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Catalyst is an intensive 10-week programme delivered in partnership with The Institute for Ethical AI running in Summer 2021 for tech businesses. The entrepreneurs selected to join the programme will receive weekly training and mentoring to strengthen the foundation of their business and get investment ready. To be eligible to apply, the business must be registered with Companies House and should be led by a Brookes student, graduate or staff member or an entrepreneur based in and operating from Oxfordshire.
Check out the video of Catalyst Demo day 2019 at the London museum of brands
Meet Harry Hall, one of our catalyst entrepreneurs, read more about his business One Cup
Got an idea? need business advice? meet with one of our mentors
Direct access to our extensive network of investors and partners
1:1 coaching with industry experts
Access to funded interns from Oxford Brookes
A bespoke training programme exclusive to Catalyst participants
Access to grant funding opportunities
Investment readiness training
Support to build leadership and management skills, resilience and an entrepreneurial mindset
Free annual membership to Enterprise Nation – The UK’s largest network for small businesses
Access to co-working space at BEHive (Headington campus) and ICE Qube (Wheatley campus) for 12 months
Applicants must be Oxford Brookes University students, recent graduates or staff members, or be a tech entrepreneur based and operating in Oxfordshire
You must apply as a team (minimum two team members per start-up)
At least one of the team members must be available to attend the programme each week
You must have an MVP with a clear value proposition. We welcome teams that have had success with customers.
The company must be registered with Companies House by the time applications close (April 2021)
You must be able to welcome an intern into your team for the duration of the programme
The company must be ready to trade or ideally having started trading
The four £10,000 prizes must be paid in a business bank account
The detailed schedule will be published soon.
The 10-week programme will start on Monday 17th May 2021 and end on Monday 19th July 2021. The weekly webinars and mentoring support will take place on a Monday each week. The pitching event to win one of four £10,000 prizes and impress our investor network will take place at the end of the ten weeks.
Tom Lawry, National Director for Artificial Intelligence at Microsoft will be talking about AI for Good in healthcare. This webinar is openly accessible.
Dr. Muhannad Alomari will be speaking about Tech for Good initiatives at Rolls Royce, specifically on their Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology that helps people with motor neurone disease (MND). This webinar is openly accessible.
Maria Luciana Axente, AI for Good lead at PWC will be talking about responsible AI, the relation between ethical AI and good business outcomes and how this can impact every one of us. This webinar is openly accessible.
Dr Kush R. Varshney, talking about the past 5 years of progress in Tech for Good initiatives at IBM, including tackling poverty and evaluating cancer treatments. This webinar is openly accessible.
Victoria Rege heads up Strategic Partnerships at Graphcore, working with key customers and leading Research & Universities AI engagements. Graphcore is a Unicorn in the UK tech world, with a $2.77 Billion valuation. Victoria will talk about developing strategic partnerships and advise our cohort on their next strategic step.
Natasha Lytton heads up brand, marketing, and network strategy at Seedcamp. Natasha will be presenting the 3rd module in Catalyst, focused on developing clear branding and market positioning.
Darren Thompson, Director of Sales at Spotify, will be joining the programme to provide a Sales Masterclass to our cohort. A closed session with the opportunity to ask questions at the end.
Arevinth V. Sarma, Venturing & Incubation Lead at Rolls Royce R2 Data Labs will be conducting a pitching masterclass session and provide feedback on the cohort’s pitch decks.
Jessica Rogers, business and executive coach, will be joining the programme in it’s penultimate week to talk about developing a 12- month action plan after Catalyst. She will be providing tips and tricks, and answering any questions.
Here is the list of start-ups which took part in the most recent edition of Catalyst and a short description of the product/service they offer:
ViewCue Consulting helps evidence, simplify and add certainty to property value, investment and planning judgements. Its data provides a platform that helps minimise conflict in the planning system, saving time and money. Above all, ViewCue gives new insight to value and income, helping to manipulate the visual appearance of proposals, using objective data, to give the best outcomes.
Apurba focuses on providing innovative solutions to some of the most pressing data analytics problems in healthcare, medicine and biopharma today. They are a diverse group bringing together multi-disciplinary expertise from around the globe in computer science, biopharma, medicine and finance.
Good Boost transforms swimming pools into therapeutic spaces using their specialist clinical technology. Their artificial intelligence-powered software delivered on waterproof tablets enables swimming pools to deliver therapeutic rehabilitation for a wide range of health conditions.
SHIFTE Ltd is a marketplace app that allows security companies and venues to hire temporary security guards instantly. SHIFTE also provides workforce management software for existing businesses to manage their internal workforce.
DigiVue is an app that can be used for online registration, attendance and engagement that can be used in schools and universities. These tools aim to engage with students in their lectures, but these also have potential as a stand-alone offering.
Finderr is an innovative way for the visually impaired to recognise individuals and find objects easily in their home, simply through their phones. Finderr is an automated object localisation, facial recognition and tracking system. An all in one system that empowers the visually impaired who strive for independence.
Skyscape Technologies Ltd markets intelligence for rooftops. They shift the value of rooftop space in cities from liability to higher-value assets. Their market is in urban cities to enable a wealth of opportunities for the property owners, lease holders, and the next generation of solution providers.
Tectonic IP researches and develops cutting-edge AI and Machine Learning technologies in order to measure, analyse and evaluate behaviour and decision making processes. It also provides comprehensive insights in order to accelerate Situational Awareness and enhance Decision Making.
BikeTrace Ltd is a service provider turning normal bicycles into smart bikes. The aim is to create an ecosystem of interconnected bicycles integrated onto smart grid. The analysis of cycling behaviour, through AI can provide useful insights into future planning of road infrastructure.
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