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Connected Cities Mission: entrepreneurs join delegation to India

Innovate UK is helping entrepreneurs and small businesses to break into the multi-billion pound connected cities market in India.

An event at the Connected Cities Mission in Kuala Lumpur in March 2016
An event at the Connected Cities Mission in Kuala Lumpur in March 2016

Entrepreneurs look to exploit smart cities markets

Entrepreneurs look to exploit Indian smart cities markets

Next week, 11 successful entrepreneurs will join the Connected Cities Entrepreneurs’ Mission to India. This major UK-India initiative will take place between 6 - 12 November.

Delegates will attend the high profile India-UK Tech Summit in New Delhi. They will visit other cities including Pune and Kochi. They’ll also have the chance to pitch to potential customers, partners and investors.

Ruth McKernan, Innovate UK Chief Executive, announced the companies taking part. She 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.

Companies taking part in the trade mission

These are the companies and their innovations:

  • SeeQuestor, London - a platform for efficient review of large video datasets for law enforcement
  • Cascade3d, Cricklade - an Internet of Things analytics platform to support independent living for people with long term cognitive and mobility impairment
  • Bronze Software Labs, Telford - specialises in solving complex data problems for enterprises working in the energy, water, waste, building management sector
  • Citi Logik, Leighton Buzzard, 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 - a London-based start-up developing connected 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 citizens, businesses, city authorities and service providers
  • NquiringMinds, Southampton - uses AI powered analytics, data sharing and secure IOT technologies to run cities smarter
  • See.Sense, Northern Ireland - produces patent-pending sensor technology to crowdsource smart and future cities data
  • Gaist Solutions, Lancaster - provides detailed understanding of highways infrastructure via hi-tech mobile video systems and state-of-the-art deterioration and investment modelling systems
  • Briteyellow, 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

About the Connected Cities Mission

The mission is a joint initiative between Innovate UK, the Department for International Trade (DIT), Enterprise Europe Network, and the Future Cities Catapult. It will form part of a series of UK-India missions organised by DIT to tie in with the India-UK Tech Summit.

Peter Madden, CEO at Future Cities Catapult commented:

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.

See what companies did on the Connected Cities Mission to South East Asia in March 2016

Connected cities mission 2016 - UK businesses look to expand to South East Asia

Published 6 November 2016