The Digital Catapult Centre Brighton approach to supporting business engagement is based on a model specifically developed to support the Digital Catapult Centre Brighton programme.
Stage 1: The first stage of the model (‘Wide-Angle’) ensures that the opportunity to engage with the testbed is open to the widest possible range of relevant businesses. This is to:
a) demonstrate constructive use of public funding
b) access diverse businesses to support effective collaborative interactions (and possibly innovations)
c) to help us to understand which specific areas of focus for the testbed might be the most fruitful.
Stage 2: The second stage (‘Focus’) is about bringing a structure to the engagement, identifying a specific sector, need or problem that participants can understand and work on.
Stage 3: The third stage (‘Zoom’) is about very granular activity designed to enable SMEs to connect to opportunities and, ultimately, to develop products or services for the market that leverage 5G technologies.
Each stage in the process is designed to deliver value to its participants, whether or not they continue to engage further. The model allows that SME participants can enter the process at any stage and also that viable ideas can also come out of each stage of the process.
Within the context of this specific project, we plan to engage a variety of SMEs throughout each stage and to use the new products and services generated by the innovation model to act as a stimulus - illustrating the potential value of 5G to a wider ecosystem of SMEs.