South West Tech News #5

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Bristol & Bath secures £3m for 5G trial to boost business

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Source: TechSPARK 2021

The West of England Combined Authority (WECA) has secured over £3m from the Government to test how the country can get the full benefits of 5G to help businesses harness the power of modern technology. The 5G logistics programme will develop 5G products and services to support operations at Bristol Port and Gravity Smart Campus and demonstrate a smart and dynamic port environment.

This project will focus on security, traceability, and real-time tracking of goods within and across extendable virtual boundaries- and between public and private networks.

Source: TechSPARK 2021

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Karshare hits £1m equity crowdfunding goal

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Source: TechSPARK 2021

The community car-sharing platform, Karshare, has hit £1million fundraising target through its equity crowdfunding campaign on Seedrs and is now overfunding. With over 435 investors to date and the current total standing over £1.3 million, the campaign is not due to close until mid-January. Karshare was launched in 2020, and they enable people to rent out their car to others in their community-fully insured and covered for breakdown, using keyless technology.

Karshare have been dubbed ‘the Airbnb for cars’, offering car owners the opportunity to increase their household income by up to £550 per month.With hundreds of thousands of people now working from home during the pandemic, and no longer doing the daily office commute, the idea of renting out their car has become even more appealing to many car owners.

Source: TechSPARK 2021

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Tech firm lands £250k grant to develop homeschooling software

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Source: Business Live 2021

Custom software firm CoreBlu has received a £250,000 grant to develop software that allows teachers to deliver classes remotely. With schools closing due to the pandemic and third national lockdown, they have received substantial backing from Innovate UK, the country’s innovation agency.

The grant will be used to aid the development of cutting-edge EdTech software CreatED, a tool that allows educators to easily use existing teaching assets such as PowerPoints and worksheets to deliver lessons remotely either live or as pre-recorded video.

Source: Business Live 2021

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Devon student support firm snapped up by North East tech specialist

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Source: Business Live 2021

A Devon-headquartered student support firm has been acquired by a national disability and mental health technology specialist with a plan to reach new markets. Tavistock’s Amano Student Support has been snapped up by the North East’s eQuality Solutions (eQS), expanding the combined organisations’ capabilities to offer a complete end-to-end service for students with disabilities across the UK.

eQS plans to invest in and provide greater security to South West-based staff, launch new products and expand the reach of existing services at Amano.

Source: Business Live 2021

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