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Innovate UK in the East of England

Venue :  Granta Conference Centre, Granta Park, Great Abington, CB21 6AL
Organiser name :  Viola Hay
Organiser email :
Start date/time :  9:00 Tuesday 21st February 2017
End date/time :  16:30 Tuesday 21st February 2017

Innovate UK in the East of England will champion the power of innovation and enable regional businesses throughout the East of England to obtain a thorough understanding of the funding and support that is available to them from the Innovate UK family including; the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Enterprise Europe Network, the Catapults and also from other regional landscape partners, such as the Local Enterprise Partnerships, Regional Growth Hubs and other trade organisations.


This event will help to demonstrate the importance of innovation and networking to businesses, effective exchange of knowledge helps drive innovation, in particular this event will focus on:

  • Promoting the new Innovate UK Health and Life Sciences competition and Design Foundations competition
  • Explore the future strategic direction of innovation across the East of England under the Science and Innovation Audit framework

We are delighted to welcome Professor Nigel Slater, Chair of GCGP LEP’s SIIC, as chair for the day and Professor Iain Gray, Cranfield University, as our keynote opening address speaker.

Please download the latest copy of the draft agenda here

This event provides an excellent opportunity for the wider business community to get engaged and give input into the region’s long-term Innovation Strategy and play an active role in creating strong collaborations to ensure sustainable, future economic growth. Delegates will learn about and contribute to:

Science and Innovation Audit workshops covering the following topics:

  • Life Sciences - led by Martino Picardo, Stevenage Bioscience Catalyst;
  • Agri-Tech - Andrew Spencer, Rothamsted Research;
  • Advanced Engineering and Materials - led by Peter Oakley, TWI Ltd;
  • ICT; led by Jonathan Legh-Smith, BT;

Leveraging cross-cutting opportunities: Cleantech and more; led by Martin Garratt, Cambridge Cleantech, and Simon Coward, Hethel Innovation

Innovate UK’s forthcoming Health and Life Sciences competition, which will open early February. You will have the opportunity to hear from Innovate UK Lead Technologists who will be providing background on the call, its scope and eligibility, as well as project idea pitching, consortia brokering activities and proposal clinics. You can access more details on the competition here.

Helping your business develop propositions for new products, services or changing your business model. Innovate UK has launched Design Foundations, a £3m programme to assist with early stage innovation. You will have the opportunity to hear about this opportunity and to meet potential collaborators to bid for grants of up to £70,000 per project.

For those, who are not that familiar with the whole of the Innovate UK family, there will be an opportunity to attend an introductory session. Colleagues from KTN will also introduce the new Innovate UK’s Design Foundations, a new cross-cutting funding opportunity. There will also be networking and speed-dating opportunities throughout the day.

Who should attend?

  • Companies interested in learning more about the Science and Innovation Audits and/or in contributing their thoughts;

  • Companies interested in the Health and Life Sciences competition;

  • Companies looking to build their innovation capability through Design Foundations funding

  • Companies new to innovation or who want to learn more about the national and regional support on offer.

Please contact Viola Hay at if you have any questions regarding the event.

1-2-1 Meetings

Throughout the day there will be 1-2-1 meeting opportunities to meet other delegates from businesses, universities, local networks, as well as representatives from the Innovate UK family, from your local LEPs, from Business Growth Hubs, etc.

If you are thinking of applying for the Innovate UK Health and Life Sciences Competition or Design Foundations, Meeting Mojo also offers you another partner search and consortia building opportunity.

If you have a project idea but still need a certain capability in your consortium, or if you have something to offer to an already existing partnership, your Meeting Mojo profile will allow you to highlight your offering and enable interested parties to get in touch and request a meeting with you.

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