Barclays Eagle Lab in partnership with Legal & General has officially opened a new 6,500ft2, incubator facility. Located at Brunel House, the Cardiff Eagle Lab will give the South Wales start-up and scale-up communities a crucial boost.
Cardiff is one of 14 Eagle Labs Barclays has opened, after success in locations such as Salford, London and Edinburgh.
The space at Brunel House, will be specifically designed around the needs of local entrepreneurs, businesses and communities and tailored to suit Wales’ strength in high tech digital and IoT (Internet of Things) innovation. Technical partner RS Components will be providing a range of equipment and development platforms such as a LoRaWAN and Sigfox base station to support IoT product testing and access to digital fabrication tools such as rapid prototyping facilities including 3D printers and laser cutting equipment and educational workshops along with access to their DesignSpark community.
Richard Curtin, VP of Strategic Alliances at RS, said: “We are hugely excited to have formed a partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs. RS wants to inspire the next generation of engineers and encourage inventors and makers to create great things using the latest technology. The collaboration with the Eagle Lab in Cardiff means we can support communities directly with both RS products and DesignSpark content and tools. We also want to help people realise their inventions quickly through the RS Local innovation centres and being part of this initiative means we are perfectly placed to do that.”
The Labs are supported by a dedicated Eco-System Manager, Lab Technician and a Barclays Business Manager on site to provide help and advice to local companies and entrepreneurs from across South Wales. The Eagle Lab will also act as the Cardiff base for Barclays’ Digital Eagles community activity.