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Ireland’s first dedicated 5G/IoT accelerator programme is open for applications

Pictured (l-r) is Tom Flanagan, Director of Enterprise and Commercialisation, UCD; Max Gasparroni, Vodafone Ireland’s Interim CTO; John Griffin, Managing Director, Ericsson Ireland and Anne O’Leary, CEO, Vodafone Ireland. (Naoise Culhane Photography).

Entrepreneurs can now apply to take part in Ireland’s first dedicated 5G/IoT Accelerator Programme.

The programme, a collaboration between Vodafone, Ericsson and NovaUCD, was announced as part of the launch of Vodafone Ireland’s first live 5G network site for commercial use in Dublin’s docklands in late 2018.

Over a 10-week period, starting in May, the accelerator programme will offer 12 entrepreneurial teams the opportunity to validate the commercial potential and technical feasibility of their 5G/IoT network-enabled products and services.

A briefing session on the new Accelerator programme will be held on 16 April (11 am – 1 pm) in the Ericsson Software Campus, Athlone. Guest speakers at this session will include Laura Turkington, Senior Manager, Global Innovation and Business Development, Vodafone.

The deadline for receipt of completed applications is 26 April (12 noon). All applications received will be reviewed by a panel comprising commercial, technical and start-up experts from Vodafone, Ericsson, and NovaUCD.

A number of teams will be shortlisted to pitch to a panel of experts on 14 May in Dublin after which up to 12 teams will be selected to participate on the programme which will take place at NovaUCD.

The accelerator programme will start soon thereafter and will be completed by the end of July. A final pitching event will then take place in early September.

Further details on the 5G/IoT Accelerator Programme, including a link to the application form and to register interest to attend the briefing session in Athlone on 16 April are available via this link.

For further information on the programme contact email

Bethan Grylls

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