A new digital and technology programme has opened applications for its first cohort.

The Exchange programme will offer early stage tech companies and entrepreneurs access the tools and infrastructure with the hope of creating new tech and digital in the UK.

It is part of Enterprise City, a 2 million square foot tech, media and cultural cluster in Manchester city centre.

The Manchester-based scheme is spearheaded by property development and investment company Allied London, and will support over 200 individuals with its 6-12-month development programme.

Exchange is currently accepting applications for its first cohort of members. Qualifying UK digital firms must have meet criteria including that they have been trading for less than three years.

In collaboration with its knowledge partner, Tech Nation, Exchange will offer its flexible workspace, workshops, up-skill sessions, speaker events and panel discussions.

Michael Ingall, Founder and CEO at Allied London, said: “We are continuing to set a precedent with the Enterprise City brand by launching Exchange, a truly valuable programme within the tech and digital industry.

“Exchange is a key part of the Enterprise City vision, reinforcing the beginnings of a renowned place for innovators, creators and trailblazers.

“From world-leading technology companies to media production studios, we have attracted huge brands to the new district already, and the Exchange programme intends to grow the UK’s next best start-ups as a result of the environment we are creating.”