The universities of Lancaster and Manchester are partnering with a consortium of cybersecurity specialists to create a new digital innovation security (DiSH) hub in the Northwest.
Based in GCHQ’s Manchester headquarters, House of the Heronand aiming to stimulate invention and growth in the digital and cybersecurity sectors, the project is expected to create more than 1,000 jobs and support 500 new start-ups when it opens in the summer.
BarclaysEagle Labs and Plexal are the other partners nominated by Manchester City Council to create DiSH.
“For Lancaster University, this represents the next step in our pivotal role in partnering with key regional stakeholders to support the development of the emerging Northwest cyber corridor and the creation of a thriving regional cyber research and innovation ecosystem.” said Lancaster University pro-deputy chancellor (research and enterprise), Professor Louise Heathwaite.
“As the only university in the region three times accredited by the National Cyber Security Center, DiSH will also enable Lancaster to engage more effectively across the entire corridor, from GCHQ headquarters in Manchester, through Samlesbury, the headquarters of the National Cyber Forceand through Lancaster and the far north.
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The site will include co-working spaces or private offices for companies and entrepreneurs, offering access to networks, business growth programs and mentoring by industry experts.
The plans call for over 1,000 people to be helped with skills development in the first five years, with a focus on disadvantaged local communities to promote social mobility through innovation.
Businesses and entrepreneurs are ongoing invited to express their interest in the Digital Security Accelerator Program, which offers specialized mentoring and professional coaching from industry scale-up experts.
“Manchester is the fastest growing tech city in Europe and is establishing itself as a center of excellence for digital and cyber security,” said Councilor Bev Craig, leader of Manchester City Council.
“The digital innovation security hub should help build on this and create a wide range of new industry opportunities for the people of Manchester and Greater Manchester.”
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