Welcome to our roundup, where you can catch all the South West tech news highlights from the past week.

As usual, a lot is going on in the community. We’re hitting the ground running in this new year. Luckily you can now quickly access the headlines under one roof here. From technological breakthroughs to unmissable events, what’s the latest from our techie world?

If you have a piece of news to share, do reach out to our Head of Content, Shona Wright at shona@techspark.co

Graphcore named as top AI company by Beauhurst

Beauhurst has ranked the top 50 artificial intelligence (AI) companies in the UK, by total amount of equity investment received to date. Bristol-based Graphcore came out on top with a whooping £528m raised.

Graphcore operates in the semiconductor processing chip industry, developing and manufacturing chips made specifically to accelerate artificial intelligence and machine learning tasks. The Bristol-based AI startup has grown from strength to strength since 2016, with a total of nine funding rounds under its belt, which saw it reach unicorn status after just four years of trading.

Check out the full Top 50 list here. 

Bristol Creative Industries launches round two of its internship programme with Babassa

Two of the biggest challenges facing the creative industries right now are a long-term skills shortage and a lack of diversity in the sector.

The Bristol Creative Industries Internship Programme is aimed at young people (18-30yrs) from underrepresented backgrounds wanting to gain more insight and real experience in the creative industries. Working in partnership with Babbasa & some of our member businesses in and around Bristol, the scheme is part of the OurCity2030 Pathway into Creative & Tech and offers a variety of roles in advertising, marketing, design, digital and animation.

If you’re interested in becoming a host business, get in touch with alli@bristolcreativeindustries.com for the full info pack.

Key points to note:

  • Training for businesses will take place during March and April
  • Interns will be with you from June-November
  • Host businesses pay a participation fee to support the running of the programme
  • Interns are employed by you and paid the real living wage

One Big Circle prepares to develop its Multi-sensor Automated Train Examination prototype into a full solution

After winning the First of a Kind competition, for the DepotMATE (Multi-sensor Automated Train Examination) project, the Bristol-based SME is working in collaboration with operators Transport for London (TfL), Colas Rail and East Midlands Railway (EMR) to develop an existing prototype solution into a fully operational depot-based inspection system by the completion of the 12-month project delivery.

The DepotMATE project aims to overcome the safety and efficiency challenges associated with depot-based rolling stock inspections. One Big Circle’s solution will deliver a multi-sensor lightweight inspection system, deployed to depots or sidings and positioned to capture data from passing rolling stock to enable remote inspection to be undertaken.

CyBOK wants to hear from YOU

The CyBOK project aims to bring cyber security into line with the more established sciences by distilling knowledge from major internationally-recognised experts to form a Cyber Security Body of Knowledge that will provide much-needed foundations for this emerging topic. The project, funded by the National Cyber Security Programme, is led by the University of Bristol’s Professor Awais Rashid, along with other leading cyber security experts – including Professor Andrew Martin, Professor Steve Schneider, Dr Yulia Cherdantseva and Dr Marina Krotofil.

It’s reaching out the community to better understand their own reach. They’re gathering information about who uses CyBOK, what resources they use and how. Help them out by taking the short survey here.

Sign up for RSM’s industry outlook event taking place 7 Feb

Following the launch of RSM’s Media and Technology Outlook 2024, come along to the event for a more indepth discussion about the findings. RSM’s Head of Media and Technology, David Blacher, will be asking experts Ben Bilsland (Senior Analyst, Media and Technology) and Jasper van Heesch (Private Equity Senior Analyst), about the opportunities and challenges facing the industry.

The panel will also be joined by Chris Neale from Phoenix Equity Partners to give his view on what support the sector will need in 2024. Chris co-leads Phoenix Equity Partners investment activities across business and technology services. He has over 13 years’ experience in UK mid-market private equity and is a director of Dufrain, Capital Economics and Spy Alarms.

Topics will include:

  •       2024 outlook for the Media and Technology landscape;
  •       PE investment and the wider funding landscape;
  •       the rise of AI: challenges and opportunities; and
  •       open Q&A session with the audience.

Register your place here

Shona Wright

Shona covers all things editorial at TechSPARK. She publishes news articles, interviews and features about our fantastic tech and digital ecosystem, working with startups and scaleups to spread the word about the cool things they're up to. She also oversees TechSPARK's social media, sharing the latest updates on everything from investment news to green tech meetups and inspirational stories.