Canterbury cluster created

More than 100 firms attended the June 6 launch of 'Canterbury Software', the region's attempt at establishing an IT cluster

IT was it in Christchurch earlier last week.

More than 100 firms attended the June 6 launch of Canterbury Software, the region's attempt at establishing an IT cluster.

The cluster aims to bring local firms together and help with marketing, mentoring and other business skills.

Co-organiser Keith Cowan of Jade and the NZ Software Association says the cluster had a “very enthusiastic reception” from local businesses, some 40-plus of whom have since joined the organisation.

Next week the cluster stages a breakfast workshop on intellectual property and a meeting of business mentors. Other networking workshops and events are planned.

“The whole idea for the cluster was so well received and so many people attended the launch, it all shows the cluster will work in boosting Canterbury’s software businesses,” Cowan says.

Volunteer-run, the cluster has backing from Alchemy, Canterbury Development Corporation, KPMG, SPIS Ltd, Trade New Zealand and World Engineering.

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