Press Release: IoT Accelerator Programme Launch

[Barnsley, UK, 7 October 2022] – IoT Tribe announced the launch of the latest Internet of Things Accelerator, run in partnership with Barnsley Council, and fully funded by TEAM SY (Technology Ecosystem Acceleration, and Market-Making South Yorkshire) through the European Regional Development Funds (ERDF), Capital Enterprise and Barnsley Council.

The IoT Accelerator is a highly-selective, equity-free programme for IoT startups and scaleups from South Yorkshire and beyond with the ambition to scale-up and enable new efficiencies in industry.

While Manchester and Leeds usually dominate the tech headlines in the north, Sheffield and wider South Yorkshire have been quietly building a tech startup scene to rival the best in the country. The city now employs around 14,750 across 1,135 tech companies, and is home to several cutting-edge technology research centres, all of which contribute to the region’s growing reputation as a thriving place to grow a tech startup.

This is an exciting opportunity for startups from outside the region, to become part of the burgeoning scene of tech and digital start-ups, scale-ups and international businesses that is developing in South Yorkshire, a key component of the larger Yorkshire region which was revealed as the UK’s Startup Hub in 2021[1], fighting off competition from the East and West midlands to claim top spot.

Through a series of intensive capacity building workshops, mentoring sessions, in-person events in Barnsley and London, and the Tech Studios© to scope potential pilots with corporates, the programme aims to help startups and scaleups improve their market readiness, increase their product-market fit, and enhance their market visibility.

IoT Tribe are currently looking for 15 startups and scaleups with market-ready IoT technologies that enable a net zero future, optimise industrial operations, or bolster IoT network connectivity and resiliency to be part of the programme. Startups must register a physical or virtual presence in South Yorkshire to be eligible for selection.

The equity-free programme will commence in November 2022. It will be held in a hybrid format to maximise the impact and engagement of startups and scaleups. Applications are currently open till 19 October 2022.

This is our 5th programme with Barnsley Council, we look forward to the continued partnership, and supporting the growth of the South Yorkshire tech ecosystem through our programmes“ Tanya Suarez, Founder & CEO of IoT Tribe.

“We’re really excited to see what companies this IoT Tribe accelerator will bring through the programme. We’ve a fast growing tech ecosystem in the region and Internet of Things is a key technology area for many industries. Working with the wider TEAM SY programme, the companies will be coming into a welcoming and supportive environment, not just from the accelerator itself, but also from the wider support we have on offer in Barnsley and across South Yorkshire.” Tracey Johnson, DMC Manager, Barnsley Council

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About Barnsley Council and the DMC

The partnership includes Barnsley Council, and its DMC technology business hubs, home to a range of innovative businesses and programmes.

DMC is a home for creative and digital businesses, entrepreneurs, and anyone with a great idea. Based in Barnsley, we are an evolving community of spaces where global-thinkers and big dreamers can collaborate, make, and grow.

The DMC is home to over 50 businesses, and we also offer co-working space and our own MakerLab, home of this IoT Accelerator.

Our Makerlab is a dedicated facility for creating, making, testing and prototyping new products and ideas. As well as a range of kit, the Lab hosts demo days by experts & companies — showcasing the latest and greatest in tech.

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About Team SY

TEAM SY is a £4.6m ERDF part-funded project delivered by Capital Enterprise alongside delivery partner Barnsley Council that will directly support high-value digital and tech businesses to collectively raise over £20m in private investment and significantly increase the number of high value jobs in South Yorkshire.

About IoT Tribe

IoT Tribe accelerates the growth and adoption of disruptive technologies globally. As a trusted partner to corporates, government agencies, investors, startups, SMEs and other ecosystem players across industry verticals worldwide, IoT Tribe brings together communities where tech talent and partnerships can thrive.

We enable corporates and the public sector to disrupt the future through fast-track technology adoption and co-creation, data-driven insights, accelerators, strategic tech initiatives and programmes. We achieve this through a unique, highly collaborative and curated technology ecosystem that drives disruption. We offer our partners unparalleled access to technologies and partnerships that can fuel their businesses and startups access to an equity-free accelerator that will help them scale.


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