We're thrilled to announce TechHub is partnering with BT to offer an amazing opportunity for tech startups: the BT Infinity Lab programme.
Innovative tech products developed by entrepreneurs will be brought to a wide UK audience through BT�s expertise and promotional might. BT is working with TechHub to give the tech startup community a massive boost.
The first opportunity invites innovators to present product prototypes that take advantage of superfast household broadband, but each programme will have a different tech focus. BT is looking for new applications and services that can be marketed alongside BT�s existing products, reaching millions of UK consumers.
Those chosen will receive six month�s support from BT including access to knowledge and expertise from all divisions including research and development, engineering, legal and marketing, as well as membership at TechHub�s sold out community space in the heart of East London�s �Tech City�, offering business support, workspace and an international community of entrepreneurs exclusively for the tech industry.
As part of the partnership, BT will be launching the BT Infinity Lab showcase at one of TechHub�s London spaces. This will highlight how broadband is an enabler for economic development through BT�s latest technology and products from startups selected through the Infinity Lab programme.
Jean-Marc Frangos, BT�s MD External innovation said:
At BT, we embrace an open innovation approach, working with industry and academic partners to diversify our product and service offering and develop new customer experiences. With this partnership, we are pleased to further extend our global innovation network and actively engage with the tech startup community.
Elizabeth Varley, Founder and CEO at TechHub, said:
Partnering with BT gives TechHub an unmissable opportunity to offer to tech startups. Working with BT gives entrepreneurs the chance to test their innovations with a major partner, receive specialised help and advice, and take advantage of the huge promotional reach offered by this bastion of British business. For UK startups or those wanting to enter the UK market, it�s an opportunity that�s usually hard to come by without partnerships like this one between TechHub and BT.
Communications Minister Ed Vaizey welcomed the initiative. He said:
TechHub and BT are to be congratulated on this brilliant initiative which will result in exciting new products and prototypes, helping all UK internet users to make the most of all the benefits superfast speed has to offer.
To find out more, including how you can get your startup involved, register now for our event on 22nd October.
Image shows: Bertrand Mazieres, Head of Innovation Consulting, Andrew Haworth, Strategy Director - BT Retail, Elizabeth Varley, Founder & CEO of TechHub, Andrew Tibbitts, Project Director, TechHub and Will Pryke, Director of Operations - BT Breakthrough Innovation.