Would the other industrial sponsors be my direct competition?

Sponsorship of the programme (manufacturer)

In relation to the accelerator programme no, but they could be your industry competition. The Industry Challenge Owners will form a Steering Group that will ensure to set the strategic direction of the Made Smarter Technology Accelerator and nominate technology areas of interest for exploration for example, internet of things, artificial intelligence and 5G.

Industrial sponsors will submit a business challenge their organisation is facing and the Steering Group members will collectively nominate cross-sector challenges that affect the manufacturing industry as a whole and again, the innovator community will build prototypes to solve this.