Entrepreneurs and local start-up firms with cutting-edge new products are now being invited to apply to join the first ‘GCHQ Manchester Engineering Accelerator’ which will run for three months.
Manchester has a strong innovation ethos built on the city’s unique engineering heritage. The Accelerator will help start-ups rapidly develop their products and businesses through a creative support programme delivered by Wayra UK and connect GCHQ with the vibrant Manchester tech scene.
The programme will give up to six start-ups time with world-class personnel and technological expertise from across GCHQ, enabling them to expand their capability, improve their business and further develop their cutting-edge products.
The programme will be delivered by Wayra UK, part of Telefónica Open Future, and the selected start-ups will receive benefits to help them scale all aspects of their businesses, including office space, mentoring and contact with an extensive investor network. We are also partnering with Cisco, the worldwide leader in IT and networking; and Manchester Science Partnerships (MSP), the UK's leading science park operator to deliver the programme.
We are looking for companies who are using novel techniques to solve real problems - from individuals at home to the world’s biggest companies.
We also want the next-generation solutions that are faster, better and cheaper than existing ones. However, they must solve a known problem – we are not looking for research proposals, but ideas that make a difference now.
The programme will invest in and accelerate start-ups tackling engineering challenges across selected focus areas: