What are the opportunities and challenges for digital tech founders in Liverpool?

Kane Fulton, May 10, 2019 3 min read

What does Liverpool have to offer ambitious digital tech entrepreneurs? We asked the following stakeholders and business leaders to find out. For granular data on Liverpool’s digital tech ecosystem – including its companies (and founders), accelerators, and workspaces – see Data Commons.

Andy Kent, CEO, Angel Solutions, says:

Liverpool is a hive of creativity. It’s full to the brim of passionate people, who both love their city and produce amazing work – which naturally transpires to a supportive community with a huge ‘can-do’ attitude. You can see that demonstrated in the city’s recent success stories – the Baltic Triangle and Paddington Village to name a few, along with home-grown businesses who are trading internationally.

As is the case with most cities, continuing to bridge the gap between public and private sector remains a challenge. We’re really great at investing in buildings, but what we need now is a shift in focus towards people and building communities. Ultimately, it’s vital that we equip entrepreneurs and leaders with the skills, training and resources they need – both now, and in the future.

It’s also important that we look at existing projects that are successful at grassroots level, and help them to scale, rather than always looking to create something new. We need to continue to celebrate and champion the fabulous opportunities that exist here in Liverpool, outside of the city. If we can look to pool our resources and reduce any silo mentality, it will enable the city to scale as one, as it certainly has no issues with thinking or dreaming big.

Tom McGillycuddy, cofounder, Tickr, says:

Tickr is an impact investment app built for the next generation of investors. Liverpool has an established financial services industry and a growing tech community which is the perfect combination for us. Being based in the Baltic Triangle puts us in the heart of the city’s digital and tech community. Liverpool is a thriving city and a great place to live and work. We are proud to be a northern fintech business and to continue the city’s long tradition of being a leader in the investment management industry.

Tickr has thousands of users across the UK and is seeing strong growth in all areas of the UK. We plan to expand internationally in 2020 and have already started exploring opportunities to partner with international banks in the Nordics and the EU.

Chelsea Slater, cofounder, InnovateHer, says:

InnovateHer’s vision is to get girls ready for the tech industry, and the industry ready for girls. We equip girls aged 12-16 with the self-belief, confidence and skills to pursue a career in technology through our educational programme, while working with digital and tech companies to create inclusive workplaces for them to work within.

Liverpool is home to a multicultural, diverse community who are passionate, collaborative and supportive of everything we’ve done since we started Liverpool Girl Geeks six years ago. The Baltic Creative is thriving with digital and tech companies who we call friends; we couldn’t have started anywhere else.

InnovateHer has big ambitions to scale internationally over the next couple of years alongside partners such as Sony, Shop Direct, LFC and more. Starting with Manchester and London, we’re introducing our schools programmes and company consultancy services to those wanting to start their tech education and diversity journey.

Anthony Young, cofounder, IQBlade, says:

IQBlade is a market intelligence platform for the technology channel. It allows vendors, distributors and resellers of all sizes to identify prospects or other partners of interest based on specific criteria. By collecting and analysing data from hundreds of different sources, the platform identifies highly relevant companies in a way that others cannot.

Liverpool City Region is rapidly evolving, especially in the tech space. It is a vibrant city with a wealth of creative talent available. It is also a good commute, office space is reasonably priced and local businesses collaborate rather than compete. Today, IQBlade mainly services the UK tech sector. However, the platform has been developed with global expansion in mind, so we are now looking for the right opportunity to expand our reach overseas.

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