Superstar Start-ups/SMEs wanted! CityVerve’s Open Innovation Challenge

CityVerve Manchester, in conjunction with Cisco, has announced the ‘Open Innovation Challenge’ to make Manchester a city of the future using IoT technology.

In a move that is highly demonstrative of a programme determined to instigate change and deliver results, CityVerve has opened applications to its Open Innovation Challenge, seeking start-ups and SMEs that are developing ideas and solutions that could “revolutionise Manchester”.

The challenge is seeks solutions under three key themes:

  • Energy and Environment
  • Health and Social Care 
  • Travel and Transport

However, if your “data-driven or smart solutions” don’t quite fit into these three themes, then you can still enter as a ‘Wildcard’. CityVerve’s openness to out-of-the-box thinking, and the solutions it can provide, has not only created a supportive environment for innovators, but has set a high standard in terms of its approach to achieving smart city objectives in a way that matches the pace of innovation in the sector. 

Eight “superstar” applicants will be chosen to take part in a highly collaborative “eight-week, world-class acceleration programme”, working with a consortium of the country’s leading innovators. Key benefits of the programme will include:



Applications will close on 14 February 2018 and the programme will begin 19 March 2018.

techUK is highly impressed by CityVerve's inclusive approach to deliver more to the citizens of Manchester, and look forward to seeing the results.


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