LCR Activate

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We provide practical, hands-on support and funding to help Digital, Creative and Createch businesses grow using emerging technologies such as AI, Machine Learning, Virtual and Augmented Realities, Big & Open Data, High-Performance Computing and Cloud.

Our aim is to help your business bring new products to market and employ more people. We do this through intensive one-to-one consulting with experts from various relevant technical and professional disciplines, supplemented by an engaging and diverse range of tailored events held exclusively for our clients which sharpen skills such as pitching and digital marketing, right through to helping you understand what is involved with bringing undergraduate interns into your business.

We also operate a grant scheme which can give applicants a 50% rebate on eligible total development costs they incur whilst developing new products and services.

We’re proud to be one of the primary catalysts for growth in this sector in the Liverpool City Region and are always looking for businesses and initiatives we can support. For more information, check out our website or contact Jonathon Clark, Business and Technology Manager by email or phone 0151 231 2337.


“Before approaching Activate, I knew I wanted to create an app but was struggling to find the finance and technical support to pursue the idea. Activate has been invaluable because it enabled me to understand exactly what investment I needed to push the business forward. As a result, Steam School is set for accelerated growth. We are now recruiting for a team of undergraduate and graduate presenters, as well as a team of freelance producers and content creators from Liverpool John Moores University.” 

Jade Parkinson-Hill - Founder, Steam School

“Before I approached Activate, a big problem I had was that investors wouldn’t take me seriously due to my age, regardless of having founded startups previously. The support from Activate has provided me with a much better idea of how much potential the market has to offer, and a clear product roadmap to scale. Housemates is now in a position to strengthen our offering as a stable tech company and have the key findings to back where we want to go, and how we will get there.” 

Lydia Jones - Founder, Housemates