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Published on December 4, 2007

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Technium Swansea Presentation :  Technium Swansea Presentation Richard Harris Technium Swansea – Manager 24 November 2006 Technium – A Welsh Assembly Government Initiative:  Technium – A Welsh Assembly Government Initiative Department Of Enterprise, Innovation & Networks (DEIN) A Winning Wales Wales: A Vibrant Economy Innovation Action Plan Technium – Background:  Technium – Background Heavy Industry Manufacturing Need for Economic Regeneration Move to a Knowledge Based Economy R&D Entrepreneurship & Innovation Supportive Environment What is Technium?:  What is Technium? Technium is a Welsh Assembly Government initiative. Technium is a Partnership between the Welsh Assembly Government, other parts of the Welsh Public Sector, Academia, & the Private Sector. Technium is a Business Development Project aimed at creating a sustainable engine for economic development in Wales. Technium is a pan-Wales incubation network that provides the relevant knowledge, support and physical facilities to help young technology businesses realise their potential for long-term growth. What is Technium?:  What is Technium? Technium is a Welsh Assembly Government Programme that is a key part of A Winning Wales. It is a catalyst that encourages:- University, public & private sector partnerships University spin-outs & technology-based start-ups Knowledge transfer/commercialisation Graduate employment opportunities Investment into Technium :  Investment into Technium DEIN has committed investment to the roll out of Technium across Wales in a mix of Assembly Government Funding and European Union Objective 1 Funding. 8 sites already operational, 2 about to come on line and a further 2 planned. Facilitating 200 knowledge based companies.* Employing 1,200 people in added-value employment.* * Repeated as a cycle as companies graduate. Technium Network - Pan Wales:  Technium Network - Pan Wales Currently 8 Operational Technium buildings:- Knowledge Economy – Swansea (2), Aberystwyth. Digital Media – Swansea University Electronics & Digital Devices - Pencoed Optoelectronics – St. Asaph Sustainable Technologies – Baglan Performance Engineering – Llanelli Energy – Pembroke (Opening Autumn 2006) Visualisation & communications technologies – Bangor Technium Model:  Technium Model What does Technium Offer?:  On Site Business Support In House Technology Support Direct links to local academia and Welsh Centres of Research Excellence. Access to Legal Support, IPR Support and Financial Support State-of-the-art buildings with reception service, meeting rooms & networking areas. Specialist research laboratories & equipment. High speed data access via virtual private network What does Technium Offer? Technium - Eligibility Criteria:  Innovative, high growth potential companies Based in a high-tech or knowledge-based sector Exploiting IPR Engaged in Research & Development Have / wish to develop academic links Have a capable management team in place Sustainable financial status Have a credible business/marketing plan Expectations of Support / exit strategy from Technium Technium - Eligibility Criteria Slide11:  Occupancy Levels – 31st July 2006 Technium Swansea (building 1) Opened in 2001 15 base units from 389 – 1900 sq ft Currently 93% occupied Technium Swansea (building 2) Opened in 2004 16 units from 621 – 2604 sq ft Currently 69% occupied Statistics 1:  Benchmarked in 2003 after two years of operation Technium Swansea on average across its first 14 companies saw:- Staff levels grow by 306% Of which 75% were graduates With 72% of staff focused on research & development Commercial Turnover also increased by 39% Since 2003 staff levels have increased a further 85% at Technium Swansea with 249 staff employed across 19 Companies. ( September 2006). The benchmarking exercise is currently being repeated. Statistics 1 Slide13:  Technium Swansea was the highest placed UK incubator in the Science Alliance “Global Award for the Best Science Based Incubator 2005.” Independent assessment by the Centre for Strategy & Evaluation Services (CSES) and an Expert Jury including representatives from the USA, Germany and UK placed Technium Swansea:- - 4th in the Return on Investment Category - 5th in the Fastest Growing Category Statistics 2 Slide14:  Knowledge-based companies Optoelectronics Medical devices Lasers Telecoms Mechanical Engineering Design Software Finite Element Analysis Digital Media and Web Design Specialist film production Mobile communication applications Marine simulation systems Slide15:  Company Graduation 7 Technium Swansea companies are actively finalising growth strategies to enable graduation out of Technium Swansea in 2006-07 creating a market for the private sector. 5 are looking to enter the Ethos Project, a 30,000+ sq ft building starting construction during the Summer of 2006 next to Technium Swansea’s flagship building on SA1 led by the private sector and partially funded by European Union Objective 1 funding. 1 company is assessing options on extended facilities with clean rooms along the M4 corridor, with the stated aim of the Management team returning to a new build in the Swansea area. Technium Stakeholder Programme:  Technium Stakeholder Programme Private Sector Specialist consultants (local & International) Delivering free specialist business advice and expertise to Technium resident and associate member companies across Technium Network Range of sector including legal, finance, marketing, sales, HR, IP, management, accountancy Support in form of workshops, presentations, articles, one-to-one, mentoring. International Business Incubator:  International Business Incubator Soft Landing for Companies Provides a foothold in the European market Provides a supportive infrastructure Provides an Account manager Low cost environment, with known costs No long term commitment necessary Slide18:  Focus: Scientific & high performance computation, next generation optical & wireless comms. systems, graphics software, high volume digital graphical data. Occupancy Info: 100% occupied 8 companies employing 47 staff 13 units from 30 m2 to 63 m2 Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government & Swansea University. Supported by IBM, Agilent Technologies, City & County of Swansea and European Union Objective 1 funding. Slide19:  Focus: Range of technology sectors. Particularly suitable for electronics & digital devices companies. Occupancy Info: Total Units: 8 Housing 2 companies (1 additional company has graduated into Sony’s production facility) Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government, Swansea University & Sony. Slide20:  Focus: Range of technology sectors. Focus on energy, materials & geo-environmental technologies. Occupancy Info: Total Units: 32 Housing 3 companies employing 27 people. Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government & Swansea University. Supported by Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council, BP, GE & European Union Objective 1 funding. Slide21:  Focus: Automotive, motorsport and aerospace sectors.   Occupancy Info: 13 incubator units Swansea University R&D staff located on-site IBM centre of excellence in PLM located on-site Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government & Swansea University. Supported by IBM, Swansea Institute of Higher Education, Welsh Automotive Forum, Aerospace Wales Forum, Carmarthenshire County Council, Carmarthenshire College, BARC & European Union Objective 1 funding. Slide22:  Focus: Range of technology sectors with emphasis on energy sector. Occupancy Info: Scheduled for completion during Autumn 2006. Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government, Pembrokeshire County Council & Swansea University. Supported by IBM and European Union Objective 1 funding. Slide23:  Focus: Range of technology sectors. Occupancy Info: Currently houses 7 companies employing 23 people. Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government and University of Wales Aberystwyth. Supported by Institute of Grassland & Environmental Research, University of Wales Lampeter and European Union Objective 1 funding. Slide24:  Opto-Electronics Technology & Incubation Centre Focus: Opto-electronics and enabling technologies. Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government & the Opto Electronics Forum. Managed by Optropreneurs Ltd. Supported by European Union Objective 1 funding. Slide25:  Centre for Advanced Software Technologies Focus: Visualisation & communication technologies. Key Partners: Welsh Assembly Government & University of Wales Bangor Managed by SERCO. Supported by European Union Objective 1 funding. Thank you:  Thank you Any questions?

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