Supporting SMEs


Supporting SMEs

BT

Around one million SMEs use BT’s services every day to do business and compete in the global marketplace. Fundamental to our business success is letting our customers fulfil their aspirations and create possibilities for themselves. The Connected Cities competition gives SMEs the opportunity to play a role in shaping in the cities of the future.

That’s why we’ve teamed up with Milton Keynes and TechHub to develop this competition to enable SMEs to share their ideas about the connected cities which are starting to emerge.

This year we are offering three prizes of £7,500, support to turn your idea into reality and money can’t buy membership at TechHub London to take your company to the next level.

And we are delighted that Cabinet Office will be part of the judging panel, helping to identify SMEs with ideas that could connect cities.

Milton Keynes

Milton Keynes is one of the fastest growing cities in the UK and a great economic success story.

However, the challenge of supporting sustainable growth without exceeding the capacity of the infrastructure, and whilst meeting key carbon reduction targets, is a major one.

MK:Smart is a large collaborative initiative, partly funded by HEFCE (the Higher Education Funding Council for England) and led by The Open University, which is developing innovative solutions to support economic growth in Milton Keynes. BT is one of the partners helping to make MK:Smart a success.

Central to the project is the state-of-the-art ‘MK Data Hub’ which supports the acquisition and management of vast amounts of data relevant to city systems from a variety of data sources. These include data about energy and water consumption, transport data, social and economic datasets, and crowdsourced data from social media or specialised apps.

Building on the capability provided by the MK Data Hub, the project will innovate in the areas of transport, energy and water management, tackling key demand issues.

TechHub

TechHub creates spaces around the world for tech entrepreneurs to meet, work, learn and collaborate, and runs a load of great events, advice sessions and more. They provide physical and virtual spaces that enable technology start-ups to work smarter, develop faster and increase their chance of success.

TechHub offers flexible workspace, access to an energetic community, the resources of a global company, the energy and shared knowledge of a tech conference and the buzz of a social networking event rolled into one.