SOME of the biggest names in Greater Manchester’s investment and technology sectors are revealed today as joining the Advisory Board of Manchester Tech Trust (MTT).
The experienced high-level entrepreneurs are pledging advice and mentoring time for MTT, a not for profit organisation set up a year ago. All the roles are unpaid.
Backing the vision of MTT founder and chairman Neil McArthur to link up investors and early stage tech businesses, figures from the investment and business community joining the advisory board include Philip Hodari, chairman of Electric Systems and computer business and serial entrepreneur Stuart Marks, chairman of corporate accelerator expert, L Marks.
The advisory board includes Manchester-based business leaders Howard Simms, CEO of leading mobile software development company Apadmi Ventures, and Susan Woodward founder of The Sharp and Space Projects, and from the education sector, Luke Georghiou, Vice-President for Research and Innovation at the University of Manchester, and former prime ministerial adviser Mike Emmerich of Metro Dynamics consultancy.
The trust is also delighted to have attracted high level support and sponsorship from KPMG in the accountancy services sector and Addleshaw Goddard in legal services which are represented on the advisory board by Graham Pearce, TMT Director and Andrew Green, Partner, respectively.
Mr McArthur, a co-founder of Talk Talk, the telecoms business demerged from Carphone Warehouse Group in 2010, says: “The high calibre of senior leaders in the city joining the Manchester Tech Trust Advisory Board shows that the trust has the backing of experienced people with real clout who are pledging their commitment to build the capacity of the organisation, and support the growth of the tech sector.
“The Manchester tech sector is thriving and but still has yet to reach its true potential. Through our Manchester Tech Trust website and events, in 2016 we established ourselves as a super connector, the ‘go to’ organisation in the city to bring people, support and finance together to make things happen quickly and effectively. Our new advisory board wants to help us build on that progress, to make a real difference to growth with targeted and timely support precisely where it is needed.”
MTT CEO Peter Lusty says: “Following the success of the first year of MTT, and with the advisory board in place, we are now developing a full register of experienced supporters willing to provide mentoring advice and guidance to the city’s next generation of tech entrepreneurs.
“Since our launch, we have held events which have been attended by more than 100 companies and entrepreneurs, and have participated in many more as speakers and panel members with our community partners. In addition, we have held dozens of one-to-one advice sessions with start-ups and scale-up businesses – an activity which is ongoing – and have an exciting programme of events lined up for 2017.”
Sir Richard Leese, Leader of Manchester City Council, said: “Manchester City Council welcomes the growing evolution of Manchester Tech Trust, seen in the appointment of the new advisory board members.
“We look forward to the further contribution the Trust and the advisory board members will make to the city region’s dynamic and growing technology sector by linking private investors with start-up and scale up companies.
“This trust shows how in Manchester the private sector works closely in partnership with the public sector, and that our business leaders’ commitment to give something back is part of a long and proud tradition in the city.”