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Serendip Prop-Tech 2021 Technology Challenge

Discover more about our new Serendip® Prop-Tech 2021 Technology Challenge in partnership with Balfour Beatty and Bouygues UK.

Serendip - Innovation Birmingham

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Do you have what it takes to tackle the challenges facing the construction industry?

The property industry faces challenges in addressing quality concerns raised around building envelopes installed during past construction projects. High on today’s agenda is building owners wanting certainty about the quality of workmanship and materials used in external wall build-ups, as well as interior spaces such as ceilings and surface voids.

The project types are varied but most prolific are hospitals and more recently build-to-rent schemes. While different in usage both of these building types share the type of defects most commonly found, being incomplete, substandard or non-compliant passive fire protection and separately envelope construction, particularly cladding including fixing system, insulation type and fire resistance. This may involve a need to verify the presence, location, type and continuity of fire barriers or to check compliance of fire and acoustic sealing within internal voids.

Think you have a digital solution to help us tackle these complex challenges? We want to hear from you.


What’s on offer to SMEs

• Six months of tailored business support

• Access to office space at Innovation Birmingham (subject to Covid-19, if not support will be virtual)

• Tailored investment readiness programme, with support from experienced investment coaches

• Support from an Entrepreneur in Residence, and access to Bruntwood SciTech support network

• Business development opportunities and introductions to potential customers

• Growth focus – business support, e.g. IP, marketing, HR, partnerships

• Funding advice and grant opportunities

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Accelerator goals

• Support development of FTEs

• Facilitate discussions that lead to commercial contracts, both UK and international

• Support collaborative R&D – where appropriate / applicable

• Support SMEs to secure investment and produce investment strategies

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Eligibility Criteria

• Applicants must be SME sized businesses (Less than 250 employees & turnover under £50 million)

• Applicants must have a UK registered company address

• Proposed solutions must include a digital development

• Proposed solutions must address at least one of the live challenges

• Each application must propose one solution

• Applicants can apply more than once if they have more than one solution to offer

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We’d like to receive applications from anyone who has a digital tech solution to these challenges regardless of the market you are currently positioned in. We are interested in all sorts of technologies whether artificial intelligence, automation, decision management, image recognition and more. If your product presents a new way to tackle these issues in the construction and property industry then please make an application.

  • Challenge 1: In the immediate

    Applications now open

    How to survey works associated with potential defects on legacy projects with minimal disruption to the occupiers? This would be focused on the external façade but can be extended to all areas of construction. Exploring the repurposing of existing technologies into this new environment, combined with revised surveying techniques is of significant interest. However, new opportunities will not be discounted if delivery of the solutions can be achieved in short timeframes.

  • Challenge 2: Looking ahead

    Applications now open

    How can we make sure that the building works done on site are correct, in a “real-time” manner? The proposed solutions need to be delivered with light / portable equipment (compared to use of scaffold etc.) and must address the need to survey difficult to access spaces (height, confined space, concealed voids). The information gathered by the survey must allow for analysis usually in the form of photographic survey or live view, and preferable would have the facility to gather spatial information on the installation.