Entrepreneurs to pitch for place at Leeds Digital Hub

POTENTIAL TENANTS for the new Leeds Digital Hub will pitch their businesses before a Dragons’ Den-style selection panel next week.

A digital co-worker

The Yorkshire Post is partnering with Leeds Metropolitan University to launch a new scheme to help new digital companies achieve their growth potential.

The Digital Hub will provide flexible city centre office space, mentoring and training services and the opportunity to work with like-minded people in a collaborative environment.

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Hub businesses can also benefit from regular exposure in these widely-read business pages. Organisers are looking for early stage, start-up and established companies to join the programme.

​Steve Baker, a successful software entrepreneur who now works with QU2, the university’s business support service, will provide expert mentoring.

Law firm DWF and accountancy practice WGN will provide professional services and The Yorkshire Post will provide media training.

The panel will include Neil Warnock, a seasoned entrepreneur who has built three IT start-ups into multi-million pound businesses, Ajaz Ahmed, the founder of pioneering UK internet service provider Freeserve, Katie Rigarlsford, head of Enterprise Academy at Leeds Met, Bernard Ginns, Business Editor of The Yorkshire Post.

Leeds City Council has voiced its support for the programme.

Tom Riordan, chief executive, told The Yorkshire Post: “This is an excellent initiative. It builds on the strong foundation of creative and digital businesses that have been the hallmark of the Leeds economy over the years since the days of Freeserve.

“There is a growing momentum in the Leeds economy and some of our most talented entrepreneurs are capitalising on the opportunities in the growing digital sector.

“The flexible space and supportive networks of the hub will be a valuable addition to the city.”

For more details, please visit www.qu2leeds.co.uk/leeds-digital-hub.htm

A spokeswoman for the programme said: “Initial Digital Hub occupants have now been shortlisted and there are only a handful of places still remaining.

“Demand is high and so to ensure your place please send in your application before June 23.”