Ordnance Survey wants to fund the next Pokémon Go

Geovation programme looking for Geotech developers to build new products

The Ordnance Survey is offering funding to start-ups to build the next Pokmon Go.

The mapping agency's Geovation programme is aimed at developers, entrepreneurs and innovators to take their ideas and build them into real businesses. It will work with teams and invest funding, resources and developer time to help them build their businesses until they are ready for market.

It also provides a hub with a range of resources such as desk space, coaching and mentorship, access to OS and partner data, developer support, access to software, legal and professional support and other services that can be hard to secure when first starting out.

The programme is divided into four phases. Phases one to three are over a period of six months, where programme members receive a total of 10,000 in funding. If a prototype is successfully delivered at the end of this phase four kicks in, which is a further six months on the programme with an additional 10,000 in funding.

For those who are successful in getting to phase four, the Geovation team helps to secure further funding and provide go-to-market support to launch the product and make it a commercial success.

"There are a lot of places for start-ups to get support in London, but it's vital to find a programme that offers the focused support a business needs," said Alex Wrottesley, head of Geovation.

"By focusing on our area of expertise we're able to offer deep industry and technical knowledge which is unique. Providing dedicated development resource is something very few places offer and it means the businesses we select can get things started faster and they can move further than they otherwise would have been able to. To the start-up community, in general, the Geovation Hub adds a new dimension."

Applications must be submitted by 17 August via this website.

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