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Tech Wales Advocates launches today to champion Welsh tech ecosystem

Global Tech Advocates, the world’s first truly international grassroots tech community, has today announced the launch of Tech Wales Advocates.

Global Tech Advocates, the world’s first truly international grassroots tech community, has today announced the launch of Tech Wales Advocates.

Tech Wales Advocates will be the fifth Global Tech Advocates network in the UK, joining London, the North of England, Belfast and Scotland to bring the organisation’s to all UK nations.

Global Tech Advocates aims to give tech start-ups and scale-ups a voice worldwide. There are more than 20,000 tech leaders, experts and investors in the organisation, spanning 20 of the world’s fastest growing tech cities and regions.

Tech Wales Advocates will be an independent, private sector-led organisation designed to champion the growth of the Welsh tech ecosystem and campaign to address challenges faced by tech companies, such as access to talent, access to funding and tackling diversity and inclusion issues.

Nathan Stockford, co-lead of Tech Wales Advocates comments:

Tech Wales Advocates will become a campaigning body based in Cardiff but operating across the country to finally give Welsh tech companies the recognition they deserve. The organisation will also work closely with those on thefrontline of the tech sector to understand the day to day challenges they are facing, and to harness the power of the private sector to overcome barriers around talent, finance and diversity.

Based in Cardiff, Tech Wales Advocates will be led by Nathan Stockford, a senior digital analyst at Legal & General and Mark John, co-founder of Tramshed Tech, the business accelerator and innovation space.

Tramshed Tech co-founder and co-lead of Tech Wales Advocates, Mark John commented:

Cardiff is becoming one of the UK’s most exciting tech cities, with a critical mass of entrepreneurs, investors and tech leaders. The city is home to the tech departments of major corporates as well as a growing startup community and Tech Wales Advocates will harness that growth and ambition.

The Welsh tech ecosystem has been growing rapidly in recent years. Latest Tech Nation data suggests Welsh tech companies a]racted £100m in 2019 with a median tech salary in Wales of £35,000.

Speaking of the developments Russ Shaw, founder of Global Tech Advocates said:

“The growth of Global Tech Advocates from its origins in the tech powerhouse of London to cities and regions across the entirety of the UK reflects the journey the country has taken to become a true tech nation. There are vibrant emerging tech clusters that are increasingly joining up to create a tech ecosystem that stands behind only the US and China on the world stage.
I am delighted to announce the launch of Tech Wales Advocates as a milestone for GTA and a milestone for the evolution of the Welsh tech community. I hope Tech Wales Advocates becomes a strong support network for the thriving start-ups and scale-ups that are driving Welsh tech innovation and economic growth.

The organisation is launching today (15th July) at a high-profile event at Capital Tower in Cardiff >>

Learn more about Tech Wales Advocates by heading over to techwalesadvocates.co.uk >>

Guy Porteous
Content Producer, Tramshed Tech
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