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IoT cyber challenge accelerator entry details

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CENSIS IoT cyber challenge accelerator 2020

The cyber accelerator competition is now closed

Five Scottish-based companies or individuals will receive 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.

This event is part of the Scottish Enterprise and Scottish Government supported cyber challenge programme, launched by Kate Forbes MSP at the 6th CENSIS Technology Summit.

Who can apply?

The accelerator is open to:

  • Companies with innovative plans to move in to or grow their presence in the IoT cyber security or resilience space.
  • Individuals with strong ideas and concepts – you may not be trading yet, but you’ll have a well-planned, clearly thought through idea for an IoT cyber security or resilience product or service.
  • Because of the way the programme is funded, these support packages are only available to organisations or individuals with an office or base in Scotland.


What ideas are we looking for?

There are no limits – we’re looking for ideas that can be applied to any sector or market. Examples might include:

  • Smart cities and towns
  • Precision agriculture and farming
  • Energy use/energy efficiency
  • Facilities management and building monitoring
  • Healthcare, social care and/or assisted living
  • Transport and logistics
  • Tourism
  • Manufacturing and/or Industry 4.0
  • Natural environment and environmental monitoring
  • Telecommunications infrastructure

What’s on offer?

  • Up to 10 days’ support from our skilled, industry-experienced engineering team over a maximum of six months (on non-consecutive days). We’ll work with each winner to tailor-make a support package.
  • Business development support from CENSIS, including introductions to third party support organisations.
    IP support workshop from Scottish Patent and Trade Mark Attorneys, Scintilla IP
  • Hot desking available on request (subject of course to national guidelines around home working and access to offices).

What’s the timeline?

The competition opened on 20th April 2020

As soon as your application arrives, our review panel will assess it. If we think it has potential, we can allocate one of the five support packages and start working with you immediately. We might want to have a short interview with you, via teleconference, before making our final decision,

The very last date to send us your application is 29 May 2020 but if you have an idea please don’t wait and risk missing out; send us your idea now.

Scottish Edge semi-final place

CENSIS will select an overall winner from the five winners of the support package. The overall winner will win a place straight 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

How to apply

We’ve tried to make it as simple and straightforward as possible but if you’ve any questions just email us with the subject heading ‘IoT cyber accelerator.

Download the application form
Read the competition rules

Key dates

  • 29 May 2020
    This is the last date to submit your applications. Remember that we review applications as they arrive, so don’t delay if you have an idea.
  • 12 June 2020
    This is the latest date you’ll hear from us. You may hear earlier if you apply earlier.
  • 25 June 2020
    Launch Event – All winners will come together on 25 June for a virtual launch, when they’ll be introduced each other and meet the partners and people who’ll be supporting them over the coming months.

Good luck with your application. We can’t wait to hear from you.

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