Meet the four GeoTech start-ups with new technologies and new thinking that have been specially selected as the newest additions to Ordnance Survey’s corporate accelerator, the Geovation Programme. In less than two years since opening its doors, Geovation has welcomed some of the UK’s leading geospatial startups onto the Programme, from app makers improving the public’s fitness and access to sports facilities to big-data platforms revolutionising drone risk and insurance.
The latest intake to the programme are also keen to make their mark:
- Passive Eye– Producers of self-powered, GPS asset trackers. These units, which never need their batteries recharging or replacing, are used to track objects on the move and as an alarm for objects that shouldn’t be moved.
- Lie of the Land – Winner of the Geovation Underground Assets Challenge with an ambition to increase the visibility of underground assets amongst key stakeholders, increase operational efficiencies and reduce expensive damage to third party assets.
- City Seer– A new data and interface agnostic API for real-time urban metrics. City Seer enables more informed and faster decision making for urban planners, architects and developers as they design our future cities.
- Localistico– Digital Marketing platform that connects customers to businesses by providing business owners and chains the ability to edit their Internet profiles quick and easy. Current clients include El Corte Inglés, Foxtons, O2 and Starbucks.
The Geovation Programme provides up to £20,000 of grant support, on the expectation that participants dedicate a minimum of 20 hours a week working on their project. In addition to funding, the Geovation Programme provides a full curriculum of innovation modules to help participants develop their ideas. Whether they need access to experts from Ordnance Survey and the wider geospatial industry, business mentors to help make their proposals bullet proof, or senior developers who can help them build Minimum Viable Products to attract investors and early adopters alike, Geovation is there to support them.
Head of Geovation, Alex Wrottesley, says: “The Geovation Programme offers a valuable launch pad for new Geo-Tech businesses. We’re unusual in that we provide both funding, space and data, as well as access to experienced technical development capacity. It gives me a great pleasure to welcome these exciting businesses. We look forward to working closely with them over the coming months.”
Applications for the next intake of the Programme will open in July 2017. Watch this space for updates.