Updated: Apr 30, 2020
Can you believe it has been one year since we opened the doors? We've taken a look back and hand picked some of the highlights from our first year insider Kollider!
Following closely behind The National Videogame Museum, which opened in late 2018, Kommune was the second to open doors at Kollider. Offering foodies a choice of delicious cuisines from ten independent kitchens, along with a book-lovers retail experience from La Biblioteka and art exhibitions to keep the inner creative in you entertained.
The Kollider Incubator in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs, officially opened the digital and tech business incubator, welcoming the very first membership cohort of entrepreneurs and start-ups into the community.
Kollider’s own events venue, Ko-Host held its very first series of major events, including the inaugural Sheffield Digital Awards and the Sheffield Digital Festival’s 2019 Main Event. Over 400 guests attended both the award ceremony and digital festivities.
Students from the University of Sheffield, Computer Science Department joined the Kollider Incubator for a three-week immersive programme, Start-up Summer. Students were put through their paces and learnt how to think like an entrepreneur and gained an understanding of the steps needed to start their own businesses.
The calendar of regular events was in full swing throughout the building with everything from Innovate UK grant funding workshops run by KTN, speed networking at the Last Friday Club, the Sheffield Property Association's first major event and even a live screening of Wimbledon, complete with Pimms and deckchairs in Kommune.
The Kollider Incubator received endorsing body status, from the Home Office, for the purpose of Start-up and Innovator visas. Allowing for a pipeline of exceptionally talented, international entrepreneurs to join the growing Kollider Incubator community and contribute to the wider regional economy by creating new innovative and scalable tech businesses.
Creative, cultural and business events spanned throughout the building including thought provoking speakers at Pecha Kucha, Finding a Way and the Castlegate Cultural Festival. While Sheffield’s fast-growing start-up community also attracted the likes of Investor Ladder, a series of events designed to showcase the start-up pipeline to a healthy collection of potential investors in the North.
A six-month celebration was held for the ever vibrant, growing community at the Kollider Incubator powered by Barclays Eagle Labs. Members enjoyed everything from canapés to competitive games of beer pong.
Techstars Start-up Weekend saw over 40 budding entrepreneurs take an idea and transform it into a start-up in just 54 hours. The winning team were so remarkable, they even made three transactions on their tech platform in the time-frame of the competition.
Christmas festivities sparkled throughout the entire building, as the team got ready to welcome the WANdisco HQ into the Kollider family and into their brand-new office space. Kollider's sister company, Kurious Arts, also opened a studio space, complete with an in-house podcasting, music and filming suite.
Law firms looking to innovate and law tech start-ups looking to break into the legal sector joined together for the Barclays Eagle Lab, Law Tech Roadshow. The half day event was packed with panel discussions and industry focussed advice and knowledge.
Quickly following the Law Tech Roadshow, February welcomed an entirely different crowd to the Games Technology Frenzy. Attended by over 200 gamers, games developers, studios and national industry trade bodies, guests enjoyed an interactive showcase of the best of Sheffield’s games industry.
Amidst the global Covid pandemic, the Kollider & Eagle Labs HQ went virtual, continuing to offer a range of online events, one-to-one mentoring and activities, along with the same business support delivered in a format we all know best. Tech.
Throughout the first year of residence at Kollider, Castle House, our entire team have been privileged to welcome so many ambitious businesses, entrepreneurs, organisations and start-ups into our community.
We are now home to over 90 members in the Kollider Incubator powered by Barclays Eagle Labs, and along with our friends at Kommune, the National Videogame Museum, Kurious Arts, and WANdisco we’ve welcomed more than 420,000 visitors through the doors in our very first year.
We couldn’t have wished to achieve any more in year one and we thank everyone who has played a part in making the dream of creating a socialised digital and tech hub a reality.