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Silicon Round-Up – things you need to know about London’s Tech City this week – on the successful launch of Tech.london

So the .London domain wasn’t just a gimmick! Tech.london, a collaboration between the Mayor of London, Angel investment platform Gust, IBM and a diverse range of partners from the tech community, launched 3 months ago and has released data relating to its traffic since launch.

The site had 127,000 visitors from 864 cities across 123 countries during its first quarter; according to the site’s infographic, most people are looking for upcoming events with a slightly smaller number reading about London based start-ups. Visitors are also looking for Biz Dev, Design and Engineering jobs and reading mostly about the Business Products and Services and FinTech industries.

As well as searching for courses in Programming and Development and Entrepreneurship, visitors, who hail mostly from the UK with 18% coming from the US and India, Canada and Ireland making up the top five, searched for accelerators such as Mass Challenge and the Accelerator Academy and the most read article were profiles of parking start-up Appy Parking, Flat Club and software for staff management and scheduling start-up Sirenum.

The current government have thrown a lot of weight behind the Tech City project – let’s just hope our Mayor Boris Johnson doesn’t get too excited and take out his enthusiasm on innocent tech enthusiasts – like he did here with a young rugby fan.

Nonprofit Funding

There are plenty of resources on the Tech.london site for start-ups to take advantage of – up to £3,000 of free Superfast Broadband Vouchers, $120k of in cloud credits for eligible start-ups from IBM, and 1-1 mentoring from the Mayor’s export programme, helping to support UK based businesses that are looking to sell into overseas markets or participate in a UK tradeshow.

There are no shortage of opportunities for volunteers on the site either; Tech Up Nation is looking for assistance helping young Londoners find apprenticeship scheme, Invest.london helps overseas businesses set up in London providing expert advice and guidance, and Wired Score needs help trying to collect information about internet connectivity in the capital’s commercial buildings.

So all in all Tech.London is a site that is well worth perusing. Is it just us, or is Tech City’s infrastructure beginning to consolidate and crystallise – it’s becoming easier to navigate your way around, there are familiar faces (like Incubus, Seedcamp, Entrepreneur First) helping start-ups grow. The only drawback we can see is that new entrants in the field may find it harder to establish a foothold; but that’s consistent with the plan; start-ups are so last year, it’s all about scale-ups now!

 
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