Our recent GeoVation challenge resulted in four successful finalists being awarded a share of innovation funding to develop their ideas that addressed: ‘How can we help British business improve environmental performance?’
Whilst our challenge has now drawn to a close, you may be interested to learn that other funding initiatives do exist – such as the forthcoming ‘Solving business problems with environmental data’ competition, which is being launched by the Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), in collaboration with the Environmental Sustainability KTN.
We understand that this competition, which officially opens on 30 September 2013, aims to address many of the problems, themes and insights identified during the Environment GeoVation Pow Wow, so there are many parallels and similarities between the two initiatives. The TSB/NERC competition has allocated up to £3 million to invest in a number of business-led, collaborative feasibility studies which will establish the proof of market for environmental data-led solutions and should address a specific business issue from one of the following areas:
- Built Environment
- Agriculture and Food
- Financial Services
So, when recently asked to support the TSB/NERC competition we were delighted to accept. Our support started earlier this month, when we joined several other partners and data providers for the first in a series of road shows that have been designed to enable potential applicants to understand the nature and spirit of the competition, its intentions to make data accessible, and its timescales.