Tech London Advocates
An interview with Patrick Colbeck, Sport Tech Advocate
Archimede Mulas London - 26/11/2018
CEO is a proud tech advocate, believing in the role of technology to increase innovation and create new jobs.
The London Tech Advocates (TLA), lead by Russ Shaw, launched the “TLA Road to One Million” campaign, aiming to create one million new tech jobs in London by 2023. This Three Minute challenge targets to create one new tech job every three minutes.
At the launch event, the TLA introduced its first 25 under 25 list, highlighting the next generation of the UK’s tech talent (You can find the full list here).
CEO has had the pleasure to interview Patrick Colbeck (25), one of these bright individuals. Patrick is the innovation programme manager for Sport Tech Hub.
Hi Patrick, congrats on making the 25 under 25 List! Start by telling us a bit about yourself
(on the phone in an Uber) – My family has a medical background, my father is a professor and my brother a doctor. I felt I had to follow this path, and studied Audiology at the University of Southampton.
A year and a half in the course I started questioning whether it was what I wanted to do. After graduating I could have either joined the NHS or go privately, but neither were careers I wanted to pursue.
After being rejected several times with the common “we loved you, but we are looking for someone with more experience,” I got a job with MVF, one of the fastest growing startups, hiring 10 new employees a week. I then moved to two other companies working in marketing and PR, until finding myself with the Sport Tech Hub.
Tell us more about what is Sport Tech
Sports tech encompasses lofts of different sectors, and ranges from products and services for professional athletes to every day wellbeing.
The UK currently has an issue with inactivity, with 20million people being categorised inactive. Sport Tech has a huge market opportunity, to help people increase their physical activity.
How does Sport Tech Hub help?
Sport Tech Hub is a 24-week startup incubator wanting to make London the most active city in the world. We believe tech can make you live happier and healthier, and create real opportunities to build stronger relationship between people. The benefits of physical activity extend to mental and physical well being.
The incubator started 18 months ago, with 10 new startups currently being incubated, and a total of 25 companies with the alumni from the first cohort. Sport Tech Hub has the support and collaboration of Sport London, the Mayor of London, and Sport England.
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