About the 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 @UKODI to hear about progress and announcements about the next Programme call. You can also read about our previous calls.

To register your interest in participating in the ODI startup program, please complete this form.