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IoT innovators ThingTrax and Doordeck on the up following Startupbootcamp appearance

Two Internet of Things (IoT) startups in the capital have entered into new industry partnerships and pilot programs after appearing at a major new IoT event in London.

ThingTrax and Doordeck, both currently based out of the IDEALondon co-working space in Shoreditch, have just completed a three-month accelerator programme with Startupbootcamp which culminated in yesterday’s demo day.

The programme, which is backed by Innovate UK and IoTUK, saw nine startups benefit from mentorship and guidance from industry experts before pitching to over 300 investors and partners at yesterday’s event.

Following the inaugural programme, both East London firms have entered into new pilot programmes to accelerate the commercialisation of their IoT technologies, joining others on the accelerator who developed further prototypes of their innovations.

ThingTrax, which is developing connected device monitoring and sensors for manufacturing, is set to launch its third pilot initiative with an unnamed plastics manufacture in February.

Meanwhile, Doordeck will see its access control hardware and software infrastructure, which allows smartphones to function in the same way as proximity access cards, installed at a ‘prominent office building’ at One Canada Square.

Following yesterday’s demo day, the programme’s Managing Director, Raph Crouan, commented: “In the past three months we have been working alongside nine startups who really are making the future. Each team blends high-quality engineering and technical ability with strong business experience, something which is essential to any startup pushing IoT forward.

“They’ve worked very hard but this is just the beginning for them. We’re looking forward to supporting them in the coming years and will be working hard in the next few months to help them secure their first round of funding and grow their customer base through successful pilot programmes and corporate partnerships.”

The government’s investment in the programme is part of a wider push to drive innovation and commercialisation in the IoT sector.

The sector, along with other areas such as smart vehicles and robotics, has received added impetus after it was identified as one of the focus points of the government’s Industrial Strategy, the details of which were revealed on Monday.

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