Tech City is the name given to the thriving economy of tech start-ups and digital entrepreneurs in east London. This flourishing capital of the tech industry has grown at a phenomenal rate, with 32,000 businesses created in a single Old Street postcode – EC1V, in the two years up to March 2014.
This concentration of digital business within our community contributes to a sector generating an estimated ￡100 billion to the UK economy and employing around 200,000 people in London alone.
Queen Mary works with this local digital community through a number of projects, services and initiatives that allow for knowledge exchange to support businesses, develop student employability, and create meaningful impact from our research and teaching.
qLegal provides free legal advice, workshops and resources to tech start-up companies and entrepreneurs at Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre on a range of complex legal issues including Intellectual Property matters relating to patents, copyright and trademarks; agreements such as non-disclosure agreements and employment contracts; types of business structure and business incorporation, and regulatory advice on the laws that may affect you and your business.
Our QInterns scheme supports businesses through the rich stream of talent within our student body. These internships supply creative ideas and labour for businesses, while providing relevant work experience for the interns.
QConsult provides organisations with a team of four Queen Mary students to conduct a consultancy project to meet business needs. It adds value to employers whilst also helping students to develop skills and work experience which build their employability. For more information on using the service you can contact Sonia Chumber, School of Business and Management Internships coordinator
qNomics offers start-ups and entrepreneurs coaching in a range of areas including market strategy, business planning, accounting, funding, and regulatory compliance. The clinics are delivered by students from School of Economics and Finance, Queen Mary University of London, supported by professional advisers.
We are an education partner in Creativeworks London (CWL), a ￡4m Arts and Humanities Research Council funded collaboration of over 30 organisations (universities, creative industries, museums, libraries and other cultural institutions) involved in the creative industries in London. This is one of four ‘Knowledge Exchange Hubs for the Creative Economy’ in the UK.
The Innovation fund aims to facilitate the acceleration of research along the pathway to impact or knowledge exchange and has supplied funds to establish academic engagement projects with Tech City businesses and other local companies.