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Tramshed Tech launch new programmes to drive tech advancements in Wales 

Tramshed Tech has announced they are working with a number of key industry partners to deliver groundbreaking programmes as part of the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme (EPP), funded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology.   

Tramshed Tech will manage and deliver two programmes specialising in GreenTech and CreativeTech which will run between October 2023 and March 2024. Both programmes centre around innovation and business growth – key areas identified as crucial to the success of the digital economy as per the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology’s report on Regional Digital Ecosystems.    

In addition, these programmes align with the Welsh Government’s Innovation Strategy and recent report which outlines the mission of moving Wales to a low carbon, innovation-led economy - Wales innovates: creating a stronger, fairer, greener Wales. The programmes will teach green skills supporting quality jobs and innovation with a focus on commercialisation and international partnerships as well as renewable energy and the creative sector.   

Louise Harris, Co-Founder and CEO of Tramshed Tech, said: “We are delighted to take our partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs to the next level by working together to deliver programmes that further develop the tech and Digital Ecosystem in Wales. Over the past few years, we have seen a surge in the growth of the green tech and creative sectors here in Wales, and we’re confident that our new programmes of support will help advance these industries across the nation.”       

Delivery partner for both these programmes is M-SParc – the North Wales-based tech hub, with whom Tramshed Tech already has a formal partnership.    

Pryderi ap Rhisiart, Managing Director at M-SParc said: “As a North Wales Tech Hub, taking a pan-Wales approach in supporting Welsh startups and scaleups is key, so this is the first step in extending our eco-system. We’re thrilled to be working with Tramshed Tech to join the dots of innovation across Wales, delivering two exciting programmes as part of the Barclays Ecosystem Partnership Programme here”.      

Matt Corbidge, Director, Barclays Eagle Labs said: “We are delighted to be able to support the Tramshed Tech in their delivery of these two programmes across Wales. They have a track record of delivering support to Welsh startups and fostering innovation in the tech sector, which aligns with the objectives of Barclays Eagle Labs.  

“These programmes will help advance startups and scaleups in green tech and the creative sectors and support a digital future for businesses by looking at making things like the Metaverse more accessible. The projects are an exciting way to drive growth to local economies in both North and South Wales, and to ensure Welsh businesses are adapting to digital changes and future opportunities in both technology and sustainability sectors.”  

Minister for Tech and the Digital Economy, Paul Scully said: “The Welsh climate-focused tech scene is immensely well placed to combat global challenges and  drive innovation forward.   

“The Digital Growth Grant will enable Tramshed Tech’s Greentech Accelerator Programme to equip these entrepreneurs with vital training, networking, and funding, setting the stage for a sustainable and innovative future.”   

The EPP Project for Wales will consist of two programmes:   

1. The Greentech Accelerator, a 12-weekprogramme that aims to supercharge the growth and impact ofenvironmentally-focused businesses that have the potential to contribute to a more sustainable future pan-Wales. This programme will provide selected businesses with training, expert advice, network support, with access to funding, covering key aspects of developing GreenTech solutions, from delivery partners MSparc and supporting partners, including DST Innovations and Gower College Swansea.     

Businesses interested in learning more and applying for the Greentech Accelerator can do so here.        

2. The Convergent Content Programme connects tech and creative industries, to explore new ways of creating content, connecting with new audiences and expanding content distribution. Through a range of workshops and events, this programme is committed to diversity and inclusion, making the metaverse accessible to more people and fostering collaboration.       

Businesses interested in learning more and applying for the Convergent Content Programme can do so here.    

Delivery partners for this programme are M-SParc  and the Centre for the Creative Economy at Cardiff University – a leading Centre creating sustainable and equitable growth in the creative economy through innovation, research and engagement. The Centre’s three flagship programmes of activity are Creative CardiffClwstwr and Media Cymru. 

Supporting partners include Delsion, Cardiff & Vale College and Queens University Belfast.