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ACE IT (Accelerating the Creative Economy Through Immersive Technologies) is a fully-funded initiative which supports London-based start-ups and SMEs to conceptualise, research and develop innovative products and services.

Working closely with an expert team, you'll develop ground-breaking products while future-proofing your business through immersive technology. This project is a partnership between London South Bank University and London College of Communication, UAL. It is co-funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

Cohort Timeline

12.12.21

All applications must be received by 23:59 on Sunday 12 December. They will then be processed by the ACE IT team.

04.1.22

By this point all applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or not. If unsuccessful they will be given advice on how to prepare their business for the next round of applications.

12.1.22

Delivery commences on Cohort 2. Activity is tailored, focussed and quality.

17.6.22

All activity is complete and SMES are added to our Alumni Network to be first in line for further support.

Create unique experiences

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Don't get left behind

Adapt to the "new normal" with simple immersive options for all businesses.

Remove the barriers

Expand your reach and access your customer in their home, wherever they are.

Get investment ready

Scale faster and safer with free access to research and development.

About ACE IT

ACE IT (Accelerating the Creative Economy through Immersive Tech) helps start-ups grow by removing financial barriers to immersive tech innovation. Through the ACE IT programme, start-ups can access consultancy or technical support from experts in:

Augmented Reality
Virtual Reality
Immersive Audio
Volumetric Capture & Scanning

Our support will help you strategise and fast-track transformation of your immersive tech prototype into a new product, process or service. Start-ups can also access a range of immersive technology to experiment and test new ideas, without losing R&D budgets. For start-ups that already have a working prototype or MVP, we’ll help you access user and product testing, giving you the data you need to refine your product and get market-ready.

Innovation Support

We work across a broad range of immersive areas and enable you to increase your depth of understanding and your ability to implement new ideas, technology and processes.

  • Augmented Reality
  • Mixed Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Immersive Sound
  • Volumetric Capture & Scanning
  • Gamification
  • Immersive Storytelling
  • 3D Visualisation

Augmented Reality

If you are developing an AR app, ACE IT can give you access to:

  • One-to-one consultancy on your development strategy
  • Expert knowledge, so you can develop your technology with use of industry best practice and latest research
  • User testing and product testing, so you can take a more viable product to market
  • Equipment and facilities, such as our Volumetric Scanning Studio, so you can easily create 3D assets

We’re already helping businesses working with AR to:

  • Create immersive storybooks for children
  • Develop fashion try-on technology to increase sales
  • Use menus to transform a dining experience into an immersive experience
  • Make the world more accessible for people with sight impairments

Virtual Reality

If you are developing VR content, ACE IT can give you access to:

  • One-to-one consultancy on your development strategy
  • Expert knowledge, so you can develop your technology with use of industry best practice and latest research
  • User testing and product testing, so you can take a more viable product to market
  • Design support for product prototypes, UX, UI and animation

We’re already helping businesses working with VR to:

  • Create a virtual music studio, that enables collaboration without the burden of travel and logistics
  • Develop crisis management and leadership simulation content for VR training services
  • Improve a VR job interview simulator to give behavioural feedback using artificial intelligence

Immersive Audio

If you are developing immersive audio, ACE IT can give you access to:

  • One-to-one consultancy on your development strategy
  • Expert knowledge, so you can develop your technology with use of industry best practice and latest research
  • User testing and product testing, so you can take a more viable product to market
  • Elephant Studios - a multi-million pound set of high specification floating rooms that have been designed by industry leading acoustic designers

We’re already helping businesses work with audio to:

  • Improve a remote gong bath meditation experience
  • Perfect their VR music studio sound functionality
  • Develop apps to help make tourism and cultural experiences more accessible

Volumetric Capture

Volumetric Capture is a fantastic tool for creating real-life 3D and virtual assets and videos for use in immersive content and for marketing purposes. The finished product allows for anyone to view your products in 3D using software and hardware they already have access to - such as web browsers, smartphones (or even VR Headsets). You can even capture live-action movements and demonstrations in 3D, bringing your customers straight into the matrix to experience your product.

The ACE IT team will train you to capture and process your videos in our Volumetric Scanning Studio, so you can gain a better understanding of development processes and associated costs.

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Not only was the product improvement support great, but we also benefitted by meeting other founders through the ACE IT project. This has enabled us to share learning and collaborate on common challenges.

Alivein Tech came to ACE IT with a basic product, in need of user testing. We helped them to refine the product and leave with an improved and more comprehensive offer.

Read the case study
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Breaking Barriers

Industry data shows there will be an expansion of immersive tech over the next decade - not just in terms of the capabilities of the technology but also the spread and adoption. Last decade it was social media, next it will be immersive tech.

We want to enable forward thinking creative businesses to get ahead of the curve without the risks often associated with pioneering a new technology.

Read how we helped AliveIn tech to test their product and gain valuable feedback

Product Develpment

ACE IT is a product development programme. We match you with skilled professionals who can directly support you in your product development:

  • Develop an MVP
  • Refine an existing prototype
  • Product and user test

You are then able to move forward, access funding, or enter the marketplace with the confidence that your idea has been ratified by leading academic body.

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Cohort Strucutre

Our cohort structure provides businesses access to the expertise, facilities and support they require to succeed. Like no other London accelerator, participants receive one to one bespoke support targeted at the individual development needs of their products or services.

Your tailored support is delivered by our in house team of academics, creative technologists and industry specialists.

Our team of Project and Product Development Managers will guide you through the Cohort. The fixed timeline enables SMEs to understand what they will receive, what is required of them, and what progress they will have made upon completion.

Product & Service Development

Prototyping is an essential element of taking a product to market, and is fundamental to your journey as an innovator.

We can support the development of your existing prototype or Minimal Viable Product (MVP).

Our prototype modelling process is unique to the local product design landscape. You'll receive expert advice on the development of your product, for free, and keep 100% of the IP.

Product and User Testing

With access to our specialist facilities and immersive equipment you can both product and user test to ensure commercial viability.

Generate data sets and gain analysis for informed decision making in development
Ensure product quality and reliability
Equip yourself ready for investors
Gain insight to support your iterative development process

Outcomes

You will have received bespoke consultancy and development support to take your unique product or service to the next level.

You will have had an opportunity to work with experts and students to develop or trial your product or service.

Consultancy through our Cohort is delivered online. We’ll invite you in to our Studios where product and user testing is required.

We got one-on-one mentoring as well as encouragement from the cohort. Being part of such an inspiring community accelerated our business development even more.

We spoke to Eva Lili Bartha, Founder of Digital Fashion Framework, about her innovative business, the issues with the Fashion industry & why she's embracing immersive tech.

Read the case study
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We'll provide the access and expertise you need to progress.

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News & Case Studies

ACE IT has supported a number of businesses to date. Take a look and see what ACE IT has to offer.