The government-backed Digital Catapult is opening three new regional technology innovation centres in Brighton, Yorkshire and the North East & Tees Valley worth £9 million in investments.

The centres will be set up in collaboration with three Local Enterprise Partnership-led consortia and concentrate on using big data to drive digital innovations. The Yorkshire centre will focus on data in health and social care, Brighton will put its emphasis on the “Internet of Place”, while the North East & Tees Valley centre will concentrate on data sharing innovation.

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The Digital Catapult centre in Sunderland will focus on data sharing innovation. Image credit: Digital Catapult

Over the next three years, said Digital Catapult, the consortia will deliver a “range of innovative projects”, designed to be accessible to startups and SMEs “to use and learn from”. The centres will create links with both universities and businesses that will enable new findings and products to be converted into commercial market opportunities.

Each centre will launch a programme of events to create opportunities for the private and public sector and academia to collaborate on.

Neil Crockett, CEO of the Digital Catapult, said: “The Digital Catapult is here to help create new opportunities across the UK and unlock innovation and value from sharing closed and proprietary data. As a national centre it is important we support and collaborate with local innovation communities, it is from these local hotspots that we will find the best innovation, create the most relevant products and reap the economic benefit for the UK.”

The Digital Catapult recently announced the Environmental Data Exchange, in partnership with AMEE, to open up environmental data to boost digital innovation.