LONDON - UK tech pioneer Eric Van der Kleij appeared on Bloomberg on May 27th to announce the launch of his new venture C4DR 'Centre for Digital Revolution', a multi-city business development hub comprising a built-in international corporate foundry, a series of startup challenge programmes targeting key industry verticals, and an in-house 4IR think tank.
Based within a custom-built hub inside the Cocoon Networks Innovation Centre, C4DR will partner and co-invest with leading corporate organisations looking to build new solutions using 4IR technologies, and invest in promising startups spanning artificial intelligence, internet of things, blockchain and robotics, all within a specialised environment. The Centre will work with high-potential startups based in the hubs to help them win business both within and beyond the C4DR ecosystem, while simultaneously delivering sustainable benefit to both business and society.
On the collaboration with Cocoon Networks, Eric Van der Kleji, Founder and CEO at C4DR said:
''Cocoon Networks as our partner are as determined as we are to help crack the code on how European and UK companies can more satisfactorily expand to China. There are two or three unicorns a year that come out of Europe. But if we had real access to the Chinese market it could double that"
“Our ambition is to help answer the critical question of how we adapt and crucially thrive, when faced with potential disruption and uncertainty created by the rapid pace of innovation, while still creating an environment for bold, forward-thinking startups and corporate titans alike that can effectively harness the technologies driving this fourth industrial revolution”
John Zai, Founder and CEO at Cocoon Networks said: "It is fantastic to have C4DR landing at Cocoon Networks London Innovation Centre; I believe it will further enhance the quality of our service to provide start-ups with access to a much larger market and help them propel their business to China"
Underpinning the C4DR’s hub network is an enhanced real estate growth and regeneration model, interlaced with rich event content and ongoing vertical-specific activities. With these elements, C4DR can create a more engaged and loyal tenant base than those found in traditional co-working environments.
C4DR's think tank team will set challenges and invest in ideas around some of the most difficult questions posed by the 4IR, such as technology-led employment displacement and re-education. C4DR will work with corporates, leading industry advocates and the innovation community to challenge, experiment and build solutions as well as share insights with those governments, policy-making bodies, and societal groups that are exploring how strategy, logistics and workforce skillsets should adapt to meet new needs, both domestically and internationally.
Together with Cocoon Networks, C4DR will deploy a global network of hubs and affiliates across Europe, China, the US and other key regions, to meet global demand among high-potential companies and strategic partners that would benefit from C4DR’s model.
Bloomberg Technology Interview with Eric Van der Kleij
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