This summer Silicon Abbey will open their first Pop-up Hub in the Clarence Park Cricket Pavilion. From 1st to 30th July the space will be open to all entrepreneurs, start-ups and anyone interested in setting up their own commercial or social business. There will be free desk space as well as a series of masterclasses
Being an entrepreneur can sometimes be a lonely business. A lot of start-up owners are working on their own or are part of a very small team. Yes, being an entrepreneur is fun, but sometimes you just want to be able to bounce off ideas and more often you just need advice from an expert
The University of Hertfordshire‘s new College Lane development provides housing for 3000 students. It’s a finalist in the annual Student Accommodation Awards. But there is not yet an out of hours catering service on site. The University is keen to give its graduate entrepreneurs the chance to exploit this opportunity by offering a 3-year franchise
It was great to welcome a new guest Dragon, Tes Macpherson from PTAsocial, a communications platform for school parent volunteers, to our first digital innovation day of the year at Oaklands College. Looking forward to working with Tes on other events. If anyone else would like to be a dragon do get in touch. A
Join us for early Christmas drinks and networking at the Mermaid on 1st December. We will be gathering from 6 pm onwards, so feel free to pop in when you’re free. This year we’re clubbing together with the recently formed St Albans Social Enterprise Club, so we can look forward to interesting discussions about digital and social enterprise.
We had a really good session with this year’s cohort of budding entrepreneurs at the University of Hertfordshire. I got the impression there were more attending this year than last. Time will tell if that’s due to a post-Brexit entrepreneurial spirit coursing through our veins or if the conventional jobs market is getting tougher (I’m sure there is someone in the Business School who knows the answer to that).
What is a digital career? That’s an easy question to answer – digital is now an integral part of almost any career; financial services, public administration, the creative industries, construction, healthcare, retail all make every day use of digital. And if they don’t they soon will be! Year 11 students at Roundwood Park School got that answer to our question at a recent careers session run by Silicon Abbey. They also recognised that digital is as much a creative discipline as a STEM subject.
Silicon Abbey is a group of senior executives in media, tech and finance, entrepreneurs and others who are simply interested in building a digital future for St Albans.
We strongly believe that St Albans is more than just a pretty commuter town. It already has a thriving professional service industry, is at the heart of the Green Triangle and has considerably strengthened its retail and visitor offer over the last three years.
St Albans residents are already amongst the most digitally savvy in the country. In the next five years the city has an unrivalled opportunity as the London tech industry gravitates northwards with Google, Twitter and Facebook about to open large offices in the so-called ‘Kings Cross tech-cluster’, alongside the British Library, Guardian and the Crick Institute; all just a 20 minutes train journey from St Albans.