Wimbletech founder David Fletcher forsees tech future for Merton

Wimbledon Guardian: Wimbletech: Founder David Fletcher (far right) with the entrepreneurs Wimbletech: Founder David Fletcher (far right) with the entrepreneurs

Forget Silicon Roundabout, London’s next tech hub is blooming in an unexpected corner of south west London - or so Wimbletech’s founder David Fletcher would have you believe.

For the past four months a growing number of entrepreneurs have been eschewing the commute to Shoreditch in favour of a newly-formed co-working space in Wimbledon library.

Paying just £100 a month for a desk, start-ups ranging from Prehash, which designs code-based challenges for job candidates, to Woooba, a sports brand building a ‘LinkedIn’ for sports, have been working and connecting in the innovation hub just two minutes walk from Wimbledon station.

Wimbletech is the brainchild of Mr Fletcher, 36, an entrepreneur and consultant who linked up with Merton Council to set up the hub and keep central commuters in Wimbledon.

With additional support from Love Wimbledon and Merton's Chamber of Commerce, Wimbletech was born.

Mr Fletcher said: "This borough’s got a huge mix of big companies, big brands, big personalities, big successes, lots of small companies; there’s enough of the right mix of people here to do something very special.

"It’s one of those things, where you think, why hasn’t it been done? So we’re just doing it."

Monday to Friday twenty entrepreneurs have access to a spacious room on the library’s second floor, with free tea, coffee, biscuits and each others’ knowledge and experience.

Hackathons are launched at weekends, co-ordinated by coder Dj Walker-Morgan, where local digital creators are invited to develop their projects in the company of other techpreneurs.

Wimbletech also runs free Little Hacker events for children, where the coder will set them tech challenges.

Mr Fletcher currently has 50 applicants for the 20 desk spaces in the hub, and is looking to move to a bigger space in the library, before potentially expanding to take over a new building.

He said: "I think south London is crying out for this and I think Wimbletech could be a space bringing all groups of people together who can benefit from the local hub and I think that Wimbledon, or elsewhere in Merton is the right place to do it."

Wimbletech has four places available for June and 15 new places available for the new space in July.

To apply, visit wimbletech.com

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