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Edinburgh partners with global tech company

The University of Edinburgh has announced a partnership with the technology company Cisco to support the university’s artificial intelligence and blockchain accelerator programme.

The university and Wayra UK, which is Telefonica’s open innovation platform, currently run an accelerator programme that supports AI and blockchain start-ups at the university’s Bayes Centre. On 10 February, Cisco announced that, over the next three years, it would provide business development and technical support to 20 start-ups in the scheme.

This collaboration could be the first of a longer-term partnership between Cisco and the university. Jim Ashe, director of commercialisation and industry engagement at the university, said that the two organisations intend to work together across all areas of data-driven innovation.

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