London mayor Boris Johnson says technology start-ups are growing organically in the city thanks to a new generation of tech-savvy youths that are helping to make the capital a key digital centre.
Speaking at the Inno Tech Summit, Johnson claimed London is, "the most important digital ecosystem outside the US", and claimed its growth was due to the number of opportunities open to young people in the capital.
"According to our figures there are 1,300 apprenticeships in high-tech businesses in London [and] 2012 figures will be even higher," claimed Johnson.
"I think these apprenticeships offer hope to young Londoners who may not be the best a traditional academia. They may not have many qualifications but they can use a BlackBerry."
London's mayor went on to highlight the city's slew of new partnerships with big name companies like Google to help start-ups as another key factor contributing factor to the city's growth.
"Google's just opened its new campus, seven floors of digital workspace and Skype is now recruiting 100 engineers in London," he said.
"This is going to expand massively over the next few years."
Located in London's Old Street, Google's seven story facility opened on 29 March with a visit from chancellor George Osborne.
It helps build on the Tech City initiative that was launched in 2010 and, according to stats from Google, it has already seen the number of technology firms in the area rise from 200 to 700.
Johnson's comment on London youth's use of BlackBerry may have also been a subtle reference to the role the device's Messenger services was said to have played in the riots that blighted the capital last summer.
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