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MK:U Start Up to Scale Up Programme

27th January 2021

This project will provide an Innovation Hub in Milton Keynes, known as the Smart City Living Lab. The hub will provide education and support to scale start-up businesses, with a specialist focus in smart city technologies via the MK:U Start Up to Scale Up Programme.

The project will provide technical equipment to fit out an Innovation Hub and Living Lab, consisting of a business incubator and maker space to be accessed by start-up businesses and SMEs through an education programme to support scale-up.

The hub will focus on smart city technologies including robotics, virtual reality, digital twinning, sensor technology, intelligent infrastructure, autonomous vehicles; drones; advanced communications. It will build on Milton Keynes’ reputation as a Smart City to leverage existing infrastructure, especially the MK:5G project. The hub will offer an education programme, providing:

  • advice to businesses on testing and scaling their idea
  • an urban laboratory where new products, software and ideas can be deployed
  • connections with start-up businesses with industry, investors and academia. 

Funding Stream: Getting Building Fund (GBF)
GBF Awarded: £2.435M
Total Project Cost: £4.935M
Project Status: Project approved by the SEMLEP board to complete by January 2022 
Projected Outputs: 290 businesses supported, 100sqm new R&D floorspace, 764sqm of new/improved learning floorspace, 500 learners supported, 5 new jobs.
Websitewww.cranfield.ac.uk/mku

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