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Meet the 'super connector' behind Leeds Digital Festival

Stuart Clarke, director at Leeds Digital Festival, is known as a super connector in tech circles. He speaks to Ismail Mulla about the festival that’s hoping for two bites of the cherry.

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Stuart Clarke, Leeds Digital Festival on cross-city collaboration

Northern Cities are growing in confidence and what we need now is a concerted effort to collaborate effectively, says Stuart Clarke, Director of Leeds Digital Festival. He talks about the beauty of community events, the need for improved connectivity, and why ‘Northern exiles’ living in London should consider moving back.  Read more…

How digital festivals in Leeds and Sheffield are helping the region roar ahead

Yorkshire’s digital festivals act as a sounding board for a sector that is roaring ahead. Greg Wright reports.

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"More tech events than San Francisco"

Kate Ryrie talks to Stuart Clarke about celebration, collaboration, and why this year’s Digital Festival is set to be the biggest and best yet.

There’s a certain time of year when Leeds feels like it’s coming to life. A time when the light pours back in, when every evening offers up a host of gigs, workshops and talks – when the City’s talent and enthusiasm come together in one giant collaboration.

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More needs to be done on improving mobility in...

The technology sector needs to do more to help improve social mobility, according to the co-founder of a leading digital festival.

Stuart Clarke, co-founder and director of Leeds Digital Festival, believes the tech sector needs to do more to break down class barriers. Read more…

Leeds is building a tech hub to rival San Francisco

Leeds Digital Festival organiser Stuart Clarke explains why the city is now the best place for tech outside of London.

If we’re asked to think about prominent digital hubs across the world, one city that doesn’t instantly come to mind is Leeds. Read more…

Boost for region’s digital sector as agency heads to Leeds

A LONDON-based digital agency has opened a base in Yorkshire to boost its chances of securing more work in the North of England.

Cyber-Duck, which includes the Bank of England among its clients, has opened an office in Leeds, which it plansread more

138% digital business birth increase from 2011 to 2016

Access to three universities and to thousands of talented graduates, has bred a thriving digital tech scene in Leeds. The city’s many success stories include RockStar Games and Cooperative Innovations.

Sky Betting and Gaming has continued to invest in the area, creating 230 more jobs in 2017/18. Read more…

'Leeds had more tech events than San Francisco'

ConferenceLeeds is celebrating Leeds’ thriving digital sector strength following the immense success of last years Leeds Digital Festival.

The event, which is the North’s largest digital festival, was held last year in April 2018 and was a city-wide, open platform celebration of all things digital. Taking place over two weeks…  Read more…

Boost for region’s digital sector as agency heads to Leeds

Big things are in the pipeline for Leeds, and there’s no one better equipped than Stuart Clarke to dispense all the details.

From Leeds Digital Festival and Yorkshire Dance to multiple start-ups and global investment, he speaks with the passion and positivity of a city readyread more

They’re beautiful. They’re sexy. But are unicorn startups real?

Unicorns are a beautiful myth — but are unicorn startups a myth, too? At first glance, the answer is “no.”

The definition of a unicorn startup is a company with a $1 billion valuation. Uber is a unicorn startup. Airbnb is a unicorn startup. Facebook is a unicorn startup. So are WeWork, Spotify, Stripe, and a couple hundred other companies you probably haven’t heard of. Read more…


The director of the Leeds Digital Festival says the city is now attracting students and start-ups away from London.

Stuart Clarke is advisor and non-executive director to a number of start-ups and is also behind the London to Leeds project, a co-founder of Media Yorkshire and member of the Leeds Digital Board.

With a marketing background, Clarke sees the value in selling Leeds… Read more…

Swipe | Defence Tech & Leeds Startup Scene

In this week’s show, presenter Gemma Evans heads to Leeds – a city with tech credentials worth shouting about – to meet startups who say being up north is better for business.

You can watch Swipe on Sky News every Friday at 9.30pm, Saturday at 10.30am, 2.30 & 4.30pm and Sunday at 11.30am, 2.30 & 4.30pm

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