IoT Tribe North is a 12+12 week acceleration programme for 10 early stage Internet of Things start-ups.  We will power up your product development, market testing and investment readiness through an intensive 12 week programme based in Barnsley, in the North of England and with strong links to the London investor ecosystem. We will only take the 10 best IoT start-ups so get your application in as quickly as possible so we can start to get to know you.

Supported by Innovate UK, Barnsley Council and Capital Enterprise, start-ups will be immersed into vibrant local and global manufacturing ecosystems and global supply chain and investment networks.


Support services package



Pitching opportunity at the end of the programme.

Our Start-Ups:


Early-stage IoT companies with an existing prototype and some evidence of product-market fit



Set up by at least 2 founders and teams located in Barnsley for the 12-week Acceleration Programme



Able to co-fund branding, manufacturing and mission to SE Asia



Regardless of where they are from, with an ambition to scale globally and registered in the UK


The Programme

November 1

Application on F6S

December 7

Deadline for Applications

January 8

Elevator Pitch

January 15

IoT’ers Week

January 22

Market and Customer Discovery

February 7

Design and UX

March 1

Investor Readiness

March 7

Supply Chain Missions

March 21

Demo Days

March 30

End of 12-week Programme

April 1

Follow-on Support. Investment Brokering and Relationship Building

June 22

End of Follow-On Support

*Exact dates to be confirmed


What do we offer?





We have not one but two engineers-in-residence to take your product to the next level – a software and a hardware engineer will be on hand during your 12 week intensive programmes who will get you over those hurdles and develop an amazing product without any of the usual stumbles.

Come up with an idea, make a prototype, get it tested, all within 10 minutes of your desk, that’s it, of course you can do so much more with our lab packed to gills for your hardware needs.

Startups may have to cover consumible costs.


Coming on our supply-chain mission to South East Asia? As part of the programme you are. But before that, learn from masters of design-for-manufacturing, develop watertight PRDs and be supported in a small-scale manufacturing closer to home.

Startups will be expected to partially contribute to travel costs


The Tribe will shape your investment strategy and hold you to it with curated introductions to investors that are right for your company for up to 3 months after the programme.


Setting up a company is complex, developing technology is hard and IoT is even harder. You will have individual sessions with domain experts in areas such as:

  • Protecting your Intellectual Property
  • Talent management
  • Financial management
  • Security
  • Privacy
  • UX
  • Certification
An hour with a mentor is worth a month on your own. Get industry-leading mentors wherever they are from people who have been there, done that in business, technology and finance who will support you at the exact stage when you need them.

To make the most of your time with us, you will avail of a concierge service to help you find your feet (and roof) and get you involved in local social events. We want you to work but we also want you to have fun.


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