Filament STAC secures backing from global tech giants to help create leading IoT cluster in Scotland.
Filament STAC has secured backing from some of the world’s largest tech groups for its Internet of Things (IoT) accelerator programme that launched at Skypark in Glasgow in October. San Francisco HQ-ed cloud communications platform Twilio, design, global manufacturing and supply chain specialist Plexus Corp, Silicon Valley HQ-ed Intel Corporation, the world’s largest semiconductor chip manufacturer, and Fortune 500, Colorado HQ-ed US electronics group Arrow Electronics are among international corporate brands supporting STAC.
Paul Wilson, CEO of Filament STAC, said: “It is a testament not only to our own ambitions for STAC, but more importantly for tech groups of the stature of Twilio, Plexus Corp, Intel, and Arrow to believe in our mission and get behind the plan to build globally competitive IoT companies from a base in Scotland. Companies that are made in Scotland, engineered in Scotland, with access to world-class support from individuals and companies alike. Essentially, we plan to create a leading tech cluster here in Scotland.”
Comenting on securing Twilio as a corporate partner, Paul Wilson added: “Having Twilio as a Filament STAC sponsor will support our cohort to develop global industry leading products. Twilio provides platforms and services to build innovative IoT solutions, connecting them to reliable cellular networks, ensuring our cohort can build reliable IoT solutions.”
Angela Forbes, IoT Account Executive, UK and Ireland, Twilio, a global leader in IoT service provision and enablement, counting Uber, Lime, Lyft, Airbnb, Peloton, and Netflix among its customer base, said: “We are really looking forward to supporting all the great work Filament STAC is doing to support local startups on their journey to becoming tomorrow’s best known brands.”
Ronnie Darroch, Executive Vice President and Regional President for EMEA at Plexus Corp, and Non-executive Chair of STAC, said: “We are delighted to be involved in STAC as Scotland is renowned for its contributions to entrepreneurialism and innovation. We look forward to providing support for the next generation of innovators and disruptors that will create the products that build a better world.”
Filament STAC is a pioneering industry-government partnership aimed at producing Scottish IoT companies capable of scaling and competing on a global level, with a 3-year target to create more than 25 IoT companies supporting around 750 jobs, reporting revenue in the region of £750 million, and cohort companies raising investment in excess of £100 million.
Filament STAC is also supported by Scottish Enterprise, CENSIS (Scotland’s Innovation Centre for sensing, imaging and IoT technologies), and Glasgow-headquartered product design firm Filament. STAC’s local partners in Scotland include Anderson Anderson & Brown, Burness Paull, Scintilla, Arceptive, Soben, Integrated Graphene, and Beringar.