London mayor Boris Johnson has claimed that the city's technology entrepreneurs will play a key role in helping lead the UK out of its current economic woes.
Speaking at the Inno Tech Summit in London, Johnson claimed, "we [London] are city full of resourceful entrepreneurs [...] it's that type of entrepreneurship that will help London lead this country out of recession".
"All the predictions are that this [techology] sector will continue to grow."
Johnson highlighted the creator of the Summly app as an example of the technological innovation that exists within London.
"I'm delighted to say that in the last two months a man named Nick D'Aloisio got $250,000 funding for an app called Summly [...] D'Aloisio is my new hero."
From Wimbledon, 16-year-old D'Aloisio drew public interest after he managed to gain funding for his app, which summarises and simplifies the content of web pages and search results, from a Hong Kong-based billionaire.
"I would like to say how proud I am to have helped that kind of inventive entrepreneurship," said Johnson of Summly.
Johnson's comments follow on from his claim that London's technology industry is growing organically, thanks to the increasing 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," he said.
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