The Lincolnshire Technology Hubs, set up as part of the County Council’s onlincolnshire project, have won another national accolade.
Following their success at the Next Generation Digital Challenge Awards 2014 in November, the hubs have received a High Impact Award from Global Entrepreneurship Week 2014 (GEW 2014) in recognition of their contribution to this year’s campaign.
As part of GEW 2014 (17th to 23rd November), the hubs in Mablethorpe, Horncastle, Boston Louth and Lincoln hosted a series of networking and demonstration events.
Businesses were encouraged to ‘get connected with technology’, which was the theme of this year’s GEW campaign, by attending two demonstrations and networking events at the Lincoln and Horncastle hubs.
The Mablethorpe Technology Hub also celebrated its official opening at the Mablethorpe Business Centre and held a Dragons’ Den style competition, in conjunction with Monks’ Dyke Technology College.
As part of the challenge, students from the college’s Louth and Mablethorpe campuses had to come up with an idea for a new product which they could make using the equipment at the hub.
They then pitched their idea to a panel of dragons which included Andy Harsley who famously impressed the panel on the BBC’s Dragons’ Den with his ‘rapstrap’ technology.
The team which won the competition came up with the idea for an artists’ drawing board that can be used on a desk or on your knee.
All of the events were well attended and delegates were able to learn more about the equipment on offer at the hubs and the free support which is available to eligible businesses thought the onlincolnshire programme.
This is the project’s first High Impact Award since becoming involved with GEW last year and Councillor Colin Davie, of Lincolnshire County Council, said he’s delighted to see the hubs working together so well.
“Winning another award is a fantastic achievement and shows what good work the Lincolnshire Technology Hubs do to support entrepreneurship in Lincolnshire,” said Councillor Davie.
“The hubs were set up to support fledgling business as well as established SMEs to grow through technology, which is why we were keen to support Global Entrepreneurship Week. To be recognised in this way for the all the effort and hard work the hubs have put in is brilliant.”
The hubs, which are home to a range of digital technology including 3D printers, laser cutters, scanners, Go Pro cameras and Oculus Rift virtual reality glasses, are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
For more information please visit http://www.onlincolnshire.org and to find out about Global Entrepreneurship Week, please visit http://www.gew.org.uk.