Start-up course on urban data

Jyoti Banerjee

Jyoti Banerjee, Fronesys

As part of MK:Smart, Fronesys  and The Open University are holding a one day training event for SMEs using urban data.

The hardest part of starting a new technology business is taking the first step. This is made doubly difficult when the start-up’s big new idea relates to making sense of the increasing mountain of urban data produced by Smart City initiatives (like MK:Smart). Selecting the best business approach to these urban data projects is key to delivering fresh new ways for cities and their citizens to use technology and information to achieve their goals.

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Professor Gerd Kortuem, The Open University

The latest collaboration between The Open University and Fronesys, as part of MK:Smart, has produced a one day course geared toward start-ups with an interest in learning  about how to exploit commercial opportunities around urban data.  The course also covers the use of modern entrepreneurship tools to drive the creation and growth of new technology businesses.

The course will be taught by Prof. Gerd Kortuem, Professor of Computing at The Open University  and Jyoti Banerjee, a partner at Fronesys.  Both are on the project board of MK:Smart, a Smart Cities programme in Milton Keynes, managed by the Open University and funded by the Higher Education Funding Council of England (HEFCE).  Gerd and Jyoti have extensive experience in creating courses and curricula for entrepreneurs and start-ups. Among other programmes, they created and taught the Software Entrepreneurship course for MBA and science PhDs at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford.

The first instance of the course will be held on 26 June 2015 in association with University Campus Milton Keynes (UCMK), part of the University of Bedfordshire, and also a partner in the MK:Smart programme.

This course is fully booked, but for more information about future sessions please contact Commercial Manager, Rajinder Sharma.