Cardiff Start

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Cardiff Start
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Logo of Cardiff Start
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The location of Cardiff within Wales
FormationJune 1, 2012;9 years ago (2012-06-01) [1]
Founder Neil Cocker and Stephen Milburn
Founded at Cardiff, Wales
Registration no.08250803
Legal statusActive
PurposeAdvancement of start up businesses and people employed at start ups in Cardiff
HeadquartersCardiff Creative Quarter
Location
  • 2/5 The Creative Quarter
    Morgan Arcade
    Cardiff
    CF10 1AF
Coordinates 51°28′43″N3°10′39″W / 51.4787°N 3.1775°W / 51.4787; -3.1775 Coordinates: 51°28′43″N3°10′39″W / 51.4787°N 3.1775°W / 51.4787; -3.1775
Region
South East Wales
ServicesStart up business advice and networking
Membership
2,500
Website www.cardiffstart.com

Cardiff Start is a community interest organisation based in Cardiff, Wales which aims to promote and develop the start up sector in Wales' capital city.

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The group aims to empower entrepreneurs running startups in and around Cardiff, or those that work at them. It is Wales’s largest startup community. [2]

History

Cardiff Start was launched in April 2013 [3] by Neil Cocker, a Cardiff and Sofia, Bulgaria-based businessman who has started a number of tech businesses in the city, and Stephen Millburn, an app developer behind TradeBox Media. [4]

The organisation was founded as a community interest company.

The early startup sector

The Cardiff startup scene has been aided by early interventions by the Cardiff Bay-based devolved Government, particularly through the Development Bank of Wales.

The early efforts were however still not deemed to be sufficient by the founders of Cardiff Start to compete with the burgeoning tech scene at East London Tech City or with other regional centres for technology such as Edinburgh.[ citation needed ]

Higher education prospects

Cocker has described the city as particularly lucrative as a centre for start up businesses and technology companies, with Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University, and University of South Wales all providing talented young computer-literate graduates who can fill demand for programmers and developers. The city lacked a particular conduit for networking and business advice, however, which is a focus for Cardiff Start's efforts. [5]

Sector developments

In 2017, the BBC covered the sector and the development of Cardiff Start, aided by interviews from Milburn and Cocker. [6] In the report, Cardiff Start described how nearly 80 tech start-up companies had received £60m from Development Bank of Wales in the past 10 years, but that its network of 2,500 members found that Government backed support was "often not fit for purpose". [6]

In 2019 Cardiff Start hosted, along with marketing firm Yard Digital, a "Startup Residency", attracting applications from a range of entrepreneurs in the city. [7]

The organisation frequently engages with media companies and journalists to promote the city's potential. In 2019 the group were cited by Small Business magazine in its Essential Guide to Starting a Business in Cardiff. [5]

The group engages with the range of stakeholders in the region, which include the Alacrity Foundation, Innovation Point, the National Cyber Security Academy, and the Cardiff Metropolitan School of Technologies. [6]

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