Software-as-a-service (SaaS) is one of the biggest sectors of Greater Manchester’s thriving startup scene. With more and more startups and investors making the North West their home, the region is often championed as a challenger to the London SaaS scene. To help you navigate Greater Manchester’s SaaS ecosystem, we’ve created a handy map including our pick of top SaaS startups, accelerators, incubators, VC’s, training programmes, coworking spaces and places to meet for a chat about growth.
Why Greater Manchester?
Manchester and the wider region has always been a hub of innovation. Compared to London, cheaper commercial rents for offices and heavy investment in digital infrastructure are big draws for SaaS startup founders. Although the city wasn’t ranked in the Global Startup Ecosystem Report 2019, its startup scene has transformed over the last five years. TechNation’s 2019 Startup Report attributes £4.98bn Digital tech turnover and 88,000 jobs to the North West of England, most of which comes from Manchester. As a result, the SaaS scene in Manchester has been touted as a competitor to London in the same way Toronto and Atlanta provide strong alternatives to Silicon Valley in the US.
With a tighter-knit SaaS scene than in the capital, getting to the heart of the action can have a huge impact on a startup’s growth. Our comprehensive overview of the Greater Manchester’s ecosystem is designed to help you identify the best opportunities and make valuable connections.
The SaaS scene in Greater Manchester is constantly changing, so if you’ve got a top recommendation for our map, please get in touch! Here’s what our Ultimate SaaS Startup Map of Greater Manchester has to offer: