NEWS » 19 May 2015 will see the launch of Open Data Incubator, a Europe-wide open data startups programme. The programme will include awards of up to €100,000 per company, expert advice from business mentors, peer-networking; media exposure; and introductions to business angels and venture capitalists.

The programme is being delivered in partnership with the ODI, University of Southampton, Telefonica, the Guardian, Wayra, FraUnhofer and Open Knowledge Foundation (Germany), under funding from European Commission via its Horizon 2020 funding programme.

Interested? To find out more check the Open Data Incubator website or contact [email protected]


About the ODI Startup programme

The programme is open to any startup business that uses and/or produces open data as part of its service.

Each year the ODI welcomes new applicants onto the programme with the aim of supporting them to develop a sustainable business.

We assess applications based on the

  • Strength of the idea
  • Market opportunity
  • Strength of the team
  • Market timing
  • Potential scale
  • Usage and/or creation of open data
  • Triple-bottom-line impact (social, environmental, economic)

We prioritise those who work on things that matter.

ODI supports startups with:

  • Business development
  • Investment
  • Management
  • Sales
  • Product development
  • Technical development
  • Legal
  • Communications
  • Finance
  • Related areas that the ODI may see as relevant from time to time

As well as this hands-on support, startups become part of the energising open data ecosystem which exists at the ODI.

The first cohort secured over £2m in contracts, and investments. Their clients include government departments, domestic and international businesses. In the second cohort we have companies focussing on smart cities, 3D printed toys, energy efficiency, and the role of open data in supporting disabled communities.

Please follow us on @ODIHQ to hear about progress and announcements about the next Programme call. You can also read about our previous calls.


The next two deadlines for the startup recruitment will be:

31 March, 2015

11 September, 2015

To register your interest in participating in the ODI Startup programme, please complete this form.