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Electronics, Sensors and Photonics (ESP) round-up

Posted on 14/03/2019

A round-up of upcoming KTN events for the Electronics, Sensors & Photonics community, including funding competition briefings. Updated 11th June.

Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies Competition

The Emerging Technologies Competition is the Royal Society of Chemistry’s annual initiative for early stage companies and academic entrepreneurs who want to commercialise their technologies to make a global impact. The competition is free to apply, with applications open until 5th July, and welcomes applicants from UK and Europe whose tech have a strong component of chemistry and falls in one of the following categories:

  • Health
  • Energy & environment
  • Food & drink
  • Enabling technologies

The eight winners of the competition will receive:

£/€ 10,000 non-dilutive funds
Support from competition partners: Croda, Unilever, Johnson Matthey, RSSL and Pfizer
Intensive business and pitch training at Cambridge Judge Business school
Technology summary under the winners tab on the Emerging Technologies Competition website
Press release with local news

To find out more and apply, click here.

EUREKA Collaborative R&D competition: Photonics for Advanced Manufacturing – up to £2m available

Innovate UK is investing up to £2m to fund UK businesses, Research and Technology Organisations and universities participating in collaborative projects conducting predominantly industrial research with partners from the EUREKA Network in Photonics.

The competition specifically addresses photonic technologies in order to improve processes and/or products.

More details about the participating countries, the in-scope photonic technologies, the in-scope industries and a link to the registration pages can be found here. The competition closes on 25th July 2019.

Our briefing event in London on 4th April was made available via webcast – you can see the recording of the webcast here.

DCMS Rural Connected Communities Project Workshops

As more social and economic activity, from education and healthcare to retail and business, takes place online, a lack of connectivity is an impediment to economic growth and social mobility in rural areas, whereas the economics of telecoms infrastructure deployment are challenging.

As part of the 5GTT Programme, DCMS is designing the new Rural Connected Communities (RCC) project, with the aim of building the business case for rural mobile connectivity (including 5G) by:

  • Identifying and testing demand-led coverage models;
  • Testing a range of innovative technical solutions and commercial approaches; and
  • Building and proving demand through new 5G use cases.

In order to help define how RCC can most effectively do this, DCMS, working with UK5G, is running five UK-wide workshops in June 2019. The insights gained from these workshops are expected to lead to a funding competition later in the year. The workshops are open to organisations and businesses who may be interested in taking part in Rural Connected Communities projects, including:

  • local authorities and other public service delivery bodies;
  • network providers;
  • technology vendors;
  • other organisations involved in the development, trialling and usage of applications, products and services.

Mobile Network Operators should not register for these workshops. There will be separate opportunities for them to engage with the project.

The workshops are taking place as follows:

17th June: Perth
19th June: Newport, Wales
21st June: Penrith
24th June: Belfast
26th June: Didcot

As we are expecting a high uptake, please register your interest well in advance.

The Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge is a worldwide renowned science & technology startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deep tech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies.

There are 14 categories for entry:
Aeronautics
Advanced Computing & Ai
Cybersecurity & Communication
Digital Health & Medical Devices
Drug Discovery
Energy
Environment
Food & Agriculture
Industrial Biotech
Industry 4.0
Medical Biotech
Mobility
New Space
Smart City

The best start-up in each category will receive €10,000,  with the overall winner receiving an additional €90,000.

Applications are open until September 13th 2019. To find out more and apply, click here.

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