Leeds startup is delivering access to vital data

Paul Connell.
Paul Connell.

A Leeds startup is tapping into the power of artificial intelligence to provide decision-makers with answers to key economic questions.

The Data City is a recently-founded data science and software company which uses an innovative web analysis platform to pinpoint where businesses are operating and the sectors to which they belong.

It has already linked up with Leeds City Council for a mapping scheme that identified more than 3,500 digital businesses in Leeds.

And the firm – which says its subscription model services can inform “investment and growth decisions” – is now looking to secure funding of £600,000 early next year to support its expansion plans.

Paul Connell, who founded the company with Alex Craven, said: “The Data City platform is important because the people responsible for making decisions and delivering promises about our great cities and places deserve to have the best data at their fingertips.

“We are using data and web-intelligence to do away with wasted time, money and duplication of effort spent evaluating and designing interventions.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post runs a regular Digital City column in partnership with Sky Betting & Gaming.

The platform aims to highlight the giant strides being made by a sector that boasts around 3,000 organisations in Leeds.