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  1. CREATIVE, DIGITAL & DESIGN BUSINESS DIGEST  January 2018  A monthly round-up of useful information for UK businesses seeking business support @ktnuk
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  3. Main Feature  Innovate UK funding calls Funding Competitions  Upcoming Events  Investment Latest News Contents 
  4. Main Feature READ MORE  It’s a rather gloomy perspective to take at the beginning of a New Year, but one potential scenario for 2018 is that the geo-political outlook for the next 12 months will become even more confrontational, chaotic and unpredictable than it was in the last.   The View from Here: From cybersecurity to internet connectivity, our 2018 predictions.
  5. Open sector competition round 4 Closes: 28 February 2018 Funding  Innovate UK is investing £19 million in this competition. Open to the best business-led cutting-edge or disruptive ideas or concepts with a view to commercialisation, ideas can come from any technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries) and apply to any part of the economy. CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE
  6. November 2017 sector competition: strand 1 Manufacturing and Materials Closes: 31 Jan 2018 Funding  Innovate UK is to invest up to £19 million to support innovation across the manufacturing and materials and Infrastructure systems sectors. Funded projects will target opportunities that offer significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovations.  CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE
  7. £19m Available in Innovate UK's January Sector Health & Life Sciences, and Emerging & Enabling Competition Closes: 07 Feb 2018 Funding  Innovate UK is investing up to £19 million to support innovation that offers significant changes in productivity and cutting-edge innovation. The competition has 2 strands, strand 1 is for health and life sciences projects and strand 2 is for emerging and enabling technologies projects. A further £12 million is available to fund Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs).  CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE
  8. Upcoming Events  Tue  23 January, London Building the European digital health environment – Turning best practice into mainstreamed implementation! Thur  25 January, Exeter Beyond the business as usual: Innovate UK in the South West Mon, 22 Jan, London | Wed, 24 Jan, Edinburgh | Mon, 29 Jan, Cardiff  | Thu, 8 Feb, Leeds Health and Life Sciences and Emerging and Enabling Technologies Round 4 Competition Briefing Event 25 Jan - 27 Mar - Regional  Innovate UK’s regional events Thur 15 Feb, London Digital Business Drop-in 
  9. Upcoming Events  Tue 27 Mar, Exeter Innovation South Showcase Tue 20 Feb, Manchester Digital Business Drop-in 
  10. Investment  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 firms   CLICK TO FIND OUT MORE Private Investment Directory
  11. Latest News FIND OUT MORE Major funding opportunity for the UK's creative industries As part of its Industrial Strategy, the Government has announced a major funding opportunity for the UK's creative industries, with the potential for a £33m challenge fund, "Audience of the Future", looking at how UK businesses and researchers can develop new VR/AR products, services and experiences that will capture the world’s attention and position the UK as the global leader in immersive technologies.
  12. Latest News Cyber Security Academic Startups Programme (Year 2) competition opens 22 January FIND OUT MORE Innovate UK in partnership with and supported by Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) are investing up to £500,000 innovative cyber security ideas coming from the academic research base.
  13. Latest News Tech City UK’s flagship Tech Nation survey online now FIND OUT MORE Responses will be included in Tech City UK’s flagship Tech Nation report 2018, which will comprehensively map the state of the digital tech sector in the UK and you will be entered into a charity draw to receive a £1,000 donation from Tech City UK.
  14. "If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."  Milton Berle