There are two distinct roles in Accelerator Projects - Champions and Participants:
Champions are the buyers or end users for the solutions e.g. broadcasters, studios, platforms, content owners and providers. They define the business challenge they would like to address and validate that the project addresses a significant industry challenge. They also help to develop the project use cases and evangelise the solution within their organisation and to the wider industry. There can be multiple Champions supporting projects, but the minimum required is one. Champions do not pay fees for involvement but there will be a registration fee for Champions to join the programme in 2022 (see below).
Participants are the companies which build, develop and sell products, equipment, solutions & services e.g. vendors, manufacturers, software & application developers, systems integrators etc. They help design the solution collaboratively with the guidance of Champions and alongside other participants, culminating in a PoC demonstration at the end of the project cycle, which is between 4-6 months. There must be a minimum of four Participants working in a project, and the maximum is eight. Participant fees are applicable, to be confirmed shortly..
At this early stage of the process, we don’t expect that you will necessarily have a full team in place or have met all the requirements for the full go ahead of your project, but we request that you give consideration to Co-Champions that you would like to involve, and particularly to the vendors and specific expertise that you would like to recruit into the project.
This is where the IBC team will provide support for matchmaking to engage additional Champions and Participants with an interest in the challenge and compatible expertise to achieve the goals of the project in order to help you succeed.