Growing Derry’sDigital Economy9th May 2013University of Ulster
2013-15 Digital Economy Strategy• Journey Pre 2013• Key Strategic Themes in 2013-15 Strategy– Sector Stimulation and Animation– Enterprise Development– Investment (Public and Private)– Skills and Employment– Digital Capital• Targets and Outputs
Journey Pre 2013• Ernact Network (Established 21 years)• Digital Derry 1.0• BT investment in telecoms infrastructure• Hibernia Exchange Centre at Fort George• North West Regional Science Park• Creative Hub at Ebrington• Knowledge Partner Activity (UU and NWRC)• Small business base / cluster
Key Strategic Themes• Key Strategic Themes in 2013-15 Strategy– Sector Stimulation and Animation– Enterprise Development– Investment (Public and Private)– Skills and Employment– Digital Capital
Sector Stimulation and Animation• Will focus on continued promotion, animationand stimulation of the digital economy– Marketing and Promotion Infrastructure– Showcasing and Animation Events– Digital and Innovation Conferences– Digital and Creative Innovation Awards– Benchmarking with 100+ digital entrepreneurs– Virtual Digital Derry Business Centre– Digital Action Team, Chair/President and Ambassadors– Digital Derry Membership Model
Enterprise Development• Enterprise Development activities for digitalcreative entrepreneurs are under the 4 themes– Pre Start– Start Up– Growth– International• Support will also be given to traditionalbusinesses to accelerate them along thedigitisation continuum
Investment (Public and Private)• Digital Investors Forum• Private Sector Investment (SeedComp, Halo,Angels, Equity, Banks, Enterprise NI Loan)• Public Sector Funding (Invest NI, NISPO Funds,Intertrade Ireland, DSD, DCAL)• Supporting Inward Investment Activities(regional model with INI)• Locate in Derry Proposition
Skills and Employment• Digital Career Animation in schools• Into Employment Programmes (Digital KickStart, DEL, DSD Projects)• Smart Enterprise (digital skills for non digitalbusinesses) (NWRC, UU, LogOnNI)• Further and Higher Education interventions• Entrepreneurship activities with educationproviders
Digital Capital• Digital Derry– Brand– Membership– Governance• Connectivity• Digital Space• Digital Test Bed• Public Sector Digitisation Programmes
Targets and Outputs• New start ups – 50• New Jobs – 100• Additional Turnover - £4.7million• Number of business events / interactions– 400+• New Clients for Invest NI – 15+
Thank YouMarc McGertyDerry City Councilmarc.firstname.lastname@example.org
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