About TechSPARK

about TechSPARKTechSPARK is a not-for-profit network dedicated to connecting, educating and strengthening the digi-tech cluster in the West. We work with tech and digital businesses from Startups to Scaleups, SME’s to Global Corporations based in the region to help them to grow, using our connections and knowledge.

Engaging with over 35,000 people monthly highlighting the best in tech in the West and bringing people together at regular events. We work across key cluster issues including:

Knowledge – Our editorial content highlighting the exciting tech developments in the region and giving a voice to digi-tech businesses of all sizes through regular features. Regular community blogs and thought leadership pieces from the community and our 4,000 subscriber strong newsletter.

Connections – Bringing the community together with our events like Techie Brekkies, SWFounders,  BathSPARK, TechSPARK, Bristol & Bath Cyber meetups and our annual SPARKIES awards. We have the largest tech meetup membership in the West (5,500+ members) with a focus on fast-growing startups, scaleups and tech companies.

Talent – Through our Jobs Board, Company Profiles, SHIFT Programme, TechNation Visa assessment and our talent attraction programme, Bristol Calling.

Growth – Programmes include our Silicon Gorge pitching events, SPARK School, Entrepreneurs Toolkit and Investment Activator Programme.

If you want to get involved in the website or want to help with the SPARK events, please get in touch, we are constantly looking for volunteers.

TechSPARK advisory board

TechSPARK also has an Advisory Board to assist the team in making key decisions and to provide an extra informal level of governance. The advisory board members are:

nick-sturgeNick Sturge, Director of the innovation hub, Engine Shed, South West Regional Chairman for the IoD, and the Vice-Chair of High Tech Sector of the WoE Local enterprise Partnership.
ben trewhellaBen Trewhella, Managing Director of games company Opposable Games and Co-Founder of the gaming incubator Bristol Games Hub.
rosie-bennettRosie Bennett, Co-Founder of online self-storage directory Storenextdoor, Founder of ITgirls Collaborative and Entrepreneur in Residence at the business incubator the University of Bath Innovation Centre.
David Maher RobertsDavid Maher Roberts is Managing Director of Immediate Media's Cycling & Triathlon websites and magazines. David was CEO of Peter Gabriel's music and movie recommendation engine The Filter (2007-2012) and prior to that he was on the Board at Future Publishing (2001-2007) where he was responsible for the launch of TechRadar, GamesRadar and the company's e-commerce site My Favourite Magazines.