John Connolly is Managing Director and Co-Founder of C4DI (The Centre for Digital Innovation), a privately funded and managed technology incubator based in Hull. C4DI helps tech companies grow and traditional businesses innovate.
Founded by The Wykeland Group, KCOM, The University of Hull and representatives from across the local tech sector, John was part of a team that opened a trial co-working space in 2013 which grew to over 200 members. Those members joined other tech startups and moved into a £15m purpose-built technology campus in December 2015, built and funded by Wykeland, and enjoying the UK’s fastest fibre connectivity from KCOM. Over 350 people now use the centre each day alongside a wider network of around 1000 technologists, freelancers, startups, and large corporates all collaborating to grow businesses.
John has extensive experience of setting up technology businesses and taking them from concept through to profitability. Over the last few years he’s built businesses specialising in a range of technologies including desktop software, mobile apps, gaming, SaaS products and Interactive DVD. He also sits on the boards of a number of tech start-ups and acts as a non-exec director for a couple of charities.
He studied Electronic Engineering at Dundee University for a bit, has a degree in Computing Science from Newcastle University, and was educated locally in Hull, at Hymers College.