Sponsoring Agency: 5PRING
Type of Fund: Accelerator, Incubation, Mentorship and/or Training
Deadline Available: Available
Deadline Date (mm/dd/yyyy): 05/07/2021
Size of the Fund: Not Available
5PRING has partnered with leading global infrastructure operator Ferrovial. The partnership is launching a new challenge for innovative startups and small businesses to shape the future of the construction sector.
The Future of Construction Challenge is now open for applications from businesses looking for support to use 5G to develop innovations in the sector. Successful applicants will gain access to cutting edge technology and private 5G networks, a tailored acceleration curriculum, coaching, mentoring and expertise provided throughout the programme from experts at Telefonica UK (O2), Deloitte, Wayra, West Midlands 5G and the Digital Catapult.
The Future of Construction challenge offers successful companies’ access to cutting edge technology via a private 5G network, a tailored acceleration programme, as well as coaching, mentoring and expertise provided by experts from Ferrovial and the 5PRING consortium partners Telefonica UK (O2), Deloitte, Wayra and Digital Catapult.
Applicants with 5G-enabled solutions which leverage augmented reality, computer vision, IoT, artificial intelligence and machine learning, and robotics, and are still relevant to the construction sector, are also encouraged to apply.
The Future of Construction challenge will provide startups and other small businesses with support in developing and scaling innovations targeted at the construction sector which harness the power of 5G to create a safe, dynamic and efficient construction industry, with a specific focus on:
• Health & Safety and security
o Health & Safety and Security are key at Ferrovial. In complex large-scale building sites it is critical to set up secure access control and operational monitoring systems with real-time response to minimise H&S risks. Ferrovial is looking for innovators to leverage the capabilities of 5G for the following use cases.
Flexible perimeter control and access monitoring systems for workers and vehicles
Real-time operational tracking and warning systems to ensure worker safety
o Currently different solutions are used including CCTV, sensors, wearables, as well as manual certification, but the turnaround is not in real-time and the system cannot be moved easily from one site to another. Ferrovial would be looking for devices and solutions that provides wireless and touchless verification and control, potentially leveraging mobile edge computer and computer vision, and real-time monitoring and response enabled by 5G to:
Check workers have the correct authorisation and PPE to enter the site, including entrance to high-risk areas and designated walkways, as well as to operate specific machinery.
Check vehicles or delivery trucks have the correct authorisation before entering the site, and following designated routes.
Ensure worker’s safe distance to machinery and real-time near-miss detection.
• Logistics and site operations
o Ferrovial is looking for innovative solutions that can leverage 5G connectivity to coordinate logistics and operations around the construction sites to optimise efficiency and accuracy through the following use cases:
Wayfinding: optimisation of tracking, management and distribution of construction materials arriving at sites.
Worker assistance: AR for remote site simulation and daily briefing.
Mobility: automated and autonomous vehicles for operations.
o The proposed solutions could leverage augmented reality, computer vision, IoT, AI and robotics to:
Allow for a seamless journey from booking to delivery of construction materials to the appropriate location, with real-time monitoring and adaptability.
Allow for visual simulation and verification during different phases facilitating project planning and progress reviews, for example during the initial construction phase to check the positioning of different infrastructure elements, such as roads or tunnels.
Provide wayfinding and enable enhanced proximity-based content.
Enable immersive point of work briefings to workers and increase workers engagement.
Improve environmental performance and monitoring of carbon footprint, air quality, noise contamination, etc.
Automation of certain workflows and operations.
• Other use cases
o Ferrovial is interested in transformative use cases and innovative solutions in construction and mobility, and welcomes applications from startups and SMEs with innovations in additional areas. These could include leveraging 5G to enable accurate, regular surveys of the construction sites and predictive maintenance of machinery, amongst others.
• Access to Wayra Investor Network
• Combined consortium Customer Network
• West Midlands 5G local Network
• Wayra Acceleration Service
• Digital Catapult Technical experts
• 5G Private Network and Testbed
• Access to a Dedicated: Accelerator Facility in the West Midlands
• Business Development with corporate partners
• Access to Wayra start-up offers
• £100k worth of consultancy from Deloitte
• Access to expert coaches and mentors
When they refer to “you”, “your”, “applicants” or the “participants” in these terms, they mean both the start-up and the person who is making the application to the Call on behalf of the start-up and any other founders. Before applying to the Call, you must make sure that you have the requisite authority to do so and can bind these parties in this way.
Before applying to this Call, you need to comply with the following requirements:
• Legal age: all founders shall be at least 18 years old with capacity to undertake legal obligations.
• Residence permissions: founders, and at least a majority of the team members, shall be fully dedicated to the start-up/project in the 5PRING Accelerator space. If the UK is not your country of residence, you will have to arrange all permissions, residence or working visas for that purpose according to UK regulations. Wayra UK and 5PRING accelerator consortium partners will not be responsible for arranging this for you.
• They are looking for later stage teams, disruptive start-ups or companies ready to scale-up: if you have an idea, an mvp, or traction /revenues, they want to know more about you.
• Incorporated in UK: your start-up has to be legally incorporated (before applying to the WAYRA UK program or afterwards, once it has been selected, but anyhow before signing the Agreement) in the UK (or exceptionally in another jurisdiction but subject to WAYRA UK and 5PRING consortium partners’ discretion).
• Trading in the UK: your start-up also needs to be actively trading in the UK and contributing to the UK economy.
• State Aid: as the Programme is funded by a government entity (West Midlands Combined Authority), state aid rules will apply. Any start-up selected will need to declare the amount of state aid they have received in the last 3 fiscal years in accordance with these rules.
• On Site Attendance: The programme is be based in the West Midlands (Birmingham, Coventry or Wolverhampton) and start-ups are required to have at least one founder present 3 days a week for the duration of the programme at the location in which they applied to.
How are companies chosen?
Companies can access the programme through one of two routes:
• Route 1 – Early-stage start-ups are invited to apply to the incubator where they will support you in developing a business plan and 5G technical plan. You will be able to pitch your solution to corporate partner for the chance to win a place on the accelerator programme. Deadline to apply is the 7th May 2021.
• Route 2 – Start-ups and scale-ups with innovative are invited to apply directly to the accelerator programme through an open competition. The start-ups will be chosen by an expert panel made up of the 5PRING partner organisations. Deadline to apply is the 14th of May 2021.
More information at: https://5pring.org/programmes/construction/