£1.1m Boost for Open Data Innovation

Start-ups and small businesses hoping to build products and services from open data are getting the chance to apply for a new wave of Innovation Vouchers. The £5k vouchers are going on release through the Technology Strategy Board (TSB).

Vouchers are also available for business ideas in agri-food, built environment, energy water and waste, and space.

Open Data Innovators and Inventors can apply forf£1.1m of vouchers over the next two years. They will be allocated every three months, with25 availableeach quarter and they could be awarded to:

  • Small businesses looking to grow services and solutions using Open Data
  • New businesses looking to develop an idea into a working prototype
  • Specialist consultancies working on the integration of open data with other data sources to develop products and prototypes
  • Those offering intellectual property advice to businesses with ideas incorporating open data.

Welcoming the scheme, the ODI’s Commercial Director, Stuart Coleman said:

“A substantial part of our mission is to catalyse economic growth by helping new businesses with open data ideas. It’s great news that the TSB is giving an extra cash boost to businesses and start-ups. The sorts of companies and individuals working with us are passionate and innovative but sometimes lack the resources to get started. It’s excellent that there is now an opportunity for more of the ideas we see being generated to progress to the next level”.

Businesses and developers can find more information about the innovation vouchers here