Category Archives: Request for Startups

New SBRI for Flood Defences shows the world keeps turning

@deptinfra launches #SBRI challenge with £130K available for #emergingtechnologies solutions for remote monitoring of flood defences across Northern Ireland. Briefing 10th July https://t.co/1uiGa0tzPU @digicatapult @digicatni @innovateuk @matrix_ni @economy_ni @AI_NI @IoTBelfast pic.twitter.com/Ix5qcUaoAo — Sue McGuire (@sue_mcguire) July 1, 2020 SBRI represents an easy way for SMEs to get involved in widespread infrastructure and technology projects. My…

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How to make a corporate (or government) CIO butt pucker!

Rich Segal wrote this in 2006 and I’ve referenced it many times in articles, blog posts and presentations. The essence of the story is how there is world of opportunity around us. There are more tools now to build digital products than there ever have been and their accessibility has never been higher and the…

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Announcing DECODE: Tech for non-Tech Founders

For as long as we have been working in this sector, there have always been non-tech founders. People who have an idea, who can pitch, can attract investment and who can sell something that they might not be able to build. Despite my “technology” background, I put myself firmly into that category. While I can…

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When is government funding not “funding”?

The answer is – when it’s a contract. The US government has always had Scientific Research Based Interventions (and example is the programme running in Connecticut, but Northern Ireland pioneered the concept of “pre-commercial procurement”. Now, at first glance this seems like a terrible idea. – solutions being procured without access to the free market…

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Start Up Opportunites are Rife

Belfast is booming, tourists are at every city centre street corner jumping on a City Sightseeing Bus and there are many a crane on the skyline with more hotels and student accommodation popping up around town. In the mix of the Belfast boom, there is booming startup world: business startup opportunities are rife. The talent,…

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