The rapidly evolving Covid-19 emergency is creating a dramatic shift in how we lead our lives, making reliance on tech for all industries more important than ever. With its extensive network of digital expertise, the Teesside University-led DigitalCity initiative is doing all it can to help.
Whether it is working with traditional businesses looking to move to an online offering or helping digital businesses find solutions to unprecedented challenges, the DigitalCity team is determined to address the worries caused by this crisis and is reaching out to companies at all stages of growth.
Support includes virtual one-to-ones with founders and referrals to other sources of help, with webinars, mentoring and masterclasses due to start in the coming weeks.
Every effort is also being made to continue delivery of existing programmes remotely.
The Accelerator programme has moved online with workshops now taking place in a virtual classroom environment. The first session last week saw participants discussing the impact that the current pandemic is having on their early-stage tech businesses, and how they can use this as an opportunity to do more for their customers.
Similar delivery methods are also being put into place for the SCALE programme set to take place this April.
Director Lynsey Robinson said: ‘Despite the fact that we’re self-isolating or distancing ourselves physically from one another, digital is allowing us to connect for all aspects of our every-day life.
‘We are collectively coming together to support each other and want businesses to know that we’re here to listen and help them through this. If you are a local business that needs advice, guidance or just a friendly chat, please just get in touch.’
The project has received up to £1,217,733 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding