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Australian Communications Minister talks business during visit to London Met

08 May 2014

London Metropolitan University's specialist business incubator, Accelerator, hosted a round-table event for the Australian Minister for Communications, the Honourable Malcolm Turnbull MP.   

The Minister visited Accelerator’s Tech City headquarters in East London, to hear from industry leaders about the development of Tech City, the growing start-up community, and what Australia can learn from its growth.

Business leaders attending included the co-founder of Unruly, Sarah Wood; co-founder of 3Beards, Bryce Keane, founder and CEO of cloud.IQ, James Critchley and group creative director of Albion London, Nick Darken.

They explained to the Minister the importance of education and the role played by universities, as well as the challenges and opportunities facing the start-up world and how policy could help shape the future of the industry.

Malcolm Turnbull MP, Australian Minister for Communications, said: “I was impressed by the enthusiasm of the entrepreneurs and developers at the Accelerator, and by the way in which the London Metropolitan University is incorporating innovation into its broader curriculum.

Vice-Chancellor of London Metropolitan University, Malcolm Gillies, said: “The start-up community here in Tech City is rapidly expanding and we have seen an increasing number of students from the university go through the Accelerator programme for funding.

“We are committed to ensuring that young people maximise the opportunities available in Tech City by providing them with expert training and mentoring. We hope that their businesses continue to flourish and make a significant impact on the local and global economy.”

The visit, which took place on 30 April, highlights how London Met is at the heart of business innovation in the capital. Find out more here.