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5G Create: £30 million open competition and 7 Briefing Events just launched

Posted on 24/02/2020

A £30 million open competition has been launched to develop new uses for 5G in a variety of industries, closing 1st June 2020.


DCMS has announced of the winners of £35m funding to help accelerate 5G’s adoption by businesses in the UK. Read more about the announcement here.


The government also launched a £30m 5G open competition called 5G Create. Read more about it here. The closing date for applications is 1st June 2020.


The briefing events for the 5G Create Funding Competition took place as follows:


7 Briefing Events across the UK

DCMS 5G Create – Competition Briefing Event: Bristol – 09 March 2020

DCMS 5G Create – Competition Briefing Event: Glasgow – 12 March 2020

DCMS 5G Create – Competition Briefing Event: Salford – 16 March 2020

Online Webcast: DCMS 5G Create – Competition Briefing Event – watch the video below!

DCMS 5G Create – Competition Briefing Event: Belfast – 31 March 2020 (moved online)

DCMS 5G Create – Competition Briefing Event: Cardiff – 2 April 2020 (moved online)

DCMS 5G Create – Competition Briefing Event: Webinar – 11 May 2020 (moved online)



People have this to say on the funding announcement:

“We are determined to make the UK a world-leader in 5G but that doesn’t just mean giving people faster mobile phone connections. Today we’re announcing new funding to seize the new opportunities modern technology will offer us. This includes seeing how it could create new jobs in the countryside, make businesses more productive and unleash even more ideas in our cutting-edge creative industries.”

Digital Secretary Oliver Dowden


“The Creative Industries Council is delighted that DCMS is launching 5G Create. We have been advocating a funded competition along these lines, as an exciting opportunity for UK creative companies to develop innovative products and services using this transformational technology. 5G offers innovative opportunities right across the sector from film and tv, to games, to music, fashion and advertising. We hope that start-ups and well-established companies alike will bid for the available funds.”

Tim Davie, Co-Chair of the Creative Industries Council and CEO of BBC Studios


Webcast recording and slides are now available:

Find the slides here.

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