Digital Catapult announces IoTUK Boost partners – driving forward Internet of Things innovation

Link to official announcementHigh Tech Bristol and Bath CIC, together with Bristol SETsquared Business Accelerator, Engine Shed, and the University of the West of England (UWE, Bristol) are excited to confirm that we are one of the 6 Boost partners.

IoTUK Boost will aim to address barriers to entry into the IoT marketplace across the country, with the selected partners spanning from Bristol to Yorkshire. The initiative will look to drive experimentation and innovation in areas including healthcare, traffic and transport services, energy management and environmental sensing.

Dr John Bradford, CEO, High Tech Bristol and Bath CIC, said “Bristol and Bath are globally recognised hubs of technology innovation and entrepreneurship. This partnership between the global #1 university business incubator, a world class University, the leading innovation showcase space, and our own cluster support through Special Interest Groups, was a natural formation. This funding will support entrepreneurs, the IoT communities, and anyone that is interested in IoT through the test network; it’s a great addition to an already vibrant high tech scene.”

IoTUK Boost is funded by Government as part of the IoTUK research and innovation programme, underlining the importance of IoT for the UK’s digital economy. As part of IoTUK Boost, each partner will hold meet ups, open calls and training workshops to stimulate engagement with the test network for a minimum of six months. Partners will each aim to work with at least 10 SMEs or entrepreneurs, to help them to bring early stage IoT products and services to a commercial prototype stage, or early market release.

Minister of State for Digital and Culture Matt Hancock said: “The Internet of Things stands to benefit a great number of people as well as the wider economy. Due to the strong interest shown so far in this initiative, we have doubled the amount of funding available to give more entrepreneurs the opportunity to test their products. Boost will help to provide local infrastructure and support for promising IoT businesses to innovate and bring exciting new IoT products and services to market”.

Dr. Jeremy Silver, CEO, Digital Catapult, said: “Internet of Things is no longer a vision of the future, it’s here and transforming the world around us. By 2020 the IoT marketplace in the UK could be worth £20bn. Boost has a key role to play in making the most of this opportunity, and we are delighted to be working with our six selected partners from across the UK to achieve this. For the potential of IoT to be truly realised it is vital that we see regional IoT industry growth, and develop applications relevant for the local community.”

The other Boost partners are:

  • AB Open – an open source and technical communities consultancy that specialises in embedded and wireless systems;
  • Advanced Digital Innovation (UK) Ltd – a product development and technology innovation consultancy;
  • CW (Cambridge Wireless) – the technology community interested in the development and application of wireless and connected devices technologies to solve business problems;
  • Sensor City – a technical innovation centre which fosters the creation, development, production and promotion of cutting edge sensor technologies for use in a wide range of sectors;
  • The STFC Hartree Centre – accelerates the adoption and application of high performance computing, data science, big data analytics and cognitive techniques in industry. It is a strategic collaboration with IBM and is backed by over £170m funding from the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, all aimed at boosting big data research in the UK