October/November/December 2020

MediaCityUK launches smart city innovation testbed

Digital venture builder and investment specialists UP Ventures Group, in partnership with MediaCityUK and The Connected Places Catapult, have announced a ground breaking Smart City accelerator programme. Focusing on people-centred technology, especially in the current health and economic climate, the ‘Smart City Innovation Testbed’ aims to find ground-breaking technology solutions that will positively improve the quality of life for people and businesses in a post pandemic world. Europe’s largest, digital, tech and creative hub – MediaCityUK and The Connected Places Catapult – are backing the programme aimed at UK based start-ups and scale-ups who have market ready technology solutions that aspire to help people live, work, play and learn in new innovative ways. The ‘Smart City Innovation Testbed’ offers an opportunity for progressive businesses to explore the role of places in the future, including, but not limited to: how technology can enhance safety in existing and new building design and positively enhance future business models.

The programme will take place from January 2021 and last 12 weeks; it will give successful candidates access to a unique testbed, including MediaCityUK’s world-leading technology infrastructure, and provide opportunities to pilot innovations within a real-life setting. The programme is fully funded and there is no equity exchange with any partner. Applications are now open and will close on 23 October.

For more information and to submit an application click here.