Are you a South west-based startup looking to work with globally-recognised talent, in a world-leading research centre whilst gaining access to a network of potential investors? 

BT, the Telecom Infra Project (TIP), and Facebook have launched their third annual competition for start-ups in telecom infrastructure to join the UK’s TIP Ecosystem Acceleration Centre (TEAC) – a programme that aims to identify and incubate cutting edge telecom startups, accelerating product development through industry collaboration and investor support.

This year’s competition is seeking innovative startups offering services that can deliver business or social benefits by utilising Edge Computing or 5G Private Network Infrastructure.

Bristol-based Zeetta Networks were members of the previous cohort of the programme. CEO and founder Vassilis Seferidis said “Being part of TEAC has been instrumental to us as a business, accelerating our international growth and introducing us to many global connections that have helped our business to succeed. As Zeetta Networks continues to grow, we have strengthened our relationships with TEAC and look forward to seeing other businesses join the programme.”

Sound like you?

Winners will work with globally-recognised scientists and engineers at the BT Labs at Adastral Park, one of the world’s leading centres for telecommunications research, with access to BT’s network facilities, hardware and testing capabilities. In addition, they will gain access to potential investors, build their network across the TEAC global community, and raise their company’s visibility.

Interested companies should apply by 18th October 2019 via the TEAC UK website.

Entries will be judged by a panel of senior network and technology leaders from BT and TIP. The shortlisted companies will be announced at the TIP Summit in Amsterdam on November 12th-13th, and will then be invited to a final pitch event at BT Tower on Thursday 5th December, where the winners will be chosen.

Howard Watson, CTIO of BT, and a member of the TIP Board notes: “TIP is playing a crucial role in helping to tackle some of the big challenges in global connectivity, supporting innovation across the telecoms sector and opening up opportunities for companies with exciting ideas, regardless of scale. This year, we’re particularly interested in entries from companies who are using Edge Computing or 5G Private Network Infrastructure in innovative ways to create new business opportunities or benefit society.”

The TEAC initiative is part of the Telecom Infra Project, which was founded in 2016. TIP is a global community that includes more than 500 member companies, including operators, infrastructure providers, system integrators, and other technology companies working together to transform the traditional approach to building and deploying telecom network infrastructure.

This year’s competition represents the third wave of entries into TEAC UK. Last year, two companies; Tethir and Accelleran, were welcomed into the TIP community.

What do companies get?

The programme is virtual and over a 12 month period but companies who are successful get.

  • Support developing your solution with BT, utilising Adastral Park’s hardware and testing facilities where required

  • Work directly with BT & Facebook’s experienced research teams.

  • Funding to attend events internationally as part of the programme.

  • Tailored marketing and PR for the programme

Apply, here!