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Business Facilitation and Open Call

For: businesses and cities

Future Cities Catapult has built up a database of over 2000 companies in the Advanced Urban Services sector. This places us in the perfect position to match cities who need solutions to their challenges to businesses with the right skill sets to overcome challenges at scale.

How it works

We facilitate open calls and matching up through a four step process:

  • Scoping meeting to define your challenges / capabilities
  • Defining the open call format
  • Selecting the right providers
  • Preparing matching up events

Open calls work especially well when combined with urban hackathons. Get in touch to find out more.

Case study: Belfast business rates

With Future Cities Catapult support, Belfast City Council opened a challenge looking for innovative ways to maximise the income from rate-paying businesses. We brought an objective, human-centred approach to defining the open call, encouraging innovative solutions without overly defining the eventual solution, leaving room for innovation. Four companies were selected through the open call and two are currently co-developing their innovation in Belfast.

You can read more about the Future Belfast project in this case study.

Case study: Eurotunnel 2018

Eurotunnel partnered with Future Cities Catapult to identify the most relevant UK data businesses to provide predictive maintenance in order to improve management of its rolling stock.

Six UK companies and 12 from France were selected by Eurotunnel experts and invited to join an open-innovation event held in November 2018 at the Eurotunnel HQ in Calais, France. It was an opportunity for businesses to pitch their solutions in front of a panel of Eurotunnel rail experts. Future Cities Catapult helped the UK delegation prepare with pitch rehearsal, briefing seminar, and competition analysis. At the end of the day, three companies (two of them from the UK) were awarded an exclusive partnership with Eurotunnel to deploy their tech on their infrastructure.

Read more about the Eurotunnel project.

Find what you need

We have an extensive network of businesses and cities. If you want to tap into those or become a partner, get in touch connect@futurecities.catapult.org.uk.

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