CW issues call for SMEs to take part in IotUK Boost Programme

As part of the IoTUK national programme to drive the UK’s IoT capability, CW (Cambridge Wireless) is looking for UK SMEs working on innovative Internet of Things (IoT) technologies and applications in health and social care.

 

CW has been selected as a local partner to deliver IoTUK Boost activities in the South of England, designed to support IoT innovation and adoption through workshops, clinics and business mentoring.  Companies have until 11 January 2016 to submit their applications.

Under the umbrella of health and social care, CW is keen to identify new ideas, products or services for assisted living, managing and monitoring long term conditions, telehealth and telecare. These may be indoor solutions for use in hospitals and the connected home or on-the-move solutions related to smart cities, smart transport, environmental monitoring or location tracking. To apply, organisations must have less than 250 employees and a turnover no greater than €50 million.

Up to 20 successful applicants will be selected to take part in two intensive one day workshops. For the second of these workshops the SMEs will be allocated to either the Surrey  Technology Centre in Guilford where the emphasis will be on ‘beyond the home’ technologies or Watershed in Bristol with the focus switching to ’in the home’ technologies. Here they will pitch their business propositions to problem owners and experts receiving specialist guidance and practical advice to assist in the acceleration of their product or service from idea stage to a robust and fundamental proposition.

CEO of CW Robert Driver said, “By the 11th January we want to see entries from SMEs who, with the right support and mentorship, can commercialise IoT technologies that will empower citizens, improve independence and save money. The IoTUK Boost Programme South England provides a unique opportunity to bridge the gap between problem owners and solution providers in the health and social care industry.”

Along with the significant exposure that will come with selection, all 20 SMEs will additionally receive one year Associate Membership with CW and one month virtual membership with SETSquared, allowing them to tap into both organisations network of investors and industry specialists.

After the workshops, up to four SMEs will be shortlisted for a further month of incubation support and mentoring as well as upgraded CW and SETSquared memberships. This includes the opportunity to be part of the Digital Catapult Contributor programme with access to hot-desking and meeting space across their centres, eight hours of support from IoTUK consultants, allocation of a physical exhibition space in the Digital Catapult Centre, creation of a promotional video showcase, a profile and interview on the IoTUK website and invitation to a networking event for IoTUK Boost winners, VCs and press. CW are also offering an exhibition space at next year’s Future of Wireless International Conference.

Confirmed partners assisting with CW’s delivery of the IotUK Boost Programme South England are IotUK, SETsquared Partnership at the University of Bristol with Watershed and the 5G Innovation Centre at the University of Surrey. More partners to be announced shortly. For full details and the entry form please visit: http://www.cambridgewireless.co.uk/iotboost/

 

About IoTUK www.iotuk.org.uk @IoTUKNews
Powered by the Digital Catapult and the Future Cities Catapult, IoTUK is a programme of activities that seeks to advance the UK’s global leadership in the Internet of Things (IoT) and increase the adoption of high quality IoT technologies and services throughout businesses and the public sector.

About CW (Cambridge Wireless)

CW is the leading international community for companies involved in the research, development and application of wireless & mobile, internet, semiconductor and software technologies. With over 400 members from major network operators and device manufacturers to innovative start-ups and universities, CW stimulates debate and collaboration, harnesses and shares knowledge, and helps to build connections between academia and industry. CW's 19 Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provide its members with a dynamic forum where they can network with their peers, track the latest technology trends and business developments and position their organisations in key market sectors.

CW also organises the annual Future of Wireless International Conference and Discovering Start-ups competition along with other high-quality industry networking events and dinners. With headquarters at the heart of Cambridge, UK, CW partners with other international industry clusters and organisations to extend its reach and remain at the forefront of global developments and business opportunities. For more information, please visit www.cambridgewireless.co.uk | @cambwireless

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For CW (Cambridge Wireless) please contact:

Abhi Naha, CW, 01223 967101, abhi.naha@cambridgewireless.co.uk 

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