Charity offers technology startups a helping hand


by Duncan MacRae| 17 January 2014

Bursaries will promote new tech companies to the people who matter.

Jisc, a charity that supports the use of digital technologies in UK education and research, has announced it will offer five technology startup companies the opportunity to showcase their innovative products and services at its inaugural Digital Festival.

The Jisc Digital Festival is a two day event that will take place at the ICC Birmingham on March 11-12, 2014, designed to showcase and celebrate the best in digital technologies and explore the future trends that will impact education and research.

In launching this bursary, Jisc is offering start-up companies free exhibition space at the event, a two day exhibitor pass for two people, as well as a demonstration slot to highlight what their company offers. To be considered for the bursary, applying companies have to be UK-based startups, have less than ten employees, and offer a technology product or service that is innovative, primarily targeting UK higher education, further education and/or skill sectors.

The Jisc Digital Festival will bring together delegates that represent HE and FE including, senior managers, academics, library professionals, policy makers, learning technologists and others.

Andrew McGregor, deputy chief innovation officer at Jisc, said: "One of the most exciting things about the Jisc Digital Festival is the sheer diversity of people who will attend; people from a variety of higher and further education institutions and commercial organisations with many different roles and titles.

"This makes this bursary a fantastic opportunity for educational technology start-ups to meet potential customers and network with experts in digital technology. Jisc's role is to use digital technology to improve education and research so the chance to meet and support people who have established companies that are seeking to use technology in new, exciting ways is always an intriguing prospect."

The deadline to apply for the Jisc Start-Up Bursary is January 31, 2014. For details on eligibility visit:

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