Innovation Loans Open Competition: Briefing and Workshop (North West)
Innovate UK, the Knowledge Transfer Network and the Enterprise Europe Network are hosting a briefing event for Innovate UK’s second Open innovation loans competition, which is currently open for application.
Innovate UK is running a pilot programme of loan competitions. A total of up to £50 million is available for business innovation projects. Innovate UK is working to broaden the range of innovation finance support available to businesses, so they can access funding at all stages of innovation. Innovation loans are for UK small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to scale up and grow through innovation, developing new or improved products, processes or services. They can be used for late-stage research and development (R&D) projects, which have not yet reached the point of commercialisation.
Innovate UK is to offer up to £10 million in loans to SMEs for innovative late stage projects. The aim of this competition is to provide loans to help SMEs to undertake game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential across any sector or industry. Innovation loans will offer affordable, patient, flexible, repayable funding for later-stage research & development projects with a clear route to commercial success. More information can be found here.
The deadline for registration for this competition is 29th August and the application deadline is noon on 5th September 2018.
The purpose of the event is to provide vital information to enable businesses to decide if an innovation loan is appropriate for them and, if so, to develop a clear and compelling application that shows that they have an innovative project and are suitable for a loan.
09:30 – Registration, refreshments and networking
10:00 – Innovation loans overview: presentation from Nigel Walker, Innovate UK
10:45 – Financing growth through innovation: panel discussion with Angela Smith, RTC North / Enterprise Europe Network; James Doherty, Inventya / Enterprise Europe Network; and Sue Barnard, British Business Bank
11:30 – Refreshments and networking
11:45 – How to write a compelling project application: presentation from Mairi Dillon, Knowledge Transfer Network
12:15 – Our approach to credit: presentation from Josh Sheppard, Innovate UK Loans Ltd
12:45 – Scaling through innovation: case study from Tom Dawes, Valuechain
13:00 – Networking lunch
14:00 – Optional 1-2-1 or group discussions with Innovation loans team, KTN, EEN and local innovation ecosystem members
15:00 – Close
If you are unable to attend this event, there will also be similar events across the UK between 23rd and 31st July, as well as a webinar. Click here to see these other briefing events.