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Top British Cities for Tech Innovation    [Date Added : 08/17/2017 ]
UK-based Open Data Institute (ODI) and Digital Catapult have published the Tech Innovation Index, mapping the growing technology clusters across Britain. The research aims to inform business and public sector decision-makers about investment and growth in the technology sector.

Whilst tech innovation is unsurprisingly strong in London, the data shows that there are highly active hubs across the UK, including the other capital cities like Edinburgh and Cardiff. Here are the top 10 UK cities for tech innovation:

1. London: This city was obviously going to come first in terms of tech innovation, so this is hardly surprising. London is definitely the place to create a start-up artificial intelligence firm as it ranks top for AI.

2. Edinburgh: Scotland's capital came second and is ranking highly for start-ups focusing on health. Earlier this year, Edinburgh's financial technology sector was given a boost with a new Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) funded tech hub.

3. Manchester: Manchester ranks the highest for start-ups focusing on Internet of Things (IoT) technology. For example, Cisco launched an IoT innovation center in Manchester in 2016 to work on smart cities projects for the future.

4. Glasgow” Edinburgh may be the capital but Glasgow is a larger city in terms of population. If you are looking to build a start-up here, it is best to focus on AI as the city ranks third according to the Index.

5. Brighton: Working in data? Brighton, just over 60 miles from London, is the best for data ventures. According to Tech City UK, the city has over 12,614 digital jobs and has birthed 218 start-ups.

6. Cambridge: Served by one of the UK's, and the world's, best universities it is no wonder that Cambridge features on the list. In 2015, the university launched a new center focusing on the study of AI and the future of humanity. However, the city is currently best known for its manufacturing start-ups.

7. Birmingham: Birmingham, too, is named as one of the top-five places in the UK to launch a manufacturing start-up. The city is also graced with easy connections to London, making it easier for founders to have access to the wealth of funding and support that the capital offers.

8. Milton Keynes: Milton Keynes is one of the UK's fastest growing cities and one of the closest to London; the journey takes only 30 minutes by train from Euston Station. It is best for data start-ups, thanks to the MK Data Hub which launched in 2016 and provides data to companies working on urban challenges.

9. Oxford: Oxford University has been making the news after it announced it was offering an online financial technology course to teach entrepreneurs about the challenges facing the financial services sector. The index also finds that Oxford is best for virtual reality start-ups.

10. Nottingham: The final city in the top-10, Nottingham ranks highly for AI and health initiatives. Between 2013-2014, the city had one of the best start-up growths in the country, with its entrepreneurs driving start-up growth by 68 percent.
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