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£75k Proof of Concept Grant Competition


The Details

Techstart and Belfast Harbour are inviting Northern Irish based entrepreneurs with relevant concepts to compete for £75k of funding, plus access to an environment to develop leading edge solutions in the Lone Worker and Industrial loT environments. The closing date for applications is 5pm Tuesday 20th October 2020.

An information Session was held on Wednesday 23rd September watch it HERE.

The winner will receive:

  • £75k of Grant Funding from Techstart
  • Belfast Harbour will provide you with the environment to develop, refine and test your innovation.
  • Package of support from BT including access to 5G network and expert support.

What are we looking for?

Innovative concepts in the areas of Lone Working & Industrial IOT

Lone Worker

The Harbour Estate covers an area of 2,000 acres with various working environments. Areas of innovation that applications might include are (but not be limited to):

  • Worker Biometrics;
  • Checking In/Out;
  • Tracking movement;
  • Tracking workflow; and
  • Safety in dangerous situations.

Industrial IoT

The Port of Belfast has a significant stock/investment in cranes and material handling equipment used by Port employees and third parties. Areas of innovation that applications might include are (but not be limited to):

  • Usage stats and productivity;
  • Maintenance and prediction of same;
  • Third party usage/stevedoring and usage/rental type reconciliations;
  • Location; asset tracking; and
  • Health and safety including the qualifications of users.

Ideal Application

  • A pre-commercial start up team/individual.
  • An ideal solution would be able to deal with diverse communication environments.
  • The solution would also have the potential to be incorporated into a wider Portwide 5G wireless network.
  • The successful applicant is expected to demonstrate an understanding of Lone Working/Industrial IOT solutions currently available in the market today

Competition Schedule

  • 20th October - Closing date for Applications (5pm)
  • w/c 09th November- First Pitch *
  • w/c 23rd November - 121 Sessions *
  • w/c 30th November - Final Pitch *
  • w/c 7th December - Award *

*Final Dates TBC