Challenge Up IoT start-up programme open for entries

21 Dec 2015

Challenge Up participants at unBound Digital in London earlier this month, via Chellenge Up

Challenge Up, the start-up programme run by Intel, Cisco and Deutsche Telekom, is open for pre-registration.

Designed for early-stage internet of things (IoT) start-ups, Challenge Up is now in its second year, with the 12 finalists for 2015 featuring in the Start-up Gathering earlier this year.

Applicants from all over EMEA are welcome to apply, with winners spending time in Ireland to participate in countrywide events, as well as being based in the IoT Ignition Lab in Intel’s Leixlip campus.

Each of the three companies supporting the programme bring a particular focus to smart connected devices, with start-ups from a range of areas welcome.

Essentially all things IoT, this includes connected and smart solutions (smart home, smart city, smart energy, connected cars, wearables, Industry 4.0), information security, big data, analytics, connectivity and cloud computing.

One of last year’s participants, Lithuanian customer analytics company SEMSeye, lauded the benefits of the scheme.

“The most beneficial part of the week here in Ireland for us has been creating sales leads and opportunities and getting to make a number of new connections,” said the team.

“It has been great to engage with so many different people and Ireland as a small, very connected, place has been an ideal location to do this”.

The 12 2015 IoT start-ups finished up at unBound Digital in London this month, with next year’s applicants encouraged to check out the programme here.

Gordon Hunt was a journalist with Silicon Republic