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

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KTN business briefing dec 2019

  1. 1. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Digital & Creative Business Briefing December 2019
  2. 2. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Content • Feature: AI for Services Insurtech Matchmaking event • Funding competitions • Support programmes • Upcoming events • Investors Directory • Networks • Articles • Register for updates
  3. 3. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Feature: Insurtech Matchmaking event AI for Services, in partnership with Early Metrics, is hosting an exclusive Insurtech Matchmaking event on Thursday 30th January in London. This session will offer innovative AI & Data start-ups the opportunity to meet leading organisations and commercial partners in the insurance sector to help them solve their R&D challenges. Confirmed participants include Axa XL, Brit, Bupa, Dai-chi Life, Direct Line Group and Hiscox. The event will take place from 17:30 – 20:30 on Thursday 30th January in London. Up to 20 of the most innovative companies who apply to attend will be invited to meet with established insurance firms for an evening of facilitated networking. If you are a startup or SME interested in attending, please complete the application form by Thursday 9 January. Before submitting your application, please read the background information on bit.ly/InsurtechMatchmaking
  4. 4. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Funding Innovate UK : Smart Grants: Oct 2019 - Jan 2020 Deadline: 8th January 2020 12:00pm Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innovative or disruptive ideas with a view to commercialisation. This competition provides funding for innovative research and development (R&D) from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype testing and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisation. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applications can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or creative industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy. READ MORE
  5. 5. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Funding Innovate UK : Commercialising quantum technology: technology projects round 1, full stage Deadline: 5th February 2020 12:00pm UK businesses can express an interest in applying for a share of up to £30 million to collaborate on quantum technology development projects. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim is to remove technological barriers to speed up the commercialisation of quantum technologies in the UK and increase private sector investment in the research, development and manufacture of the resulting hardware, software and services. You must identify a technological barrier and propose an innovative project that addresses it to the benefit of UK quantum companies. READ MORE
  6. 6. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Funding Innovate UK : UK-Israel open collaborative R&D competition Deadline: 19 February 2020 12:00pm UK businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million to develop innovative technologies targeting global markets in partnership with Israeli companies. This will support collaborative, business led research and development (R&D) projects which should result in a new product, industrial process or service. Projects must be innovative, involve a technological risk and target large global markets. READ MORE
  7. 7. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Funding ISCF Digital Security by Design Research Projects Deadline: 7th January EPSRC, on behalf of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF), would like to commit up to £8 million (at 80% FEC) to support academic research projects from across the broader research landscape that address specific objectives within the scope of the Digital Security by Design challenge. The aim is to support innovative research projects that will help to move the technology beyond the state of the art, moving Capability Hardware concepts and use forward, without duplicating or conflicting with the existing CHERI research. Applications for full proposals are sought from project teams based at Research Organisations in the UK who are eligible to receive EPSRC funding. READ MORE
  8. 8. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Funding Arts Council National Lottery Project Grants Project Grants is a new open access funding programme for arts and museum projects, and for arts projects in and with libraries. They are an opportunity for artists, cultural practitioners and organisations to work in new ways to help people across England to engage with their work. We support projects in music, theatre, dance, visual arts, literature and combined arts. Across these disciplines, we are also keen to see how you could use creative media to produce and deliver your work. Funding from Project Grants comes from the National Lottery and grants typically range from £1,000 to £100,000 READ MORE
  9. 9. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Funding Epic MegaGrants Epic Games has committed $100 million to support game developers, enterprise professionals, media and entertainment creators, students, educators, and tool developers doing amazing things with Unreal Engine or enhancing open-source capabilities for the 3D graphics community. Show us your projects and you could earn a financial grant to help fuel your success! Grants range from $5,000 to $500,000, and cover a variety of endeavours from enterprise or media and entertainment projects, game development, educational or student uses, and software tool development. No matter what size grant you receive, you will continue to own your IP and will be free to publish however you wish. READ MORE
  10. 10. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Funding Future Leaders Fellowship scheme Future Leaders Fellowships allow early career researchers and innovators from eligible UK businesses to develop their leadership potential through challenging innovation or research projects: • Funding of up to £1.2 million over a four year period, but with considerable flexibility available. Funding will be provided in line with prevailing state aid guidelines. • The ability to attract in individual, or develop an existing employee, who will help create innovative solutions for their business. This could include bringing the most talented international innovators to work in their business in the UK. • A new Reduced Hours Fellowship, in which fellows are able to spend up to 40 percent of their time focused on other activities within the business in order to enhance their career. • The option to collaborate with other organisations (business, academic, public and third sector READ MORE
  11. 11. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Support Programmes The ScaleUp Accelerator KTN supports The Accelerator Network as they launch a new high growth programme - The ScaleUp Accelerator The ScaleUp Accelerator (TSA) is a programme designed to support the CEOs and founders of high growth companies as they progress through the ScaleUp stage of company development and growth. This is most typically supporting companies grow from £1m in annualised review to £10m and beyond. TSA leverages nearly a decade of expertise by The Accelerator Network team delivering accelerator programmes and White Horse Capital’s strong connections in the VC community, with over £300m of funding secured for accelerated startups and scaleups. TSA is the perfect programme for CEOs and founders to address each area of their business in turn to ensure you are ready to grow and raise Series A (VC) funding. This three month programme does this by delivering day-long sprints each week in to the key areas of your business supported by experts and investors. READ MORE
  12. 12. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Support Programmes Financial Conduct Authority Regulatory Sandbox Now open for applications to cohort 6 until 31 December 2019. The regulatory sandbox allows businesses to test innovative propositions in the market with real consumers. The sandbox is open to authorised firms, unauthorised firms that require authorisation and technology businesses that are looking to deliver innovation in the UK financial services market. All applications will be assessed against our eligibility criteria which are set out below. A particular interest in receiving applications from firms with propositions that: • make finance work for everyone – by addressing issues around access, exclusion and vulnerability • support the UK in the move to a greener economy – by responding to the challenges posed by climate change • use technology to overcome regulatory challenges – by helping regulated firms comply with their obligations And from firms using: • federated learning and travelling algorithms • complex scenario modelling and simulation READ MORE
  13. 13. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Support Programmes Advantage Creative Advantage Creative CIC supports the development of innovation, entrepreneurship, and talent in the creative industries. We reinvest all profits from our investments into further activity to support creative entrepreneurs. We blend seed investment with expert business advice to help creative businesses grow. We work in partnership with banks, investors, and a wide range of public and private sector partners to establish finance and enterprise initiatives for the creative industries. These include: ‒ Incubator programmes for creative entrepreneurs at the very start of their journey ‒ Accelerator programmes for creative startups to help them grow ‒ Angel investment for creative companies to seed fund their development READ MORE
  14. 14. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Support programmes Creative England Creative England uncovers, connects and backs the best original storytellers; driving diversity, collaboration and growth in the creative screen industries. Our vision is for England’s creative people and businesses to be the most innovative and successful in the world. Creative England creates opportunities for new voices, products and services to emerge, helping to build inclusive, sustainable creative communities. We showcase new and emerging talent. We invest in businesses, connect them to new markets and help them to create jobs. We mobilise public and private resources to make this possible. We partner with commercial brands, like Sky Arts and Xbox, along with local authorities, universities and European bodies. READ MORE
  15. 15. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Support programmes VocTech Funding rounds Voctech Seed 2019 provides up to £50K in funding for up to 12 months. Projects are at an early stage, solving clearly identifiable vocational learning problems. Stage 1 - open 15 January - 8th February (5pm) Stage 2 - open 11th March - 5th April (5pm)Expected decision 31st May VocTech Impact 2019 provides £150-300K in funding, for projects 18-24 months in length. Projects have proven ideas and are able to show wide social impact. Ufi funding enables large scale piloting and demonstration. Stage 1 open 5th June - 28th June (5pm) Stage 2 open 1st August - 13th September (5pm) Expected decision 31st October VocTech Specialist 2019 is a new funding round which will focus on improving vocational learning in specific sectors that are important to the economy but under-served by current provision. Stage 1 open 12th March - 5th April (5pm) READ MORE
  16. 16. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Support programmes Cyber ASAP – Register your interest CyberASAP Year 4 is planned, subject to funding approval, and is likely to be open for applications in January/February 2020 and to commence in April 2020. Academics and University Technology Transfer Officers who are interested in applying should register here and we will inform you when more details are available. READ MORE
  17. 17. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Support programmes Knowledge Transfer Partnership • The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in the UK to innovate and grow by linking them with an academic or research organisation and a graduate. • The scheme can last between 12 and 36 months, depending on what the project is and the needs of the business. • A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the salary of the Associate who will work with your business, plus the cost of a supervisor who will oversee the scheme. READ MORE
  18. 18. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Featured Upcoming event AI for Services: Insurtech Matchmaking AI for Services, in partnership with Early Metrics, is hosting an exclusive Insurtech Matchmaking event on Thursday 30th January in London. This session will offer innovative AI & Data start-ups the opportunity to meet leading organisations and commercial partners in the insurance sector to help them solve their R&D challenges. Confirmed participants include Axa XL, Brit, Bupa, Dai-chi Life, Direct Line Group and Hiscox. The event will take place from 17:30 – 20:30 on Thursday 30th January in London. Up to 20 of the most innovative companies who apply to attend will be invited to meet with established insurance firms for an evening of facilitated networking. If you are a startup or SME interested in attending, please complete the application form by Thursday 9 January. Before submitting your application, please read the background information on bit.ly/InsurtechMatchmaking READ MORE
  19. 19. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Upcoming events Lunchtime Webinar – Women in Innovation Financial Planning 17th December, Webcast 1200-1300 Innovate UK in the East Midlands 8th January, Nottingham Inspiring Investment 14th January, London 5G 2020 Unleashed 29th January, London Insurtech Matchmaking Event (by application only) 30th January 2020, London Digital Business Meet-up: Cybersecurity 6th February, London Keep up-to-date with KTN events here
  20. 20. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK 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
  21. 21. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK 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/
  22. 22. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Networks: AI for Services aiforservices.org The AI for Services network brings together Data and Artificial Intelligence businesses and academics with professionals working in the high value service sectors of legal, accountancy insurance and finance. This initiative is part of the Industrial Strategy Next Generation Services Challenge fund programme. If you are an expert working in the field of Artificial Intelligence and data and looking to engage with the services sector, or a professional enthusiast wanting to stay up to date with the innovation happening in your sector, register today to join the Network and: Get news, resources and insight straight to your inbox Receive invitations to events Share your success stories with the community Promote your events or webinars
  23. 23. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Networks: Geospacial Insights https://ktn-uk.co.uk/interests/geospatial The world is powered by data; turning data into information helps us make decisions across all sectors of the economy. This network is all about connecting the data holders and data processors with the people that can benefit from the insight geospatial data can provide. From the large imagery data sets provided by earth observation through to sensor data connected through the Internet of Things, the network special interest group will convene and connect people across sectors to help them identify and overcome their geospatial data challenges and create opportunities to drive economic growth. Over the next two years, KTN will be running a series of workshops to raise awareness of the insights geospatial data can bring to key sectors such as infrastructure, finance, agri-food, transport and health.
  24. 24. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK 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
  25. 25. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK Featured Articles UK5G: An examination of the state of mobile connectivity in the UK and how it affects small businesses AI for Services: How startups and corporates can collaborate to drive innovation Cyber ASAP: How to win investment in just a minute European Tech Founder Portrait
  26. 26. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK KTN Digital Updates TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR UPDATES, CLICK THE LINK BELOW KTN newsletter registration
  27. 27. www.ktn-uk.org @KTNUK The KTN Digital & Creative Team https://ktn-uk.co.uk/interests/digital-creative

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