Sector Lead for Digital and Creative Industries, Anglia Ruskin University
Dr Jan Storgards is Sector Lead for Digital and Creative Industries - "Making creative thinking tangible"- at Anglia Ruskin University. His areas of responsibility include working on IT startups and SME partnership development; large enterprise engagement into academic programmes and research; programme fundraising; employability and "Tech and Creative for Good".
He is responsible for the REACTOR -programme, a cluster development programme for applied gaming over 3 years, involving 100 SMEs. The fields covered include digital health, games technology, creative technology.
From 2015-16 Jan was also a Visiting Research Fellow in Judge Business School, researching into startup acceleration and knowledge development. He has been a mentor and coach in the Accelerate Cambridge programme, helping new ventures to grow into the next generation of meaningful businesses to emerge from Cambridge.
Jan contributes to the development of entrepreneurship and innovation programs and the integration of regional ICT entrepreneurs, investors, technology partners, the public sector and research groups to create and develop an internationally recognized ICT and games cluster. He is committed to bridging research and practice to develop and deliver distinctive and unique digital products and services and successful technology companies. He is currently working with over 50 high-tech, mainly digital start-ups, and actively developing collaboration between Finnish and Cambridge UK Startup scenes (Games, Health, Games for Health, Internet of things, mobile apps).
Jan contributed greatly to the development of East of England Science and Innovation Audit; Theme 4 ICT sector by interviewing Cambridge based entrepreneurs, investors, policy makers, university leaders and leaders of membership organisations. You can read about East of England Science excellence from the report (published 21st September 2017).
Previously Jan has also been Director of ICT & Games, Entrepreneurship & Innovation, and International Partnerships for Cursor Oy, and undertakes management consulting in the areas of games, healthcare and scalable ICT. Before joining Cursor, he worked his way up the cluster development and start-up ladder as an entrepreneur, founder and CEO of the sports software start-up company Suunto Software Solutions. He has built a company from scratch, developed many more and pursued business opportunities across digital, financial, sport and healthcare technology fields.
Jan is a Doctor of Science (DrSc) in Economics and Information Systems Science (ISS) and has published and presented his work on idea development, brand equity, unique value and best practice in digital game studios on an international scale.