Year in Review – 2016

Where did 2016 go? Christmas is just a stone’s throw away and 2017 is just around the corner.

Futurelabs only just launched back in July but it feels like we have been around much longer, in the best way possible. We have grown a strong community around our tech hub with engineers, developers, data managers and digital experts becoming tenants. So what has actually happened for us over the last 12 months?

Renovations started on Futurelabs right at the start of 2016, transforming the space into useable workspace. First through the doors were Herd and The Social Media Geek, even before we had the wifi sorted! Dotforge and mHabitat quickly joined us after ‘proper’ internet was installed, making the space feel more like a home for businesses. We officially launched on the 14th of July, finally opening our doors to freelancers and growing tech businesses from across the region.

Our events space is now a regular home to dozens of meet ups such as Javascript Leeds, Agile Yorkshire and Ladies of Code. We have also created our own monthly informal networking event; Founders Friday. We also ran our very first Hackathon and Start-up Weekend. The likes of BFI and Google's Digital Garage have run events at Futurelabs which we hope to bring you even more of in 2017.

As the hub has grown so has our team; Beth and Owen have done a fantastic job in welcoming all our tenants and ensuring the smooth running of Futurelabs. In 2017 we have so many plans to enhance Leeds’ growing tech scene. Along with a games hub, we want to create more events that will inspire ideas, develop skills and encourage collaboration. Make sure you keep an eye on our events page!

2016 has been very kind to us indeed. We are expanding to other floors of 1 Eastgate and only have a handful of permanent desks left. If your resolution is to start your own business in 2017 or looking for a new home for you and your team; make sure you contact us for a tour. With such a strong tech community, we have the best offering for new and growing tech businesses in Leeds.

We can’t wait to meet you all!

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