5G Open Innovation Lab launches inaugural program for start-ups focused on Edge, AI

Paul Barker | May 20, 2020 | The News

The 5G Open Innovation Lab (5G OI Lab), a global ecosystem of developers, start-ups, enterprises, academia and government institutions, has announced the opening of its lab and launch of its inaugural program for start-ups and their founders.

Founding partners Intel, NASA and T-Mobile are pooling engineering, technology and industry resources to provide the Lab and selected start-ups with advanced access to platforms to develop, test and bring to market new use cases that unleash the potential of 5G networks both now and in the future, the organization said in a release. 

The program launched earlier this month and will run through July 17.

“Our first program provides start-ups with virtual access to mentors and tools to collaborate directly with technology and business leaders to design and bring to life their vision and dreams for new 5G applications.” said Jim Brisimitzis, general partner of the 5G Open Innovation Lab. “We've adapted our program into a virtual format in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. We are grateful to our partners for stepping up their support to ensure our first cohort has the best experience possible in a virtual environment.”

The Lab has selected 17 companies as members of the first cohort that will participate in the 12-week program.

Start-ups collaborate with 5G technology experts and business advisors through CEO and CTO roundtables, private working sessions to explore challenges and opportunities, and virtual networking and social events.

Founders will also be introduced to leaders in the venture capital community. Content driving the program includes business planning, corporate development and engineering and will culminate in a Demo Day showcase to celebrate the accomplishments and milestones achieved.

“Ecosystem innovation is important to unlocking the potential of 5G, and as a founding member of the 5G Open Innovation Lab, we will help nurture start-ups developing 5G and edge applications that focus on digital transformation for industries,” said Caroline Chan, vice president of Intel’s data platforms group and general manager of its network business incubation division. “There is a breadth of opportunities across multiple industries, and to make them a reality it requires this type of industry collaboration to accelerate and bring innovative 5G solutions to market.”

Neville Ray, president of technology at T-Mobile, said 5G has the potential to “transform our world by enabling new, groundbreaking applications.  Through efforts like the 5G Open Innovation Lab, we are providing developers and startups with the tools to unleash transformative services for people across the country, benefitting everything from entertainment and gaming to education and public safety."

In addition to three companies that are currently in stealth mode, the first cohort includes the following startups:

The selection process is focused on identifying a class of companies that are applying 5G in diverse markets across agriculture, manufacturing, healthcare and entertainment, as well as other markets.

To learn more about the Lab and its portfolio of companies, visit https://www.5GOILab.com