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Unlock Funding for Digital Supply Chain Innovation

Open date: Monday 2 October 2023   Close date: Friday 8 December 2023


A funding opportunity for innovative digital solutions for supply chain challenges, focusing on industry priorities and showcasing real business value within the Digital Supply Chain Testbed.

The Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub is on a mission to transform UK manufacturing through digitally-empowered supply chains that are more efficient, resilient and sustainable. For this innovation competition, the Digital Supply Chain Hub is seeking companies that are interested in developing and deploying digital technology solutions in the DSCH testbeds.

A supply-chain testbed can be defined as an end-to-end supply chain environment, where technologies can be deployed and tested using real data but without risking business disruption. At the Made Smarter Innovation | Digital Supply Chain Hub, we are supporting the development of four testbeds in food, automotive spares, textiles, and hydrogen sectors. The Digital Supply Chain Testbeds were commissioned to provide multi-tier supply chain environments in which innovative digital solutions can be developed, tested and demonstrated. A key aspect is allowing the demonstration of value, with the ambition of driving adoption of digital solutions.

Together with the testbed companies, we have identified seven potential challenge areas. Each challenge comes with £100,000 available for a tech solution provider to work with an Industry Challenge Sponsor to address critical supply-chain challenges; and develop a solution which will be deployed into one of the testbeds. The potential challenge areas are:

Standardised Naming System for Automotive Spare Parts

Project Finance & Market Modelling in the Emerging Hydrogen Supply Chain

Digital Product Passport for the Textile Supply Chain

Connected Life Cycle Assessment in the Textile Supply Chain

Logistics pricing engine in the Textile Supply Chain

Data driven best before date in the Food Supply Chain

A Marketplace for Investment in Sustainable Farming

Who should apply?

The programme seeks applications for technology innovators who are interested in developing and trialling technology MVPs with two manufacturing SMEs to one of their core supply chain challenges in the FMCG, Textiles, Automotive and industrial manufacturing industry. You can apply on the Digital Supply Chain Hub website.

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