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds in the summer of 2014 attracted support from a number of leading business figures, including Ajaz Ahmed, the co-founder of Freeserve. It’s hoped the next cohort will emulate the success of the current batch of hub members.
Ms Parkinson added: “Some of the digital hub clients have formed a steering group, which will meet regularly to work collaboratively with Leeds Beckett University and The Yorkshire Post to contribute ideas for the hub’s future development. I am particularly keen to see the hub itself becoming as innovative as the digital innovators who are based there.”
If you want to rise to the challenge of joining the hub, here’s the application form: http://eia.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/services/digital-hub/.