Creating the UK’s most vibrant digital hub

Built on Teesside University’s world-renowned expertise and reputation in digital media and digital technology, DigitalCity is creating record numbers of high-growth businesses and jobs in North East England.

Uniquely driven by talent, creativity, business nous and academic know-how, DigitalCity is an outstanding example of the power of partnership – and Teesside University is right at the heart of it.

Contact information

For more information contact Cheryl Evans at or call 01642 738888.

Creating business and jobs

Since 2008 through DigitalCity, Teesside University has helped to create:

  • 203 new businesses
  • 228 new jobs in digital industries.

DigitalCity key partners

  • DigitalCity Innovation - Teesside University
    The home of ideas, graduate talent and academic expertise, generating exciting new digital businesses, connecting business to the University’s research and development base, and addressing the digital challenges and solutions of the future.
  • DigitalCity Business - Middlesbrough Council
    The digital, creative and business hub of the Tees Valley, dedicated to offering world-class professional support to digital and creative businesses from across the North East region.

DigitalCity Innovation (DCI)

Led by Teesside University, and funded by the University, European Regional Development Fund and the private sector, DCI delivers:

DigitalCity Fellowships – the engine for business creation
A highly innovative programme that allows talented graduates from a range of disciplines to turn innovative business ideas into reality, with the support of world class facilities, professional mentoring and funding. With a strong track record behind us, we know what works.
95% satisfaction from those who have completed the DigitalCity Fellowship Programme

DigitalCity Knowledge Transfer – enabling step changes in business performance
Digital technologies can have a huge impact on productivity. Academic experts at Teesside work with businesses to identify how to enhance performance, and to implement the solutions.

DigitalCity Placements - providing SMEs with tailored graduate support

An opportunity for companies to apply fresh thinking and graduate level skills to particular business issues through three to six month placements. Our graduates - and you – are supported throughout the placement by a DigitalCity mentor.

DigitalCity Industry Workshops – keeping business at the leading edge
A programme of specialist workshops and seminars delivering advanced technical and industry-relevant skills, in response to industry demand.

DigitalCity Communities – enhancing life prospects through digital technologies
Work with regional community and voluntary groups to develop digital skills and know-how that have real-life applications and address real issues and challenges. We help identify new and sustainable ways to support community and organisational development.

DigitalCity Futures – leading today’s thinking for tomorrow’s world
High-profile 'sandpits' – foresighting events that bring together industry experts, practitioners and researchers to develop the thinking on tomorrow’s challenges and tomorrow’s digital solutions.


DCI is based in the University’s state-of-the-art Phoenix Building, which also houses digital businesses, research teams, top-class serviced meeting and seminar facilities and a green screen sound studio.

Green screen sound studio

The green screen sound studio is a high spec, high definition, track based motion control camera system, capable of creating amazing visual effects – from simple crowd duplications, to highly detailed complex artificial live action sequences. Other facilities include a feature film Icon D-Control DigiDesign mixing desk and DigiDesign’s award winning ProTools software, regularly used on television dramas and features.

Digital businesses

The top floor of Phoenix supports digital industries. Companies seeking to develop or strengthen links with the University can lease high-quality offices here.

ERDF Global Entrepreneurship Week High Impact Event 2013