New head of Geovation
Gareth Sumner aims to take innovation and collaboration to the next level
An Ordnance Survey (OS) initiative, in association with HM Land Registry, Geovation is supported by leading organisations from across the geospatial industry. It brings together location-data, geotech and proptech collaborators and is at the forefront of open innovation, funding, access to OS geospatial data, geospatial expertise and land and property information.
Gareth joins Geovation from Transport for London (TfL), where he led the growth of the Open Innovation team and built a Design Thinking function, helping TfL to work with innovators to solve some of its biggest corporate and customer challenges. He is always driven by the desire to make things better and sees immense value in innovators and corporates joining forces to solve genuine challenges, whether big or small.
Since its launch in 2009, Geovation has supported more than 150 startups through its Accelerator programme, providing tech and data advice, business support and subject matter expertise to help power startup growth. Its ecosystem consists of over 1800 members built from experts across all industries, working on ideas that use location data to create solutions that address global challenges.
The Geovation Accelerator also provides a dedicated space to work at the Geovation Hub - and its Partner Hub network across the UK - providing members with an environment that fosters innovation and creativity with desk space, developers, geospatial data for startups, access to events and a vibrant community.
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