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

Kane Fulton, May 10, 2019 2 min read

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

Nicola Whiting (pictured), Chief Strategy Officer, Titania, says:

Titania is a software development company – we are world leaders in intelligent configuration analysis and cybersecurity auditing software. Worcester is our home town; it’s a vibrant thriving city, full of history and culture with fantastic lifestyle opportunities. It’s also centrally placed for engagement with multiple research Universities and is in the heart of “Cyber Valley”. (Cyber Valley is area recognised as one of the primary locations in the UK for the research, development, and commercialisation of cybersecurity products and services.)

Titania supports both local and national cybersecurity initiatives, but our clients are global, with over 90% of our business being overseas. Our clients are large enterprises and organisations that have to comply with strict industry or government regulations. Our largest market is America where clients include the Army; Navy; Air Force; and Marines; over 37 Federal Agencies; global Banks and critical national infrastructure bodies.

Linda Smith, CEO/founder, BetaDen, says:

Increased levels of investment and supporting more tech startups and scaleups will create wider devtech opportunities in Malvern and Worcester. The security tech sector has historically been the bedrock of ‘Cyber Valley’ and, as the pace of digital dependence increases, there is a need for wider emerging solutions in AI, IoT, Security By Design and Machine Learning across manufacturing, production technologies, social care and many diverse societal applications.

One lies in convincing skilled and graduate talent that Worcestershire really has increasing (and exciting) tech opportunities, new transport links, and state-of-the-art technology creation environments. Another is building and creating enough business premises designed for rapidly developing tech companies, which is being addressed in Worcestershire’s Vision for 2040.