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Mayor of London Office tours tech startup colwiz

As part of a mission to the region promoting post-Brexit business, delegates from the Mayor of London’s Office visit Karachi hub of London-backed startup colwiz.

London-Karachi collaboration: colwiz Founder Tahir Mansoori with his team of talented engineers and designers and the Deputy Mayor of London, Rajesh Agrawal.

The Deputy Mayor of London was in Karachi this week as part of a regional tour organised by the Mayor’s International Business Programme, a scheme mentoring London’s leading tech start-ups. colwiz was accepted onto the programme in October this year and has joined the tour across Mumbai, Bangalore and Karachi.

Commenting on his visit to the colwiz team in Karachi, Deputy Mayor for Business, Rajesh Agrawal, said: “London is home to some of the most innovative and exciting tech businesses in the world and I am delighted that colwiz is joining me in Karachi to show that London is open to talent, business and collaboration.”

colwiz’s London investment stems from leading academic publisher Taylor & Francis, a part of the FTSE 100 Informa Group that acquired colwiz in May this year.

In closing the Deputy Mayor’s visit, colwiz founder Tahir Mansoori commented: ‘It’s been a privilege to host the Deputy Mayor here today, as a member of the Mayor’s International Business Programme. I’m delighted that our move to Taylor & Francis has enabled us to participate in partnerships such as this. It’s also provided us the investment and scale needed for our ambitions in AI-powered research intelligence, which the team have taken a lot of pride in showcasing to the Mayor’s team.’

colwiz are currently trialing their research intelligence service, wizdom.ai, with several leading academic publishers and institutions, prior to commercial launch in early 2018.

colwiz is a digital research services startup launched through the University of Oxford’s software incubator. With a mission to accelerate research globally; colwiz empowers researchers with robust and intuitive reference management tools, and delivers powerful insights into the research landscape through big data analytics and artificial intelligence.

In May 2017, colwiz joined the Taylor and Francis (T&F) Group - part of Informa, a FTSE 100 and London Stock Exchange listed business, specialising in academic publishing, business intelligence, knowledge and events. T&F operates globally and produces high quality, peer reviewed books and journals aiming to broaden thinking and advance understanding, providing academics and professionals with a platform to share ideas and realise their individual potential.

The Mayor’s International Business Programme, is a programme part funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), that aims to support high-growth companies in the life sciences, technology and urban sectors to increase their export success across a range of key markets in Europe, Asia and North America. The three year programme is led by London & Partners, the Mayor’s official promotional agency, in partnership with KPMG, PA Consulting, BDO, Benoy and London Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

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