During UK Tech Week, Sheffield Digital is teaming up with Ampere.Events to spotlight and celebrate South Yorkshire’s thriving tech ecosystem. With two of the best research  Universities, nationally renowned innovation facilities, an abundance of talent, and competitive operations costs, it’s no surprise South Yorkshire’s capital, Sheffield, has enjoyed remarkable growth in its Startups ecosystem. 

We believe (Ssssshhhh)Sheffield has become the secret Startup Capital of the UK, with South Yorkshire the Tuscany to its Florence. We are excited to participate in the first UK Tech Week, to celebrate the remarkable achievements recently made in South Yorkshire, the often-overlooked tech powerhouse of the North. 

Sheffield Digital is the organisation for the people and businesses that make up South Yorkshire’s thriving tech cluster. By connecting, representing and promoting the community, Sheffield Digital helps organisations and individuals to grow their businesses and careers. It runs a highly successful mentoring scheme and brings people together through regular senior leader events and by supporting the regional meetup scene. 

Ampere is a founder-focused events and acceleration organisation based in South Yorkshire, running frequently ‘by founders, for founders’ events. Ampere is committed to empowering community, collaboration and growth to strengthen our entrepreneurial ecosystem and assist Founders to achieve excellence. We believe that South Yorkshire is all substance, no hype, and part of our mission is to raise the collective ambition ceiling in this incredible region.

And South Yorkshire is all about those two factors; community and collaboration. We enjoy a culture of open accepting communality which means events are happening all year round. Highlights for 2024 include:

  • Quarterly Sheffield Digital Showcase events, profiling innovative businesses and people.
  • Ampere’s AI, Automation and Digital Transformation event, seeing a presentation from Dona Sarkar Chief Troublemaker at Microsoft AI. 
  • Sheffield DM Summer on 18th July – a full day of expert digital marketing talks and panels that attract people from across the country.
  • TechClimbers24, April 18th. Coming back bigger and better from last year’s excellent showing. TechCLimbers will celebrate the incredible innovation on display here in South Yorkshire.
  • Ampere X Sheffield Technology Parks X Investor Ladder Founder + Investor networking and pitching practice day, bringing together 50 investors and 70 founders to illuminate the fantastic Startup investment opportunities in South Yorkshire.
  • A thriving Sheffield (Gary Neville) and Barnsley (Binary Forge X DMC) Monthly Startup Meetup, hosting over 50 founders per event. 

You can expect a buzz around the clustered but centralised South Yorkshire tech ecosystem for UKTW! Three days of events around the region, and in typical Sheffield style we will be rounding the week off with a colossal tech sector closing party at the historic and beautiful Yellow Arch Studios! 


Mel Kanarek, Co-Founder of Sheffield Digital

“We are very pleased to be part of UK Tech Week and to shine a spotlight on the tech scene in Sheffield and South Yorkshire. This event is going to demonstrate the strength and variety of the tech sector all across the UK.”


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