Current Opportunities in digital/tech sector

Here is a list of the current opportunities available for SMEs in the region. For regular updates, subscribe to our weekly mailing list by emailing You can find more information on our Smart City Alliance here.

Scale to New Heights with Tech Nation Growth Programmes

Tech Nation are delighted to launch applications for three of their most established and renowned growth programmes; Rising Stars 3.0Upscale 6.0 and Future Fifty 9.0

Whether you’re an early-stage business looking to boost your profile, or one of the UK’s fastest growing tech scaleups, they have the perfect programme for you. 

Deadlines vary between October and November.

Read more here.

WM5G: Briefings for round two of transport project funding

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) Round 2, in partnership with the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) and in collaboration with Innovate UK, will invest up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better connected transport or improve the eperience for travellers.

Read more here. 

5PRING 5G Accelerator – Green Innovation Challenge

5PRING is a new 5G Accelerator that Wayra has recently launched in partnership with West Midlands Combined Authority, Suez, O2, Deloitte, Digital Catapult and West Midlands 5G.

5PRING gives selected start-ups acceleration and pre-acceleration services (such as co-working space, 5G connectivity services, mentoring, access to the 5PRING partners networks and knowhow, training in entrepreneurship and business skills) in addition to these it also provides access to a private 5G network and testbed alongside technical expertise.

The Green Innovation Challenge has recently been announced.

Deadline 13th November.

Read more here.

Innovation continuity loans: Strand 2: October 2020 follow-on competition

Innovate UK can provide additional COVID-19 innovation continuity loans for the continuation of planned or existing innovation activity. Loans of between £250,000 and £1.6 million are available.

Deadline: 4 November 2020

Read more here.

Creative Informatics at the University of Edinburgh: Resident Entrepreneurs Round 4

If you are an individual or a small team that would like to develop a new product or service using data or data-driven technology, you can apply for funding of up to £12,000 to support your work. You must be based in and/or be undertaking work that has impact for the creative industries within Edinburgh and/or South East Scotland.

Deadline: 9 November 2020

Read more here.

SBRI competition – Modernising Energy Data Applications phase 1

Organisations of any size can apply for a share of £750,000, inclusive of VAT, to develop data applications that help to address core challenges faced in the UK. The aim of the competition is to develop data applications that address the challenges faced by organisations and individuals to deliver net zero local energy systems. Briefing recording now available.

Deadline: 18 November 2020

Read more here

Innovate UK Smart Grants: August 2020

Opportunity for UK registered organisations to apply for a share of up to £25 million from Innovate UK to deliver disruptive R&D innovations that can significantly impact the UK economy.

Deadline: 25 November 2020

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5G enabled road and rail transport trials in the West Midlands, round 2

West Midlands 5G (WM5G) are investing up to £2.5 million in innovation projects that develop a new service or product. These must improve road and rail operational efficiency, provide better-connected transport or improve traveller experience. This competition will support projects up to 12 months in duration. Your project must trial using 5G in the West Midlands.

Deadline: 2 December 2020

Read more here