Join Future Cities Catapult and UKTI on a trade delegation to Brazil

18 February 2016

Future Cities Catapult has launched a competition for Small or Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to be included in a UK Government delegation to Brazil.

The mission, which will take place from 27th March to 1st April 2016, is designed to develop business networks and opportunities between the UK and Brazil.

This opportunity is targeted at SMEs (below 250 employees) that are registered in the UK and developing goods or services that might help address three key challenges facing Brazilian cities – traffic and urban mobility, citizen safety and digital infrastructure. We are particularly interested in hearing from SMEs based in the ‘Northern Powerhouse’ – i.e. from the north of England, especially Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle and Sheffield.

Between three and five SMEs will be chosen to join the delegation. The winners will have their return ticket to Brazil provided by Future Cities Catapult, as well as accommodation and most transport costs for one representative from each SME.

These individuals will join the official UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) delegation and will be introduced to city planners, city mayors, Brazilian businesses and other stakeholders with an interest in the development of Brazilian cities. They will also attend the Smart Cities Business Event in Curitiba and have the opportunity to promote their businesses at the UKTI stand. Each attendee will be required to pay £250 + VAT to join the delegation.

This opportunity represents a continuation of Future Cities Catapult’s work with the city of Belo Horizonte. This led to the publication of a report at the end of 2015 which identified common challenges facing British and Brazilian cities, and UK innovations that could be applied to cities in both countries.

Speaking about the opportunity, Chief Business Officer at Future Cities Catapult, Scott Cain, said: “This is an amazing chance for UK SMEs to travel to Brazil and address the city challenges it faces in urban mobility, citizen safety and digital infrastructure. We look forward to seeing loads of entries – from the fantastical to the fabulous – and look forward to identifying the winners.”

The deadline for entries is 23rd February. The winners will be announced on 1st March 2016.