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Digital Business Briefing February 2019

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A summary of funding opportunities, support programmes, networks and events available to UK digital businesses.

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Digital Business Briefing February 2019

  1. 1. Creative, Digital and Design Business Briefing February 2019
  2. 2. Content • Funding competitions • Support programmes • Upcoming events • Investment • Networks • Register for updates
  3. 3. Funding Audience of the Future: the Investor Accelerator launches 4th March Monday 4th March sees the launch of the next phase of the ISCF Audience of the Future (AotF) Challenge with a new Investor Accelerator fund. Up to £2m of funding is available for industrial R&D, which will support the commercial development of significant innovation in the UK immersive tech sector through simultaneous grant funding and venture capital investment in UK creative and tech businesses. The Investor Accelerator opens to investors on 4th March and to businesses on 20th May. A series of information & networking events for investors are scheduled around the UK in February and March. Dates have been confirmed for Bristol (20th Feb), Belfast (15th Mar) and Gateshead (4th Apr), with more dates and locations to be added. Briefing events for businesses will be announced in April 2019, meanwhile please share the opportunity with investors you know who are interested in investing in the immersive sector. READ MORE
  4. 4. Funding Global Business Innovation Programme with India Applications deadline: Thursday, 7th February 2019 This fully-funded programme for the creative and media sectors, consisting of a preparation phase in the UK, a 5-day visit to India and subsequent follow-up support, will help your business develop relationships with partners in the region, allowing you to gain a foothold in a market set for explosive growth. READ MORE AND APPLY
  5. 5. Funding Business Basics 2: Boosting SME Productivity Applications deadline: 17th April 2019 A share of up to £2 million is available for to run proof of concept or build evidence on how to encourage SMEs to adopt productivity boosting technology or management practices. Proof of Concept – you can apply for up to £60,000 Business Led Trials – you can apply for up to £400,000 Non-business Led Trials – you can apply for up to £400,000 READ MORE AND APPLY
  6. 6. Funding VocTech Seed 2019 Applications deadline: Friday, 8th February 2019, 5pm If you've got a creative and imaginative project which uses digital technology to improve access to adult learning, or to improve how learning is delivered, then we'd like to hear from you. We are looking for innovative digital projects which will help us deliver our vision of increasing the number of people in the UK accessing learning and gaining vocational skills. Successful applicants can receive support and grant funding of up to £50,000 for projects lasting up to a year. Projects must be vocational, focusing on the skills that adults (post 16) need for work, and aim to raise the skill levels of the UK workforce. READ MORE AND APPLY
  7. 7. Funding UK Israel open collaborative competition Registration closes: Wednesday, 27th February 2019, 12:00pm UK and Israel are announcing a joint funding competition under the EUREKA framework UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets in partnership with Israeli companies. READ MORE AND APPLY
  8. 8. Funding Defense and Security Accelerator: open call for innovation Call Closes: 1 March 2019 The open call is looking for innovative ideas to improve the defense and security of the UK. These could be a concept, technology, product or service. The aim is to find novel opportunities to be exploited across the defense and security sectors. READ MORE AND APPLY
  9. 9. Funding European Space Agency (ESA) funding for business applications Virtual and Augmented Reality Kick-Start - closing date: 25th February Blockchain Kick-Start - closing date: 26th March ESA Business Applications offers funding and support to businesses from any sector who intend to use space (satellite navigation, earth observation, satellite telecommunication, space weather, space technologies) to develop new commercial services. Applications are open all year: businesses can either apply to a thematic opportunity (see below) or submit an open application. READ MORE AND APPLY
  10. 10. Funding Ocean Plastic Solutions Investment Accelerator: Reducing Plastic Pollution Call closes: 13th March 2019 This investment accelerator competition provides £1 million grant funding from Innovate UK and £1 million private investment from Sky Ocean Ventures for early stage projects. The competition is open to single UK small and micro companies who are looking for grant funding and who want to establish an equity relationship with Sky Ocean Ventures. READ MORE AND APPLY
  11. 11. Support programmes Cyber Security Academic Startups Accelerator Programme • Helps academics in UK universities commercialise their cyber security ideas • Covers value proposition, market validation and development of minimum viable product • Grants of up to £132,000 available per academic team over ten months • UK academics should register their interest in Year 3. Applications are expected to open in February 2019 for an April start. • Industrialists and investors interested in supporting the programme in 2019 should register their interest here READ MORE AT cyberasap.co.uk
  12. 12. Support programmes LORCA Applications for the 3rd cohort will open in March 2019 LORCA is a joint collaboration between Plexal, CSIT and Deloitte. It’s funded by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport as part of the National Cyber Security Strategy. LORCA’s mission is to support the most promising cybersecurity innovators in scaling and growing solutions to meet industry’s biggest challenges, while building the UK’s international cybersecurity profile. By 2021, LORCA’ll have stimulated the growth of at least 72 high-potential companies, grown up to 2,000 jobs, and secured £40 Million in investment. READ MORE
  13. 13. Support programmes NCSC Cyber Accelerator The NCSC Cyber Accelerator supports the growth of start-up cyber companies aiming to bring better, faster and low-cost security products to market. The NCSC is looking for companies who are using novel techniques to solve real problems, and whose products could be applied in a cyber security context – for any customers, from individuals at home to the world’s biggest companies. READ MORE
  14. 14. Support programmes TechStars London Accelerator Programme Application deadline: 7th April 2019 Techstars provides Accelerator portfolio companies with access to financial, human and intellectual capital to fuel the success of their business. Upon acceptance to a Techstars Accelerator, every company is offered a $100,000 convertible note. Techstars contributes $20,000, which is commonly used as a stipend to support living expenses during the program, and in return receives 6% common stock from each company. READ MORE
  15. 15. Support programmes IoT Tribe North 2019 Application deadline: 4th March 2019 On March 4th IoT Tribe North will open its doors once again. We are now accepting applications and on the lookout for exceptional startups in the IoT, AI, VR and Data fields. Our accelerator is equity-free and specialises on connecting companies with startups to run pilots and improve their value proposition. Every year we select a handful of startups who will participate in our hands on 12-week programme in the North of the UK. READ MORE
  16. 16. Support programmes Cyber 101 Running nationally until March 2021, Cyber 101 is part of DCMS funded activity to grow the UK’s cyber security industry and the capability of cyber security startups and scaleups. This programme is linked to the Develop strand of the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Strategy, a series of activities that will be supported by £1.9bn in public investment over the next five years. It is delivered in partnership with Digital Catapult, The Accelerator Network, CSIT and Inogesis. The Cyber 101 programme offers intensive one day Bootcamps, Deep Dive sessions and Demo Days that will enable you to pitch your businesses to potential customers and investors. READ MORE
  17. 17. Support programmes Develop your AI solutions with The Alan Turing Institute Open call New collaboration between The Alan Turing Institute and Digital Catapult provides funding for London startups and scaleups to open their data challenges to researchers. This collaboration will provide financial support for nine separate startup or scaleup companies to participate as a Challenge Owner in any one of the Data Study Groups held between December 2018 and March 2020. READ MORE
  18. 18. Support programmes Founders Factory Accelerator and Incubator Open call Our incubator creates 13 new startups every year. We validate ideas, build founding teams and find first customers. We provide 6 months of support and invest £150k in each startup. Our accelerator invests in 35 existing startups every year. We provide oportunities to scale with our partners. 6 months of bespoke support & £30k cash. READ MORE
  19. 19. Support programmes HutZero HutZero is the leading early-stage entrepreneur bootcamp which helps you gain all the tools you need to get your idea off the ground. HutZero has run four programmes in London so far. Seven cyber security startups have been created by the participants. Run by CyLon and the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), HutZero’s FREE two-stage programme connects 20 budding UK entrepreneurs with potential co-founders and a broad network of cyber and innovation experts. READ MORE AND APPLY
  20. 20. Other support Springwise Springwise is the global source for innovation intelligence. Every day, powered by their unique and trusted community of over 20,000 global Springspotters, alongside over 400,000 newsletter subscribers, social followers and premium members, Springwise finds, curates and analyses the hottest innovations from around the globe. Their mission is to deliver you the most cutting edge insight to help you drive positive and sustainable change.Springwise is the antidote to trend reports that are out of date the minute they are published. For full access to their database of over 10,000 innovations plus member only content and personalised alerts - become a member of their global community. READ MORE
  21. 21. Other support Briffa We are lawyers but we are also business strategists and creative thinkers. We love working with all types of businesses, our clients range from start ups to large multinational companies – we enjoy working with both equally. There are 3 main ways we add value for clients: We help you identify, protect, develop, make money from and enforce your intellectual property – we are expert in brand strategy and trade mark portfolio management, innovation and invention, designs, copyright, image rights. Strategy – giving you a competitive edge which increases the value of your business to you and to others. We stop others taking what you have created without paying. We work with you to help grow your business and increase your market share– this may include our experts in negotiating and concluding licensing, franchising and joint venture deals and many other contractual arrangements that are right for your business. READ MORE
  22. 22. Other support Digital Impact Awards Open for entries: 4th February 2019 Final deadline: 21st July 2019 Awards Ceremony: October 2019 The Digital Impact Awards sets the industry-wide benchmark in digital stakeholder engagement. The event honours the best corporate digital communications work in Europe. The Digital Impact Awards has a long-standing reputation in the digital community as the leading event honouring the best corporate digital work. Winning a Digital Impact Award helps set organisations apart from their competitors and provides the opportunity to sustain their current clients, gain new business and engage internal teams. READ MORE
  23. 23. Upcoming events London Blockchain Week 2019 8th – 14th February, London Eureka Celtic Proposers Day 5th February, London Transforming Mental Health and Social Services Through Immersive Technology 5th February, London AI, Blockchain in Connected Medical Devices 7th February, London Smarter innovation to drive growth: a business support workshop for SMEs 19th February, Sheffield Grant Writing Breakfast Briefing 20th February, Cardiff Realising the Opportunities of Blockchain Technology for the Space Sector 28th February, Harwell Robotics and AI Industry showcase 12th March, Manchester Digital Business Meet-Up 14th March, London Immersive and Digital Business Meet-Up 20th March, Bath Women in Innovation: Building Success 20th March, Belfast Keep up-to-date with KTN events here
  24. 24. Investment Private Investment Directory – Digital Refer Digital Refer now includes more than 250 organisations that provide private investment to digital and creative businesses in the UK including: • Accelerator programmes • Business incubators • Start-up studios • Venture Capital funds • Angel investor networks • Corporate Venture Capital firm LINK
  25. 25. Networks: Immerse UK • Augmented and Virtual Reality Independent Network • Bringing together businesses, public sector & research • Free to Join • Learn more about Immersive Tech developments • Help shape UK funding & research policy • Showcase your ideas & identify funding opportunities • Make business connections & form collaborative partnerships http://www.immerseuk.org/
  26. 26. Networks: UK5G https://uk5g.org/ • Promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK • Share the knowledge and lessons of 5G Testbeds & Trials projects • Enable new partnerships between technologists, potential new entrants and major industrial adopters • Support local (and international) investment opportunities
  27. 27. KTN Digital Updates TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR UPDATES, CLICK THE LINK BELOW KTN newsletter registration

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