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Barnsley IoT accelerator programme launched

A first of its kind Internet of Things (IoT) pre-accelerator programme for South Yorkshire has officially been launched.

The project, based out of Barnsley’s Digital Media Centre (DMC), has been developed in collaboration between Connexin, Capital Enterprise and Barnsley Council through the Technology Ecosystem Acceleration, and Market-Making South Yorkshire (TEAM SY) project.

The “IoT Engine - powered by Connexin and DMC” programme will support up to 30 early-stage entrepreneurs and start-ups with their initial IoT solution concept. The pre-accelerator will enable prototyping through development and testing, as well as giving the cohorts guidance in technology adoption and business growth.

The partnership will provide successful applicants with specialist support from the Connexin team in developing solutions and taking them to market. They will also benefit from guidance on operationalising ideas and models.

As well as supporting the creation and support of the pre-accelerator, Connexin is deploying a dedicated LoRaWAN® IoT network in Barnsley to support businesses and entrepreneurs looking to test or deploy IoT solutions with dedicated IoT connectivity.

Ralph Varcoe, chief growth officer at Connexin said of the project: “As a technology company born and bred in the north, we are passionate about helping other digital businesses grow and thrive in the region, as well as making the area a flourishing tech hub.

“Working with Capital Enterprise and TEAM SY we can further support the tech ecosystem in South Yorkshire, as well as make a real, material difference to tech entrepreneurs, the world of IoT and the end-users of IoT solutions.

“We can’t wait to see what fantastic projects come out of this which will hopefully go on to create more digitally enhanced offerings in the area and beyond.”

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