*Entry deadline extended to midnight Friday 23rd August*
What is the Accelerator?
We are excited to announce the return of the TechFest Accelerator in 2019!
The TechFest Accelerator offers a unique platform for small firms to pitch their innovative solutions to the industry. We want to hear from small companies with big ideas who can change the industry for the better.
This year, we are delighted to have Mott MacDonald as official partners of the TechFest Accelerator. In 2018 they established Mott MacDonald Digital Ventures to create, partner with and invest in visionary businesses to drive digital transformation in infrastructure. The objective is to generate enhanced social, economic and environmental value by connecting innovation
Key to this is using deep understanding of the challenges that infrastructure owners face to help frame the questions and bring solutions enabled by today’s technology.
How it works
Five of the most innovative small firms in the UK will be invited to pitch their solutions live on stage at TechFest, in front of our Accelerator judging panel and the wider audience, who will put their questions to the pitchers before voting on their favourite pitch. The winner will be announced at the Festival gala dinner in the evening.
What we’re looking for
The entry process
Judges will be looking for innovations that are at early stage and are seeking a test bed to further prove the concept in a live environment.
The winner will be presented with the prestigious TechFest Accelerator Award and will then go onto a structured accelerator programme, working with Mott MacDonald and some of the UK’s leading infrastructure clients to take the concept through a test environment.
Selected runners up will also be invited onto the accelerator programme and will get to work with Mott MacDonald and industry clients to develop their concept.
Entry deadline: Midnight Friday 23rd August 2019
Shortlist announced: Tuesday 3rd September 2019
Live pitches: Thursday 26th September 2019
- Companies entering the Accelerator should have up to 150 employees.
- Solutions should be based on technology that has passed proof of concept stage but not yet in the marketplace at scale.
- Technologies must either already be connected with one of the five challenge areas or be suitable for adaptation to address those challenges.
- Entrants must own the IPR related to the solution. Where the solution involves partnering with others the relationship should be declared.
- Entrants must be willing to take part in follow-up activity with Mott MacDonald where a potential route to market is identified.