The Universities of Lancaster and Manchester are working with a consortium of cybersecurity experts to create a new Center for Digital Innovation Security (DiSH) in the northwest.
Based at GCHQ headquarters in Manchester, Heron Houseand aimed at stimulating invention and growth in the digital and cybersecurity sectors, the project is projected to create more than 1,000 jobs and support 500 new startups when it opens in the summer.
BarclaysEagle Labs and Plexal are other partners appointed by Manchester City Council to create DiSH.
“For the University of Lancaster, this is the next step in our key role in working with key regional stakeholders to support the development of the Northwest Cyber Corridor and the creation of a thriving regional ecosystem of cyber research and innovation,” said the University of Lancaster expert. Vice-Rector (Research and Enterprise), Professor Louise Heathwaite.
“As the only university in the region to be three times accredited by the National Cybersecurity Center, DiSH will enable Lancaster to interact more effectively across the corridor, from GCHQ headquarters in Manchester to Sumsbury, home of the National Cyber Forcesand through Lancaster and further north. “
In the relevant news: £ 1 million increase for Bristol University’s Center for Digital Innovation
The site will include coworking or private office space for businesses and entrepreneurs, offering access to networks, business growth programs and mentoring from industry experts.
It is planned that in the first five years more than 1,000 people will be assisted in developing skills with a focus on low-income local communities to promote social mobility through innovation.
Businesses and entrepreneurs happen invited to register their interests in a special Digital Security Accelerator program that offers specialized mentoring and professional training from expansion experts in the sector.
“Manchester is the fastest growing technology city in Europe and is establishing itself as a center of excellence in digital and cybersecurity,” said Manchester City Council Chief Bev Craig.
“The Center for Digital Innovation Security should help deploy this and create a wide range of new opportunities in the sector for residents of Manchester and Greater Manchester.”