The deadline for applications to enter our SME Growth Package Competition is just one week away.

Announced at last month’s AWS User Group Meet-Up, the competition prize package is designed to help start-up and small businesses scale, boost competitive advantage and innovative capabilities.

The fast-track growth packages, worth upto £10,000, include free hot desk and co-working space within Sensor City for six months, official membership status, credits for use of event space and access to specialist laboratories.

Successful businesses will also get access to Amazon Web Services’ Activate programme, which provides them with access to the technology infrastructure they need to scale and grow including credits, technical training, and wider business support.

Dr Joanne Phoenix, interim executive director at Sensor City, said: “Winning a growth package is a fantastic opportunity for start-ups and small businesses with a sensor and IoT focus to leverage the specialist equipment and technological expertise we have in-house at Sensor City.

“I’d strongly encourage anyone who hasn’t yet submitted their application to do so before 22nd February, to be in with a chance of winning valuable support to rapidly prototype their ideas and innovations.”

Companies looking to enter must fulfill the following baseline criteria:

  • Be a registered company of SME status.
  • Work within the sensor or IoT sectors.
  • Have an existing product or be looking to develop new ideas.

Submissions are encouraged locally, nationally and internationally and should be completed by 5pm on Friday 22nd February.

The judging panel, including experts from Sensor City, AWS, KTN, Pycom, University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, will then review all submissions and determine which 10 SMEs will win the growth packages.

To apply for the programme, please click here

Applications will be judged on:

  • The basis of the novelty of approach
  • An addressable market
  • Growth potential

For more information please read the Competition Notice

The Competition Terms and Conditions can also be found here

The mechanical, electronic, optics and software laboratories at Sensor City house state of the art machinery and equipment, in addition to a dedicated team of engineers and academics who are available to provide customers with technical knowledge and professional support on a commercial basis.

AWS is the cloud service division of Amazon Inc and works with some of the world’s hottest start-up and scale-up businesses, including Airbnb and Slack.

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