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Monthly update - April

Here’s a very quick update of what we’ve been up to over the past month or so – hope it’s useful. As ever, anyone who wants more info on any of these projects should get in touch direct on 01273 692888, email me, or post a comment below. We've:

  • Successfully won a significant grant to roll out the Sussex Internship Programme over next year and a half, including funding for 100 work-based training placements in digital media businesses to start this September
  • Organised a Wired Sussex Social, in Hastings
  • Organised a ‘town-hall’ style meeting for Wired Sussex members to find out how they can make the most of projects we’re running, attended by over 20 digital media businesses
  • Partnered up with the Uni of Sussex and Uni of Brighton re their respective events, Curious and Connecting Innovation, and made suggestions to key stakeholders from both institutions re how to better communicate with industry
  • Exhibited at a graduate recruitment fair at the University of Chichester, promoting work done by and opportunities available at various Wired Sussex Member companies
  • Re-launched the Wired Sussex membership offering to make it more accessible for greater groups of people, plus designed a new newsletter and created a blog
  • Continued negotiations with Black Lion street developers Karis and potential tenants
  • Advised 8 individual companies re applying for funding through the TSB’s latest grants competition
  • Pitched to Current TV re broadcasting student work
  • Discussed with Universities of Brighton and Sussex the possibility organizing a 'Portfolio Clinic plus', to get valuable advice for design students on how to improve their work and to get academics to engage better with sector. Event now confirmed and going ahead in Autumn
  • In talks with new Head of Brighton Council regarding getting a prototype start up school for small businesses up and running

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