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Our latest partnership under the Innovation Catalyst banner will turbo-charge Reading's tech ecosystem.

Innovation Catalyst will be home to Eagle Lab Flight - our dedicated accelerator programme as well as offer co-working, incubation, mentoring and introductions to major firms to help Thames Valley businesses start-up and scale quickly.

Based at Thames Valley Science Park’s Shinfield site in Reading, Innovation Catalyst aims to boost the Thames Valley tech sector in one of Europe’s largest tech clusters.

Innovation Catalyst provides a 60-seat co-working space incubator, and will also be home to the Eagle Lab Flight accelerator programme, which is a 16-week accelerator programme delivered by VitalSix, to offer tech start-ups and in health and well-being, transport and logistics, environment and data applications intensive support. The accelerator programme focuses on creative thinking, participation and cross-collaborative working. Eagle Lab Flight will also provide participating  businesses access to expert mentoring and introductions to major firms and events.  By the end of the programme the participants will aim to have a clearly defined, innovative and marketable service or proposition, with the potential to scale-up to help give the region’s tech community a crucial boost.

David Gillham, Executive Director of Thames Valley Science Park who spoke at the launch event said: "The Thames Valley is renowned internationally as a centre for innovation and knowledge-based companies. As a partner in Innovation Catalyst, Thames Valley Science Park shares the vision to create a much needed anchor for innovation; it is the physical centre of a virtual community to bring closer together businesses, the University of Reading, investors, expertise and more. At Thames Valley Science Park we take a supportive, flexible approach - specialist facilities and the dynamic mix of companies already here make this an exciting place for ambitious companies to grow."

Gary Chugg, Barclays Head of SME, Thames Valley said: “Tech is an area where the UK has every reason to become a world leader. The Thames Valley is home to some of the leading tech firms in the world and we want to help build on the success of this sector, and play a leading role in transforming innovative firms in the future.”

Barclays has a network of Eagle Labs across the UK and Reading is the 15th to be launched, following success working with similar partnerships at locations including Brighton, Cardiff and Edinburgh.

Susan Elliott, Managing Director of VitalSix Ltd said: "VitalSix is delighted to be part of the exciting Innovation Catalyst partnership to drive innovation in the Thames Valley. Combining great business ideas with the right expertise, funding and talent enables scale up businesses to go further, faster. The addition of a dynamic new work space at Thames Valley Science Park allows entrepreneurs and early stage businesses to learn, develop and network together and with the wider community of mid-sized companies, corporate, and research organisations."

Do come and visit us at Innovation Catalyst in Reading soon.

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