Solent University announces £100,000 Digital Innovation Centre

The university has received the sum as a donation from a former student in order to build the new facility

Solent University alumnus and tech entrepreneur Sean Yazbeck has donated £100,000 to his alma mater for a Digital Innovation Centre.

This is the largest-ever single donation from a former student for the university.

Yazbeck is an award-winning entrepreneur, and visiting fellow and honorary Doctor of Business at Solent University. His donation will be used to build the Sean Yazbeck Centre for Digital Innovation, which will provide students and businesses with access to state-of-the-art technologies and software in gaming, computing, augmented reality, virtual reality, and artificial intelligence.

The centre is scheduled to open in the autumn of 2019 and is predicted to boost graduate employability by up to 15%, due to a number of project opportunities with both startups and established businesses.

Yazbeck will also provide support to the centre, working to ensure it offers the very best equipment, whilst supporting students as they engage with private enterprises.

This relatively small donation is a contribution to supporting the next generation of British tech entrepreneurs. It is also a thank you to Solent University for being the launch pad for my career.
– Sean Yazbeck, tech entrepreneur and Solent alumnus

He said: “British universities are increasingly driving the nation’s rapid growth in technology-based industries. Britain is perfectly positioned to becoming the world’s next Silicon Valley. This relatively small donation is a contribution to supporting the next generation of British tech entrepreneurs. It is also a thank you to Solent University for being the launch pad for my career.”

Theo Paphitis, chancellor of Solent University, said: “Sean’s philanthropic support, guidance and leadership has been instrumental in the university being able to offer this new teaching and learning environment.

“This donation will enable our students to not only develop high-quality skills through a range of really interesting activities, but also access to opportunities for them to deliver commissioned commercial projects and services to meet the needs of the industry. A key skill when you’re engaging with the business sector.”

Yazbeck is the founder and CEO of several tech companies including enterprise digitalisation software, Scopeworker, which recently signed a deal with US telecoms carrier, Sprint, to digitalise their multi-billion-dollar 5G deployment.

More information about Solent University courses is available at www.solent.ac.uk