Cospa helps to connect Tech City

Wednesday 26th November 2014

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Cospa has designed and hosted a speed-networking event in the heart of east London, bringing together 100 young people with 25 inspirational mentors. The evening, partnered with the Centre for London and Tech London Advocates, was part of the Connecting Tech City initiative, designed to showcase and signpost the wealth of technology-related opportunities which the capital has to offer.

Hosted at the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch on Tuesday 25th November, mentors included Ronan Dunne (CEO of O2), Kathryn Parsons (founder of Decoded) and Ed Wray (co-founder of Betfair). The 100 young delegates came from across London and took part in some initial speed-networking, followed by sessions of more structured, fifteen-minute conversations with the mentors.

Connecting Tech City took the opportunity to announce a new Fellowship which, as Jess Tyrell (Director of the programme) explained, “will enable talented young Londoners who do not otherwise have the funds, to develop the very latest programming skills and access high quality jobs”.

Cospa Director Oli Barrett, who hosted the speed-mentoring, commented: “Much has been made of the wealth of opportunity in east London, and young people shouldn’t be excluded from that. Sometimes, as an outsider it can be difficult to navigate the landscape – that’s why the work of Connecting Tech City is so important. It’s great to see such inspiring mentors giving their time and support to helping the next generation.”

The full list of mentors who volunteered: Mark Adams (The Audience), Nicole Anderson (Simulocity), Jonathan Chippendale (Holition), Claire Cockerton (Level 39), Jules Coleman (Hassle), Zoe Cunningham (Softwire), Ronan Dunne (O2), Gi Fernando (Freeformers), Mark Fleming (Rosie Lee), Roger Gorman (ProFinda), James Haycock (Adaptive Labs), Anthony Impey (Optimity), John Jackson (Purpose), Morten Jensen (Billetto), Christopher Kenyon (Ubuntu), Chris Lamontagne (GetTaxi), Stef Lewandowski (Makeshift), Yasmine Mahmoudieh (MyKidsy), Michelle Morton-Banks (TM Agency), Renate Nyborg (Pleo), Kathryn Parsons (Decoded), Grant Powell (Central Working), Cec Richard (Slenky.com), Michael Acton-Smith (Mind Candy), Ross Williams (Global Personals), Ed Wray (Betfair).