BARNSLEY’S Digital Media Centre has launched a new ‘intensive’ six-month tech and digital programme - and applications are now open.

The Furnace is a fully-funded scheme at the DMC which will provide dedicated workspace, use of its MakerLab and CreatorLab facilities and lots of practical and specialist support in digital and tech innovation, business development and access to finance.

The scheme’s manager, Ben Hawley, said: “We’re delighted to launch our Furnace incubator and are keen to hear from people with a burning desire to work on an original tech innovation.

“Whatever they have in mind, and whatever stage they are at in the process of turning their innovative digital or tech idea into a commercial product or service, we want to hear from them.

“If they have the potential, we have the tools, resources and guidance to help them transform their vision into reality.”

Applicants are invited from across Yorkshire and the wider region - and the programme is set to start in January.

Coun Robin Franklin, cabinet spokesperson for regeneration and culture, said: “This will be Barnsley DMC’s first incubator for tech entrepreneurs with a new idea.

“It builds on a proven track record of helping digital and tech businesses to start-up and scale through a range of programmes, accelerators and events.

“We’re regional leaders in tech and digital ecosystem growth and believe that, to see our community succeed, we need to support those who want to innovate.

“We, therefore, look forward to receiving applications for the Furnace incubator and would like to stress that applicants are welcome from anywhere.”