London's Tech City brand is working with tech clusters across the UK in a bid to create a national dialogue to solve the startup sector's most pressing issues.
Clusters in 13 locations including Cardiff, Bristol, Manchester, Sheffield and Cambridge are working alongside the government-backed Tech City Investment Organisation to create a more cooperative environment for the whole of the UK's tech startup scene.
Tech City's head of partnerships Tiffany MacRae told V3 that the cooperation was intended to not only find solutions to the tech industry's most debilitating problems but also simply to "work together instead of just sniping at each other."
"Tech City has been really good at reaching out to the local business community, trying to understand what their challenges were and to see if they were experiencing any barriers," she continued. "We're trying to do the same thing on a national level."
The group has identified key issues including the well-publicised technical skills shortage, which sees tech startups and established businesses competing for the same highly-skilled employees. They are also looking to boost the potential of university R&D projects in a bid to make them more lucrative.
"Each cluster is facing the same issues, albeit on a different level," MacRae explained. "Everyone agreed that these were the principal areas that if we as a country can start to crack we will be in good shape going forward. "We should feel optimistic that people are so committed to these issues, and it's happening all over the country."
Further details of the other clusters involved in talks will be revealed in the coming months.
V3 has heard from many startups and startup evangelists in recent months, all citing the same issues of stunted growth and a lack of skilled employees. They include Dragons' Den star Piers Linney and former Tech City boss Eric van der Kleij.
Last week, Tech City announced the first 25 tech businesses to be taking part in its Future Fifty scheme, a programme intended to help the UK's fastest-growing tech companies to reach the global stage and eventually float on the stock market.
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