Made Smarter Technology Accelerator: designed for industry, made real by innovators

The Made Smarter Technology accelerator is looking for startups and scaleups developing solutions or products across future networks, immersive, artificial intelligence or distributed ledger technologies to join forces with some of the UK’s leading manufacturers to aid recovery, improve productivity, increase market capitalisation, export growth and ] accelerate sectors towards industrial net-zero.

Successful startups have the chance to access up to £20,000 in funding, receive support from industry experts and the opportunity to work directly with Sainsbury’s, GAF, Safran Landing Systems, O’Neills, Northumbrian Water Group, BAE Systems or Babcock, to address a real world industrial challenge.

Delivered by Digital Catapult, funded by UKRI through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, as part of the national Made Smarter movement, the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator is a national programme set to fast forward and shape the UK’s technology adoption directly into industry – driving innovation within manufacturing across four technology layers: future networks, immersive, artificial intelligence and distributed systems.

Applications are open now:

Digital Catapult & UKRI are holding Made Smarter Technology Accelerator Innovator briefings:

General overview – 12th Jan | 13:30 – 15:00

This innovator briefing will present the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator programme, a 12-week acceleration programme designed for startups to develop industry-ready prototypes to some of the most prevalent industrial challenges set by the UK’s leading manufacturers.


Challenges overview: 14th Jan | 13:30 – 15:00

The second in the innovator briefing series will present the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator and Industry Challenge Owners from seven leading UK industrial companies and manufacturers: Babcock International Group, BAE Systems, GAF, Northumbrian Water Group (NWG), O’Neills Irish International Sports Company Limited, Safran Landing Systems and Sainsbury’s.

Each challenge owner has set unique challenges for startups to develop technology prototypes, this webinar will offer interested startups the opportunity to discover more about each Challenge Owner and the opportunities to work together on the programme.