UMBRELLA Competition

UMBRELLA Competition

The UMBRELLA competition will award a total of £250,000 in funding to some of the most promising digital technology small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) across South Gloucestershire, the South West and the wider UK.


Following feedback from interested SMEs and other stakeholders, the UMBRELLA competition is now expanded into Phase 2.

Phase 1: The deadline for this phase was Monday, 21 March 2022 at midnight. From those that applied during this phase, up to 5 SMEs are expected to be selected to enter the engagement programme of the competition. Read more about the Phase 1 winners.

Phase 2: The deadline for this phase was 16 May 2022 at noon. Four SMEs putting forward 5 different use cases were selected to enter the Phase 2 enaggement programme. Read more about the Phase 2 winners.

The money will be awarded to companies to support further development of innovative products, that demonstrate real impact to address today’s societal challenges.

The competition

Successful bids will have access to:

  • Grants typically between £3,000 – £25,000
  • Technical support during the testbed implementation
  • Access to the UMBRELLA network facilities
  • Training recommendations depending on the specific needs of each SME

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.

The UK Community Renewal Fund is a UK Government programme for 2021/22. This aims to support people and communities most in need across the UK to pilot programmes and new approaches to prepare for the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. It invests in skills, community and place, local business, and supporting people into employment.  For more information, visit

Phase 1 timeline

Monday 21 February – Phase 1 launch
Monday 07 March – live briefing event. Download the presentation.
Monday 21 March (midnight) – deadline for applications
Friday 8 April  – Phase 1 winners announced

Phase 2 timeline

Monday, 16 May – deadline for Phase 2 applications
Wednesday, 30 May – Phase 2 winners announced

How to apply

SMEs who meet the competition criteria should complete the application form by 16 May 2022.

Step 1. Read the competition brief

Click the button below to read the full competition brief.
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Step 2. Download the competition documents

Download the application proposal template and the finance form to begin your application.
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Step 3. Enter the competition now

Click the button below to sign up to the portal and enter.
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