With an impressive 180% growth in average turnover between 2010 and 2014, and over 80% of digital tech businesses trading overseas, Southampton is now a rapidly growing cluster. Its growing specialisms include Digital media & entertainment, Hardware & devices, and Data management.

One of the cluster’s key assets is the University of Southampton. Its Science Park provides workspace for digital tech and science businesses and hosts The Catalyst Centre, which offers additional support for entrepreneurs. The university is a founding member of the SETsquared Partnership, ranked by UBI Global as the leading University Business Incubator.

Part of a wider network within the UK, the organisation helps entrepreneurs, academics, and early stage startups grow into successful commercial businesses. Southampton Solent University also supports students starting their own businesses. Events and Meetups for members of the digital tech industry abound, ranging from monthly programming socials to Startup Weekend, while recently opened Venture Coworking provides space for early stage startups.

 

Southampton Regional infographic-01

Nick Allott

CEO & Co-founder

Founded 2010

Nquiringminds is an IoT company developing SmartCities technologies. In November 2015, we were shortlisted in the inaugural Innovate UK Small Business Innovation Awards for our Open City Data IoT Platform (OCDP) that we are currently working with Southampton City Council, Liverpool City Council and Cambridge County Council.

Our location has helped us on this path to success. The University of Southampton is among the top 15 research-led universities in the UK. Through its SETSquared centre, we’ve been introduced to partner companies and received mentoring. It helps with everything from grant applications to business review panels and provides vital support to the digital tech community here.

Explore Tech Nation 2016

  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bournemouth & Poole
  • Brighton
  • Bristol & Bath
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff & Swansea
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Exeter & Newton Abbot
  • Glasgow
  • Hull
  • Ipswich
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle & Durham
  • Norwich
  • Oxford
  • Reading & Bracknell
  • Sheffield & Rotherham
  • Southampton
  • Sunderland
  • Truro, Redruth & Camborne
  • Worcester & Malvern
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Bournemouth & Poole
  • Brighton
  • Bristol & Bath
  • Cambridge
  • Cardiff & Swansea
  • Dundee
  • Edinburgh
  • Exeter & Newton Abbot
  • Glasgow
  • Hull
  • Ipswich
  • Leeds
  • Leicester
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Manchester
  • Newcastle & Durham
  • Norwich
  • Oxford
  • Reading & Bracknell
  • Sheffield & Rotherham
  • Southampton
  • Sunderland
  • Truro, Redruth & Camborne
  • Worcester & Malvern