THE Minister for Tech and Digital Economy is to visit the North East to discuss opportunities for the region’s economic development.

Paul Scully's visit is part of TechNExt, a major new festival to promote and celebrate the North East’s growing tech sector that will take over the region from 19-23 June.

The Minister will join CEO of Sunderland Software City and Dynamo North East, Dr David Dunn on Monday 19th June as part of an event focused on money, investment and business support for technology and digital start-ups in the region.

The event forms part of more than 40 fringe events taking place across the North East.

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Dr David Dunn, CEO of Sunderland Software City and Dynamo North East said, “We are delighted that the Minister is coming to the region, it's a clear signal that the Government understands the importance of the tech economy right across the UK.

‘Money, Investment and Start-up Business Support’ is an event hosted by Digital Business Pipeline the North of Tyne Combined Authority-funded start-up support programme for Newcastle, Northumberland and North Tyneside residents.

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The free event will navigate one of the most common hurdles to starting a business – financial understanding and delegates will hear from experts from Vision Accountants, RBC Brewin Dolphin, NEL Fund Managers and Business Enterprise Fund.

Headline sponsors for TechNExt are Digital Catapult, Newcastle Strategic Solutions, Opencast and Sage.

  • Anyone interested in finding out more about becoming self-employed, or who is looking to develop a new idea into a business can find out more about the Digital Business Pipeline support via: