Cisco To Open New Innovation Centre in Manchester

Manchester is going to be home to a new innovation centre from Cisco, which focuses on developments concerning the internet of things, smart cities, creative digital technologies and healthcare. It is being built in order to offer companies a tailored program which is aimed at growing and developing their products/services/technologies once they have completed their accelerator phase.

The centre is the child of a collaboration between the Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP) which is comprised of the cities two main universities, councils and the private company Bruntwood Ltd. As a result of this partnership, it has been christened as the Mi-IDEA (Manchester Inspired-Innovation Digital Enterprise Alliance).

The centre will be operating as the second site for a similar Cisco centre based in London. Phil Smith, chief executive at Cisco UK and Ireland, had the following to say regarding the Manchester centre:

“Manchester has innovation in its DNA. Our investment in the city builds on our ongoing commitment to support new digital businesses and high-tech entrepreneurs across the UK,” he said.

“Mi-IDEA will be uniquely positioned to tap into local, national and international innovation ecosystems. It will benefit from MSP’s existing partnerships across the region and be a key part of the NVI.”

It is refreshing to see new centres for innovation beginning to pop up outside the technological hub which is the capital city of London, and hopefully this is the beginning of a trend which will see innovation expand outward from London and attract talent to other parts of the UK.

June 13, 2016