Funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund as part of the Digital Catapult Smart Nano Accelerator Programme, this challenge led accelerator programme pathway will offer participants the chance to:
During the 16 week programme, participants will be supported by Digital Catapult’s innovation and technology team on their PoC journey, including access to 1-2-1 mentoring and testbeds. The companies will also have the opportunity to apply and pitch for the £75,000 in grant funding by Techstart Ventures.
At the end of the 16 week period, having created a proposal for a solution to address the specific business challenge identified by Seagate or the generic open challenge, participants will take part in a Demo Day in May 2024 to present this PoC to industry experts and peers.
The applications will be judged by a panel, and the winner of the £75,000 will be announced.
Applications close at 23:59 on 3rd December 2023.
The Manufacturing Innovation Challenge offers the following benefits to Northern Ireland companies:
Training in photonics, internet of things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) technologies, their industrial application, use cases and market potential.
Global experts in photonics, the internet of things (IoT) and data science
Training in innovation methodologies and tools, as well as business challenge and opportunity mapping.
Networking and learning opportunities from peers in the same and similar fields
This offering is designed for manufacturing startups, small and medium enterprises and corporates based in Northern Ireland.
It will be of relevance to those with an interest in learning about, adopting or expanding the use of advanced digital technologies to address specific business challenges.
The initiative would also be of benefit to companies adjacent to manufacturing – for example, supply chain, logistics.
Please note that the programme requires at a minimum the attendance of two people per company at each session).
The time commitment for participants will be up to 40 hours over the 16 weeks (Jan 2024 – April 2024).
This will include attending masterclasses, innovation support and 1-2-1 mentoring from technologists. The programme will be hybrid, with physical access to testbeds required.
Participation in the initiative is free and funded by UK Research and Innovation’s Strength in Places Fund.
Applicants must also be able to demonstrate that they meet De minimis state aid rules for receipt of the additional grant funding of £75,000 from Techstart Ventures.
Applications close 3rd December 2023.
Please note you will have to create an account to complete your application.