• Status: Closed

  • Key features: Innovate UK is offering 6 businesses up to £30,000 (excluding VAT) each to encourage innovation in the sharing economy, across the themes of trust, tourism and travel, opening up new sectors, home improvement, construction, and data and analytics.

  • Programme: IC tomorrow

  • Award: Up to £30,000 for each project

  • Opens: 07 Mar 2016, 09:00

  • Registration closes: No deadline

  • Closes: 12 Apr 2016, 12:00

  • Support phone number: 0300 321 4357

Digital innovation in the sharing economy

Summary

Innovate UK is offering 6 businesses up to £30,000 (excluding VAT) each to encourage innovation in the sharing economy, across the themes of trust, tourism and travel, opening up new sectors, home improvement, construction, and data and analytics.

The contest

Through our IC tomorrow programme, we are looking for proposals from companies with innovative digital ideas relevant to the sharing economy. The companies will not only benefit from funding, but also have the opportunity to collaborate with commercial partners to accelerate development of their technologies.
 
We want to see digital solutions with potential appeal to a wide commercial market. Successful applicants will be expected to trial their proposed solutions with their industry partners for at least
3 months.

The challenges

We are looking for innovative solutions to address one of our 6 contest challenges within the themes of trust, tourism and travel, opening up new sectors, home improvement, construction, and data and analytics. The solutions should explore ways of stimulating growth in digital innovation in the sharing economy.
 
 

Challenge 1

 

Trust in the sharing economy
Partner: Sharing Economy UK
 

Challenge 2

 

Next-generation tourism and travel in the sharing economy
Partner: Airbnb
 

Challenge 3

 

New sectors for the sharing economy
Partner: Nesta
 

Challenge 4

 

Sharing innovation in home improvement
Partner: Kingfisher (owner of brands such as B&Q and Castorama)
 

Challenge 5

 

Sustainable construction
Partner: Crossrail
 

Challenge 6

 

Data and analytics for sharing economy cities
Partners: Peterborough City Council and Cranfield University
 
 
See the competition brief for full details. 
 
NOTE: Standard guidance rules do not apply to this competition, please refer to specific guidance.

Key dates

Contest opens Monday 7 March 2016
Briefing event Wednesday 16 March 2016 – London
Submission deadline noon Tuesday 12 April 2016
Finalists notified Friday 6 May 2016
Practice pitch sessions held in London

Tuesday 10 May 2016 – for all finalists

Monday 16 May 2016 – one-to-one sessions

Tuesday 17 May 2016 – one-to-one sessions

Final panel session Thursday 26 May 2016
Winners announced Friday 3 June 2016
Trials launched spring 2017

 

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