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Innovate UK in the South East of England

Event details
Wednesday, 10 April 2019
9:00 am – 17:00 pm
Driving smarter innovation through business support


The South of England is brimming with scientific research and innovation which is catalysed when people get the chance to meet and collaborate.  It’s a crucial time for businesses within the UK and innovation is key to maintaining a competitive advantage.

The recent ‘Made Smarter’ review estimates that the positive impact of faster innovation and adoption of digital technology could be as much as £455 billion for UK manufacturing over the next decade, creating a conservative net gain of 175,000 jobs throughout the economy and enabling more efficient, cleaner production systems.

The Government’s innovation agency, Innovate UK, and ‘family’ organisations (Knowledge Transfer Network – KTN, Enterprise Europe Network – EEN and the Catapults) provided a gateway to business growth and support programmes including funding, IP protection and effective planning.  This event will explain the roles these organisations play and facilitate one-to-one access for those that are interested in finding out more.

In addition, given the theme of the event, this event will be inviting some large corporates who are keen to explore new digital solution thinking from a wider supply chain.  They will publish challenges to those registered in advance of the event and invite you, as disruptive SMEs to consider potential new solutions. New ideas are vital for businesses and this event looks at turning these ideas into reality.

Who should attend

This event is for individuals and businesses large and small with ideas and ambition but are unsure how to progress them.
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. Likewise academics keen to engage with the needs of the industrial landscape, especially within the digital economy.

The event will maximise your networking opportunity and is intended for those who are looking for new collaborators and markets to explore.

Benefits of attending:

Be briefed on the current Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund funding landscape.
Access direct senior staff from Innovate UK, KTN, EEN and the Digital Catapult.
Understand where the KTN, EEN, Growth Hub and Catapults could be deployed to maximise your success potential for business growth and funding.
Get an insight on how to approach and lock into university cutting-edge expertise that could expand your business potential.
Understand where to go for funding to support your innovation strategy
Meet and network with other businesses and organisations
Connect with potential collaborators and research partners
Understand what is required in writing a successful grant application
Learn about the opportunities that digital technologies may unlock for your business.


The full programme will be published here in due course.


This is a free-to-attend event including lunch and refreshments.  Places are strictly limited.  An event waiting will operate when the event has reached capacity.


There are a small number of tabletop exhibitor stands available for this event.  For all enquiries, please contact the Event organiser:

For more information about this event please contact our sector lead
Bruce McLelland
Specialist, Urban Living