By Colin Sinclair, KQ Liverpool

Invest Liverpool and Knowledge Quarter Liverpool (KQ Liverpool) have joined forces to lead a delegation from the city region’s Knowledge Economy to America.

The delegation, which is a joint initiative between KQ Liverpool, Invest Liverpool and wider city region private sector partners – including Sci-Tech Daresbury, Arup, GVA, CBRE and Proton Partners International ¬– will be joined by senior representatives from the University of Liverpool (UoL), Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and The Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust (RLBUHT).

During the 5-day trip, representatives and international experts will hold key meetings with the world-leading universities and businesses in and around Boston and New York, in a quest to attract inward investment, forge key relationships and increase research links in the science and tech sector.

As we strive to create a world-class innovation eco-system at the heart of the city region it is important that we get out and see best practice from around the globe and with our world-leading strengths in health and life sciences, materials chemistry, cognitive computing and artificial inelegance, as well as sports science, MedTech and environmental science, we see great parallels with the likes of New York and Boston.

Whilst our main aim is to attract investment to Liverpool City Region, it is also important that we build relationships with innovation-led businesses, particularly in the fields where Liverpool has world-leading strengths. We need to be targeting not only the Googles and the Facebooks of the world but also the pioneering start-ups and spin-outs that could be looking to grow into the UK.