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Driving Regional Strength through Business Support for National Impact

If you are an innovator looking for support to help you grow your idea or business and keen to unlock the strengths of cutting edge research at the University of Greenwich, this event is for you.

Innovation is key to maintaining a competitive advantage in business. This event is all about the support you can access to help you turn your ideas into reality. The event is relevant to all sector technologies illuminating the pathways being played out by the Industrial Strategy funding programme.

This event is organised by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the University of Greenwich, and is supported by Enterprise Europe Network.

Why attend? 

  • Find out about funding opportunities (including the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund)
  • Understand where you can get help to take your business to the next level
  • Meet staff from Innovate UK, KTN, EEN and the Digital Catapult and ask your questions
  • Get an insight on how to approach universities with cutting-edge expertise to expand your business potential
  • Network with other businesses and organisations
  • Connect with potential collaborators and research partners
  • Learn how to write a successful grant application
  • Learn about the opportunities that digital technologies may unlock for your business
  • Help the region’s largest industrial players find solutions to their problems

Who should attend?

  • Individuals and businesses of all sizes who are looking for support on how to progress their ideas.
  • UK businesses and R&D centres seeking to maximise the impact of their growth and investment portfolios.
  • Universities and SMEs exploring funding options and looking to grow their contacts base.
  • Businesses seeking to partner with university R&D intelligence.
  • Academics who are keen to engage with the needs of the industrial landscape, especially within the digital economy.


09:00 Registration

09:30 Welcome from the Chair
Bruce McLelland, Urban Living Specialist, Knowledge Transfer Network

09:40 Keynote: University of Greenwich Capability – Open for Business
Javier Bonet, Dept Vice Chancellor for Research & Enterprise, University of Greenwich

09:55 How Innovate UK Helps UK Businesses Innovate Today
Bruce McLelland, Urban Living Specialist, Knowledge Transfer Network

10:05 Keynote: The Regional Strength and Emerging Opportunity
Heather Yedigaroff, Digital Greenwich and Josh David, University of Greenwich

10:25 Panel Session: The Innovate UK Family and Wider Regional Business Support Framework
Panel: Monika Dunkel, Knowledge Transfer Network; Daniela Melandri, Connected Places Catapult; Valerie Pondaven, Enterprise Europe Network; Iva Figueiredo, London Growth Hub; James Rannard-Lambert, University of Greenwich

11:00 Q&A

11:25 Break, Networking & Showcase

12:00 University of Greenwich and the ISCF Challenges Unpacked
Peter Griffiths, Director of Greenwich Research & Enterprise, University of Greenwich

A refresher presentation on the Industrial Strategy Challenges, the funded themes being called on at present. This presentation will also outline the University of Greenwich’s key priorities within the Challenge themes: Clean Growth – Energy revolution, Transforming construction, Transforming food production; Future of Mobility – Self-driving vehicles, Batteries for clean and flexible energy storage, Manufacturing and materials of the future, Robots for a safer world; AI and Data Driven Economy – Satellites and space technology, Audience of the future, Quantum technology, Next generation services

12:15 Bid Idea Pitches

12:55 Introduction to Parallel Sessions and Afternoon Activities
Bruce McLelland, Urban Living Specialist, Knowledge Transfer Network

13:00 Lunch, Networking & Showcase

14:30 Parallel Sessions – Masterclasses
Delegates to join the session selected during registration


Grants, Funding & Finance: “How to write a successful application and secure match funding”
Jon Kingsbury, Head of Digital, KTN and Keith Casson, Enterprise Development Manager, University of Greenwich


  • Overview of the UK Funding & Finance Landscape including what investors are looking for
  • Working with Collaborators/Partners including universities 
  • “Technology” how to present the technology in the strongest way in the application – successful company or an Innovate UK Assessor
  • Commercialisation – how to present and describe the RTM/commercialisation and value added in the application – successful company…


All About Knowledge Transfer Partnerships
Terry Corner, Knowledge Transfer Advisor, KTN and Linda Hyder, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Manager, University of Greenwich

More funding has been announced for KTPs by the Government making the KTP scheme the UK’s largest and most successful platform to match university expertise and innovation with industrial needs. Terry, a Knowledge Transfer Advisor with the KTN and Linda the University of Greenwich KTP manager will lead the workshop on successful identification and implementation of KTPs. You will also hear from a KTP business partner.


Deploying the Innovation Canvas
Jake Larsson, Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTN

KTN’s Innovation Canvas is designed to help us decide on the next steps in our innovation journey. It provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific project, identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what action to take. In this session we will go through the Innovation Canvas’ 3 core drivers of innovation and get hands-on with using the tool to assess our innovation.


All About EEN and How They Can Help You
Jim Bristow, Innovation Advisor, EEN

Managing Growth

  • Recognising and understanding growth
  • Common issues within SMEs
  • Planning for growth: the capacity utilisation; the people planning; the service requirement
  • Thinking ahead of the growth curve

15:30 Closing Remarks
15:45 Close


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