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The workshop system is designed to drive everyone’s understanding of what it takes to run a truly great business with public sector clients, covering both tech and business development areas.
As we expect to be dealing with businesses at different stages – from pre-starts through to experienced SMES – we’re going to develop a culture of intelligent engagement in which we’ll encourage the complete ‘beginners’ to attend everything, and trust the more experienced to come to the ones they can benefit from. The vast majority of the workshops are half a day or less – and many of these are two hours or under. This means they can often be scheduled early in the day or into the evening, leaving a full day for tech and business development work.
The system has been designed so that pre-starts and start-ups can build their knowledge as fast and effectively as possible, but also so established businesses can use it both as a ‘booster’ system, and a way to build deeper understanding of how to work with public sector organisations. It’s scheduled so that it creates a coherent and understandable narrative for the participants, and – being agile itself – the CivTech® pilot will adjust the workshop system in realtime to reflect the state of knowledge in the overall cohort.
Expectation of involvement – is it full time?
Some people have asked whether it’s mandatory to be at the accelerator full time. We’ve considered this and the answer is it’s not Monday to Friday 9-5. We do however expect a significant physical presence at the accelerator from each business on it, but we’re flexible and know that this can translate differently for different companies – particularly those outwith Edinburgh. This is something we can discuss as companies move through the stages.
The benefits will be huge. Every week there’ll be people coming in to make connections with: mentors, public sector organisations, funders, investors and major tech players. You’ll be sharing the space with other extremely talented businesses with skills, knowledge and experience that are different to your own, and because no-one’s competing with each other, willing to share things in a collaborative manner. Plus three months of building a real relationship with your own Challenge Sponsor – so that come demo day you may well have your first/next major contract in the bag.
And in particular, we want to test the cross-pollination of innovation between 6 talented companies. What might be the ‘collider-effect’ when those working on the air quality/ flood warning develop solutions in close proximity with those working on the A9 challenges? The whole point of this pilot is to create the environment for talented businesses to come up with solutions – and what if as a result something unthought of does come out of it? New products might be created and other opportunities to deliver better public services will have emerged from it.
You get what you put in: a significant presence offers significant new networks, leads, knowledge, insight and contract opportunities.