Introducing CityVerve Open Innovation
As part of their smart city demonstrator project, CityVerve is launching an exciting and innovative open innovation programme. They are looking for eight superstar startups that will help Manchester become the smartest of smart cities. They’re seeking ambitious, hungry, creative startups to join them on an eight week intensive programme where you will have access to a diverse selection of “city data”, to help you develop solutions in response to Manchester’s key challenges, enabling it to become a better, healthier and more innovative city.
You’ll want to solve real life problems, take advantage of the corporate partnerships and mentoring on offer, work in one of Manchester’s most supportive and exciting co-working spaces, and be keen to supercharge your start-up.
What is in it for start-ups?
All startups will receive top class support, guidance and advice from partners, mentors and industry specialists to ensure your success throughout the programme.
In addition, you will get:
- £5,000 grant to support your involvement in the programme
- Free and full access to office space and facilities at Mi-IDEA, Manchester’s leading innovation workspace
- Fireside chats with industry specialists and CityVerve partners
- Business mentorship by industry experts in commercial & tech
- Networking opportunities with companies from the same industry
- Media coverage and PR opportunities
- Market access through industry leaders in the smart cities sector, such as Cisco, BT and Siemens
- Growth acceleration and business masterclasses from Manchester Science Partnerships and Growth Studio
- Funding and financing advice and guidance, with access to investors in the smart cities sector
- Opportunity to showcase your solution directly to smart city industry leaders and influencers
What will start-ups need to deliver?
The programme will run over eight weeks with startups focusing on one of the problem-solution briefs.
As part of the programme, you will be creating:
- An MVP of your solution that will be exhibited at the “Demo Day” to the Smart Cities industry, project partners and the media.
- A value proposition to the relevant sector (Energy & Environment, Health & Social care, Travel & Transport) supported by a business case and sustainable revenue model.
- A working prototype to be on display at Mi-IDEA located in Manchester Science Park.
What are the briefs?
There are three themes which startups can apply for (as well as a wildcard option) with the ambition to solve key issues Manchester is facing. The three themes and problem challenges are:
- Energy and Environment – Use data from existing and external data sources to create a non-intrusive and cost-effective solution that optimises energy consumption and reduces carbon emissions in commercial buildings.
- Travel and Transport – Increase usage and traveller satisfaction by using smart technology to improve the end user experience of public transport.
- Health and Social Care – Create a solution using data collected from home monitoring systems, that enables triggered intervention and care for the elderly to ease the reliance on healthcare providers.
Wildcard brief – for those start-ups with a great IoT, data-driven or smart solution that doesn’t quite fit into the briefs above, we also have a wildcard option.
- Application forms close: 14th February
- Fast Track days: 15th and 16th February
- Selection Days: 5th March
- Programme start: 19th March
How do start-ups apply?
The application process is easy and can be completed at https://cityverve.org.uk/open-innovation. Applications close on 14th February, so make sure you have completed your forms, ask any questions, and set time aside to apply.