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 Iain_Mansell@blackcountryconsortium.co.uk. You can find more information on our Smart City Alliance here.

Lab by Transport for Wales

Lab by Transport for Wales has launched a remote innovation accelerator programme, and are looking to help tech start-ups get their product to market and win a contract of work with Transport for Wales Rail. The programme will mentor and upskill candidates through weekly workshops and access to TfWR resources to help them develop an MVP. 

Read more here.

VocTech Seed Grant 2021

VocTech Seed provides grants of between £15,000 and £50,000 for projects that use digital tech in vocational learning. Projects must last from 3 to 12 months. 

Apply 21st January to 11th February 2021. 

Read more here. 

KTN’s Innovation Exchange

KTN’S Innovation Exchange in helping several organisations search for innovative solutions to real-world challenges. The challengers range from Artemis Technologies who is looking for battery systems for a zero-emission passenger ferry to the Department for International Trade who is collaborating with Indian city aythorities to find improve waste mangement practices. 

Check out the range of challenges here.

Innovate UK Smart Grants

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: 20 January 2021

Read more here.

New coaching opportunity through the Women in Innovation Programme

In June 2021, the Women in Innovation Programme awarded 18 women with monthly pro bono coaching sessions. 

Due to the success of the pilot programme, the coaching team have agreed to an ongoing special coaching package of 33% off their normal rates for a limited number of women within the Women in Innovation community. 

Read more here. 

City Innovation Fund

City Innovation Fund is a $3-million USD commitment to support cities as they embrace safe, inclusive micro-mobility. The fund seeks to expand and grow promising private-and-public-sector projects that imrpove road safety, parking, and the sustainablity of mirco-mobility vehicles and operations. 

Are you part of a non-profit, university, or business with the next great innovation in road safety, parking, or sustainablity?

Read more here.