A major UK-India initiative will take place in November with entrepreneurs and small businesses taking part with the aim of breaking into the multi-billion pound smart cities market in India.
Eleven successful entrepreneurs are joining the Connected Cities Entrepreneurs Mission to India between 6-12 November. This includes attending the high profile India-UK Tech Summit in New Delhi, visiting other cities including Pune and Kochi, and pitching to potential customers, partners and investors.
The Mission is a joint initiative between Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade, Enterprise Europe Network, and Future Cities Catapult and will form part of a series of UK-India missions organised by DIT to tie in with the India-UK Tech Summit.
It is vital that UK innovators look to engage globally in developing new partnerships and market opportunities.
Announcing the companies at Innovate 2016 today in Manchester, Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive of Innovate UK said: “It is vital that UK innovators look to engage globally in developing new partnerships and market opportunities. The size of the opportunity from the Indian smart cities market is immense with £24 billion investment expected across 100 cities over the next five to seven years.
“UK small businesses are very well placed to take advantage of this market, and this is why we are running our next entrepreneurs’ mission to India and the India-UK Tech Summit.”
Peter Madden, CEO at Future Cities Catapult said: “At Future Cities Catapult we support high-growth businesses to innovate city-wide solutions. By supporting UK entrepreneurs to participate in Indian trade missions, we’re increasing the export potential of these UK SMEs and at the same time helping Indian cities tackle the challenges of a rapid urbanisation.”
The following companies are taking part in the Connected Cities Entrepreneurs’ Mission:
· SeeQuestor Ltd, London – platform for efficient review of large video datasets for law enforcement
· Cascade3d, Cricklade near Swindon – IoT Analytics platform for the healthcare sector to support people living independently with long term cognitive and mobility impairment such as dementia and intellectual disabilities
· Bronze Software Labs Ltd, Telford, Shropshire – company specialising in solving complex data problems for enterprises working in the energy, water, waste, building management sector
· Citi Logik, London – provides insight into the way people move on foot, in a vehicle or by train, using new ways of identifying and analysing demand activity.
· Ignius Ltd, – a London based start-up focussed on developing IoT products and solutions
· Design 4 Social Change, a London based urban technology innovation company creating products and services combining human and machine intelligence to co-create smarter cities with cities with citizens, businesses, cities and service-providers.
· NquiringMinds, Southampton – use AI powered analytics, data sharing and secure IOT technologies to run cities smarter: their technology is used to plan infrastructure for growing cities, to run health, social care and waste services more efficiently, and generate revenue by analysing business rates. Through data they generate value.
· See.Sense, Northern Ireland – produces patent pending sensor technology to crowdsource smart and future cities data.
· Gaist Solutions Ltd, Lancaster – providing detailed understanding of highways infrastructure via hi-tech mobile video systems and state of the art deterioration and investment modelling systems
· Briteyellow Ltd, Cranfield – pedestrian smart mobility software-as-a-service platform (SaaS) for Indoor Location and Internet of Things applications
· Calipsa, London – building state of the art AI algorithms to automate CCTV based video surveillance that have been done manually by people located in control rooms.