Each year we welcome new applicants onto our ODI Startup programme with the aim of supporting them to develop a sustainable business. So far, 30 ODI Startups have joined our programme, employ 185 people and have secured over £10m in contracts and investments.

The next application deadline for the programme will be 30 September 2016.

Why become an ODI Startup?

ODI Startups currently receive the following benefits:

  • Coaching and mentoring from external mentors and ODI experts
  • Regular events with other startups for peer-to-peer support (monthly dinner and monthly scrum)
  • Optional office hours available
  • Ad-hoc office space and meeting rooms
  • Access and speaking opportunities in ODI events including the ODI Summit plus ODI Members’ and ODI Futures events
  • Access to the ODI’s global network including ODI Nodes, data leaders from across the world, ODI Members and the ODI’s external stakeholders.
  • Discounted ODI training courses
  • Promotion through ODI channels (its website, events etc)

How it works

The ODI Startup programme is structured in three tiers, and each lasts three months.

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How to apply

We assess every application based on the following criteria:

  • Strength of the idea
  • Market opportunity
  • Strength of the team
  • Market timing
  • Potential scale
  • Use of open data
  • Social, environmental and/or economic impact
  • General enthusiasm

Please visit our ODI Startup programme application guide.

The application form can be found below and in this google doc.