In 2020, CENSIS offered up to five Scottish-based companies or individuals a package of co-ordinated growth support over several months to help them accelerate an IoT cyber security or resilience product or service into the market.
The accelerator was open to:
There were no limits – were looking for ideas that can be applied to any sector or market. Examples might include:
This event was part of the Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Government supported IoT cyber challenge programme. The programme was announced by Kate Forbes MSP at the 6th CENSIS Technology Summit in 2019 to accelerate Scotland’s IoT capabilities.
Terms and conditions and entry details of this 2020 competition are here.
Edinburgh-based fintech company PolyDigi Tech will create software that provides reassurance of data ownership and control of IoT devices.
Support available to the winning companies
CENSIS worked with each winning company to tailor-make a support package which included:
The closing date was 29 May 2020 and applicants could have a 1-2-1 appointment with a member of the CENSIS Business Development team prior to submitting an application.
Because of the way the programme is funded, these CENSIS support packages were only available to organisations or individuals with an office or base in Scotland.
A place in the Scottish Edge semi-finals
CENSIS selected an overall winner from the five winners of The CENSIS IoT Cyber Challenge Accelerator Programme to go straight through to the semi-finals of the Scottish EDGE competition.
Scottish EDGE is the UK’s biggest business funding competition for businesses headquartered in Scotland with innovative, early-stage, high-growth potential ideas, offering loans and grants of up to £150,000 and a comprehensive business support package. The competition is very popular attracting around 250 entries to each bi-annual round of the competition with only around 50 of the initial entrants getting to the semi-final stage