“The [ODI] programme has driven us harder and forced us to achieve more than we thought was possible.” — Ian Makgill, Spend Network
Startups stimulate innovation, spur competition and drive economic growth. They create an average of 870,000 new jobs each year in the UK, which is 33% of the national total. The ODI aims to find, support and promote open data startups so that they can play a key part in achieving that impact.
“The ODI Startup programme has had an immeasurable impact on the success of our company – the mentoring, encouragement, expertise and camaraderie from the ODI team and fellow startups has set us well on the road to success and we are hugely grateful for this boost.” — Mike Darby, CTO, Demand Logic
ODI Startups have secured over £4m ($6m) in contracts and investments and are continuing to grow. Each cohort is made up of 5 - 10 companies. For the last cohort of applications, our acceptance rate was 9%.
You can apply to be an ODI Startup if you:
- Operate in any sector
- Work with data
- Live an open culture
Our focus is on businesses that deliver on achieving social, environmental and economic impact – our triple bottom line. For those selected we offer mentoring, advice, training, office space, access to our industry network and credibility through the ODI brand. We also help tell your story through our communication and engagement channels.
There are two ways you can get support for your startup: through our original London-based ODI Startup programme and the Open Data Incubator for Europe (ODINE). We encourage interested startups to apply for both.