Boosting IoT entrepreneurship

Boosting IoT entrepreneurship

Today we launched an Open Call for the best innovation enablers across the UK.

We are looking for businesses to come and work with us to deliver a series of IoT innovation activities over the next few months. The IOTUK Boost programme will be done at rapid speed, which reflects the need for pace and energy in order for the UK to continue its global leadership. We have no hope of achieving this ambition on our own, and to do it right we must work with the best conveners and clusters across the UK.

The IoTUK Boost programme will be delivered in collaboration with local partners in communities and market clusters across the UK, and aims to solve real business problems. It would be futile to create another initiative that doesn’t tap into those already providing this service in their local communities.

The aim of this programme is to highlight the amazing idea flow of IoT businesses, which is currently happening across different fields, and give it both a local and national platform. Moreover, we see the need for better brokering between supply and demand in the IoT debate.

As I blogged last week, IoT entrepreneurship is central to the UK’s future competitiveness, and it’s vital we provide the maximum exposure to great ideas and businesses requiring markets and platforms to help move their plans forward.

The programme will also help us identify and showcase IoT innovations from across the UK and broaden the engagement and ideas from every corner of the UK. Each Boost will culminate in a two-day workshop and innovation contest, with winners gaining access to business, technical and mentoring support from the IoTUK and Digital Catapult team.

Come talk with us if you can host, convene and incubate in your community, and see the benefits in leading the next phase of IoT market development for your community and the UK.

Shane Mitchell leads IoTUK at the Digital Catapult. You can follow him on Twitter @shane_mitchell. Don’t forget to follow us too at @IoTUKNews

Shane Mitchell
hayley.brace01@cde.catpault.org.uk
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