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The Seam, Barnsley's Digital Campus, will play the leading role in the upcoming South Yorkshire Tech Summit in Barnsley.

Building on the successful Economic Summit in March, the South Yorkshire Tech Summit will bring together industry expertise, business leaders and senior decision makers from across South Yorkshire and beyond to hear from a range of thought leaders and experts about the importance of a vibrant tech and digital economy in the region.

This half day summit will focus on discussing the actions needed to ensure the right support, talent, finance, spaces and culture are all in place to help entrepreneurs and innovators from all backgrounds to achieve success. Internationally renowned keynotes will share their experiences and insights alongside expert panels and pitches from some of the region’s hottest tech startups.

The Summit will include the launch the new Tech Welcome Grants, funded by SYMCA, which will add to the region's appeal to exciting tech startups from across the UK and beyond.

The Summit offers the chance to connect with leaders from tech clusters and cities from across the UK and beyond showcasing how South Yorkshire already sits within a network of international relationships and knowledge.


12:00 - 1:00pm Registration, lunch and networking

1:00 - 1:15pm Official opening from Oliver Coppard, Mayor of South Yorkshire

1:15 - 1:45pm: Introduction to South Yorkshire Tech Summit from Tracey Johnson, Digital Economy Lead Barnsley

1.45 - 2:45pm Regional Ecosystems panel discussion

2:45 - 3:15pm Break

3:15 - 4:00pm Launch of new SYMCA initiative

4:00 - 4:45pm Celebrating TEAM SY success stories

4:45 - 5:15pm Key note: Gary Stewart: Lessons Learned from "Levelling Up" Entrepreneurship Across the UK and Across the World.

5:15 - 6:30pm Networking and drinks

Gary Stewart, MD of Techstars NYC

Gary Stewart is the managing director of Techstars NYC powered by J.P. Morgan. Earlier this year, Techstars and J.P. Morgan partnered to launch an $80m fund to support overlooked founders in 9 US cities. Gary is an exited, VC-backed serial entrepreneur who graduated magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa from Yale College before getting his law degree at Yale Law School, where he is now a visiting professor of entrepreneurship. Originally from Jamaica, Gary grew up in the Bronx but is now a British-American citizen. He is the former CEO of Wayra UK (an early-stage corporate fund and accelerator powered by Telefonica/O2), where he invested in a portfolio of 185 start-ups valued at $1.6bn when he left, and has twice been on the Power List of the 100 Most Influential Black People in the UK. He has worked with numerous partners to "democratise entrepreneurship" in the UK and launched tech hubs in 6 UK cities with partners including GCHQ, DCMS, Cabinet Office, the University of Edinburgh, the Haringey Council and Sol Campbell.

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