Friday, 25 January 2013

SyncNorwich to fund startup and jobs in East of England

Norwich-based software development and start-up special interest group, SyncNorwich, will give all profits from its February conference to kick-start a local business

25 January 2013 - Norwich, UK SyncNorwich, a special interest group for software developers and entrepreneurs, will give all profits from its 2013 conference to a local tech start-up. The move is designed to provide seed funding to a new business that can prove it has the best chance of success and go on to create local jobs. SyncConf will take place at the Open Venue in Norwich on 15 February 2013.

To be eligible, all candidates will need to apply to take part in a Dragon’s Den style competition to be held at a future SyncNorwich event. Each candidate will receive coaching by Richard Patey of StartUpNorfolk, before pitching their business to a panel of judges made up of local, independent entrepreneurs. The funds will be awarded to the winner shortly afterwards.

More details about the competition will be released soon; in the meantime, write to

Paul Grenyer, co-founder of SyncNorwich and director of Naked Element Ltd, said: “Our first conference in February 2013 will host some of the best speakers in the software development industry in the UK. We are really pleased our speakers are visiting Norwich as part of their international conference speaking circuit. It will certainly deliver plenty of education, inspiration and information. But unlike other conferences, all profits will be ploughed straight back into the east of England. We want to catapult a local business forward in the hope that they will go on to become a local employer in the near future.”

John Fagan, co-founder of SyncNorwich and Head of Software Engineering at Axon Active AG, Switzerland said: “We are really excited about the possibility of funding a local tech start-up here in Norwich. The ideal scenario is to find a recent graduate with a great idea, who needs a little capital to build and test their concept in the marketplace. The funding will be our way of giving something back to the community. If we can help them on their way and see them generate more local jobs, then it will be mission accomplished and we can start looking forward to 2014.”

Full details of the SyncNorwich conference schedule and speaker profiles can be viewed at

Complementing the high level of technical content at the Agile and Tech SyncConf is the speakers’ dinner in the evening, an opportunity for delegates and business leaders to meet the speakers and network. SyncNorwich invites all delegates, as well as those who cannot be with us during the conference, to join us in the evening for the speakers’ dinner.

SyncNorwich has attracted over 400 members since starting in June 2012, and continues to grow. Its rapid growth is an indicator that the IT industry could be a major force in economic growth for Norwich. 

SyncNorwich strives to build a thriving technology community and enable local business growth. There is a lot of innovation and creativity here in Norwich, a vibrant and cultural city with lots to offer including a world-class university and the Norwich Research Park; Norfolk is also the home of Lotus cars..

SyncNorwich is a community open to all technology enthusiasts and entrepreneurs to meet, discuss ideas, share experiences and breed new talent, and to provide a platform for exciting new business to form. It caters for people who share a passion for technology, coding, agile and lean processes, start-ups, and those who want to share ideas through social events.

A range of events are free to attend, thanks to sponsorship from local technology companies such as Smart421, bgo and others.

The 2013 Conference will take place at Open, Norwich, on 15 February. Visit for speaker profiles and the full conference schedule.

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