Pearson is a founding sponsor for TechHub, which will provide workspace, host events and serve as a focal point for innovation among European tech entrepreneurs.
Pearson, the global education and media company, has agreed to become the first founding sponsor for TechHub, a new co-working space and networking centre for technology start-up companies, located in central London.
TechHub, which is due to open this spring, will have capacity for 500 members using the shared working space. Located in London’s Shoreditch neighbourhood, an area rich in digital start-up companies, TechHub includes workspace, meeting rooms, a device testing room for mobile developers, and an area for presentations and networking events.
“Digital products and services already comprise about a third of Pearson’s global revenues and we are always looking at new ways of partnering with innovative start-ups and reaching top tech talent,” said Juan Lopez-Valcarcel, Pearson’s director of digital product and consumer technology. “We are excited about being TechHub’s first founding sponsor and look forward to engaging with what promises to be a vibrant community of tech entrepreneurs.”
Pearson has teams worldwide exploring the digital frontiers of its businesses – Education, consumer publishing at Penguin and business information at the Financial Times Group. All these businesses will benefit from the collaborative environment that TechHub will provide. The partnership with TechHub is also a natural fit with other Pearson digital initiatives including an innovation fund that helps turn exciting ideas into new products and services.
“Pearson’s role as a TechHub founding sponsor partner shows that a large company with a leadership role in digital publishing and digital education values collaboration with the innovative entrepreneur community,” said Elizabeth Varley, TechHub’s director. “TechHub is all about relationships and collaboration in technology, innovation and supporting tech start-ups, and we’re excited about Pearson’s involvement.”
The new TechHub is located adjacent to the Old Street station on London’s Underground network, and is about a 10-minute walk from the Liverpool Street mainline train station. Besides providing shared workspace for companies and individuals based in London, TechHub allows tech visitors from elsewhere in the UK, Europe, the US and beyond to plug into the vibrant community, work and meet.
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Pearson (NYSE: PSO), the global leader in education and education technology, reaches and engages today's digital natives with effective and personalized learning. Pearson’s other primary businesses include the Financial Times Group, publisher of the Financial Times, ft.com and other digital information services, and the Penguin Group, a leader in digital publishing which is celebrating its 75th birthday in 2010. For more information, go to www.pearson.com