Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, Greg Clark has officially opened Sensor City, which is open to start-ups, entrepreneurs and businesses who want to access equipment to help them take the leap from idea to prototype.
Sensor City includes a software design suite, mechanical laboratory, optical laboratory and electronics laboratory, and offers coaching, business mentoring and access to funding.
It is based in the centre of the city at the gateway to KQ Liverpool and is already home to businesses such as health innovator, Chanua Health, Fatigue Management International (FMI), Aqua Running and UPLEC Industries.
The project has been backed by the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), which provided a £5m University Enterprise Zone status capital investment award. It is also being supported by the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University.
Business and Energy Secretary Greg Clark said: “Sensor City is a brilliant example of our Industrial Strategy in action, a hub that will bring together the best academic minds and entrepreneurs with businesses, large and small, to explore opportunities and foster collaborations that will turn innovative ideas into scale-up businesses. I am delighted we have been able to support its creation with £5m of funding.
“Our modern Industrial Strategy has an ambitious long-term vision for the UK. We are committed to building on our strengths as a country and delivering a high-skilled economy for the years ahead. Sensor City will help us deliver on this ambition and make a valuable contribution to this work, driving forward innovation.”
Professor Nigel Weatherill DL, vice-chancellor of Liverpool John Moores University and chairman of the Sensor City Board, said: "This is a landmark day for the city of Liverpool. Sensor City embodies a truly pioneering partnership that will enable Liverpool to be a leading British city in addressing modern industrial challenges through sensor technology. It is testament to the significance of Sensor City that Greg Clark, Secretary of State for Business and Energy, is launching the facility and he will see first-hand how sensor products developed here in Liverpool, are already breaking boundaries in healthcare, sports and gaming innovation."
Alison Mitchell, executive director of Sensor City, says: “Since we moved into this iconic facility earlier this year, we’ve made great strides towards building a community of tech companies that are pushing the boundaries of IoT and sensor innovation.
“Our partnerships – both with academia and big business - are opening up access to world-leading knowledge, support and services. Together, we’re creating the skills base for emerging technologies in the North West, boosting jobs for the future and supporting our local community.”
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