Through this competition, BT is looking for innovations that help people connect to their family, friends and communities through the use of smart devices, combined with applications in a more efficient way. The programme will target small start-up and scale-up businesses in the UK with new applications and services which can be used by BT’s UK customer base.
The winning company will receive:
- Mentoring: support from BT research, engineering, commercial and marketing teams to help develop their product or service.
- Support from BT to evaluate and trial the winning product or service.
- Six months’ membership of the TechHub entrepreneur community with flexible desk space at their main London office and access to events, coupled with the opportunity to learn from other innovators in the UK.
The winners of the competition will be selected by BT’s product and technology executives, with those who are successful receiving mentoring from BT.
Through this competition, BT is looking for innovations that help busy people stay and feel connected to their family, friends and communities. The telecoms company is encouraging would-be entrants to think outside of social networks and use smart devices combined with applications in a more efficient way. The programme will target small start-up and scale-up businesses with new applications and services which can be used by BT’s UK customer base.
The competition will give start-ups and small businesses the opportunity to present their ideas in a Dragons’ Den-style pitch to a panel of the company’s experts, who will choose the winners.
The winner will be mentored by the company and will become a member of the TechHub entrepreneur community for six months, in order to learn from other innovators in the UK. If the idea is deemed to be good enough, it will be trialled in real life scenarios.
This is the tenth Innovation challenge being run by BT’s Infinity Lab. The programme is part of BT’s Open Innovation ecosystem and aims to identify potential innovation partners. BT does not look to invest or take equity in the applicant companies as part of this process.
Although there are no specific exclusions cited within the programme guidelines, those wishing to apply are advised to liaise with the funding provider in the first instance to discuss eligibility.
Tech start-ups and small businesses in the UK that are working on smart devices and apps may apply.
Match funding is not a stipulated requirement of this programme.
BT is looking for new services that help families, friends and communities to share experiences, simplify lives and stay safe. Examples could be connected devices for different age groups, family safety apps, the linking of digital presence with the real world environment, also location information and services. They could include new ways of supporting or sharing life at home and on the go, or ideas to make the web more accessible.
Currently closed. The deadline for competition entries was 12 December 2016.
Details and deadline information for any future rounds will be reported when available.
Link to guidelines:
Applicants will be asked to complete a simple online form to describe their product or service, and optionally (but strongly advised) provide a short video which brings the customer experience to life.
Each submission will be reviewed by a team of BT product and technology experts. Short listed companies will be called for interview with finalists presenting to a dragons den of BT executives.
Further advice and assistance with submitting an application may be sought directly from BT Infinity Lab.