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KTN Digital and Creative Business Briefing November 2019

  1. 1. Digital & Crea,ve Business Briefing November 2019
  2. 2. Content • Funding competitions • Support programmes • Upcoming events • Investors Directory • Networks • Register for updates
  3. 3. Funding Innovate UK Smart Grants: Oct 2019 - Jan 2020 Deadline: 8th January Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant funding’ programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innova@on, will invest up to £25 million in the best game-changing, innova@ve or disrup@ve ideas with a view to commercialisa@on. This compe@@on provides funding for innova@ve research and development (R&D) from feasibility (including market research), through to technology or prototype tes@ng and development stages up to (but not including) commercialisa@on. All proposals must be business focused, rather than pure research. Applica@ons can come from any area of technology (including arts, design, media or crea@ve industries), science or engineering and be applied to any part of the economy. READ MORE
  4. 4. Funding Enabling Data Access in Accountancy, Insurance and Legal Services: Innova,on Lab Deadline: noon, 20th November UKRI/ Innovate UK has just launched a new funding compe@@on as part of the Industrial Strategy Next Genera@on Services Challenge: Up to £3.5 million will be awarded to projects developing data access methods to enable the applica@on of ar@ficial intelligence (AI) and data technologies in the accountancy, insurance and legal services sector. With a note: For those organisa@ons that were not selected to the Innova@on Lab but are looking to join a consor@a as a partner, please join the AI for Services Network : hp://aiforservices.org . READ MORE
  5. 5. Funding Innova,on loans: September 2019 open compe,,on Deadline: 27th November Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innova@ve late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disrup@ve ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisa@on and economic impact. Your project should aim to develop new products, processes or services which are significantly ahead of anything similar in the field. You can also propose an innova@ve use of exis@ng products, processes or services. Your proposal can use any technology from any part of the economy. Your project must focus on commercialisa@on, growth or scale up. READ MORE
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. Funding Epic MegaGrants Epic Games has commied $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 capabili@es 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, educa@onal or student uses, and sogware tool development. No maer what size grant you receive, you will con@nue to own your IP and will be free to publish however you wish. READ MORE
  8. 8. Funding Future Leaders Fellowship scheme Future Leaders Fellowships allow early career researchers and innovators from eligible UK businesses to develop their leadership poten@al through challenging innova@on 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 aract in individual, or develop an exis@ng employee, who will help create innova@ve solu@ons for their business. This could include bringing the most talented interna@onal 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 @me focused on other ac@vi@es within the business in order to enhance their career. • The op@on to collaborate with other organisa@ons (business, academic, public and third sector READ MORE
  9. 9. Support Programmes Innova,on Alley at Smart Factory Expo Date: 13-14 November, Liverpool Innova@on Alley sits at the heart of Smart Factory Expo, one of The Manufacturer’s key events taking place in Liverpool on 13-14 November arac@ng over 6000 manufacturing visitors from all over the UK and Europe. Innova@on Alley is an ideal plalorm for start-ups and early-stage businesses to forge new partnerships with solu@on providers, customers and industry experts. Hosted by Innovate UK in partnership with KTN, HVM Catapult, Made Smarter and STFC, we are invi@ng companies who are interested in being part of Innova@on Alley to Apply for a space. An Innova@on Alley space is FREE and is open to start up and early stage companies with innova@ve products or services targeted at manufacturers who haven’t exhibited in previous years. READ MORE
  10. 10. Support Programmes BLOCK-SPRINT Hackathon Multiple events between November 11th - 22nd in London What breakthrough can you make in just two weeks? £100,000 of prizes and benefits to be won! Still haven’t managed to put a team together? Register here for the application evening on Friday November 8th which will be the last event we run where we can help you find teammates (https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/block-sprint-application-evening-tickets-73411432571)Already have a winning team assembled! Apply here before Sunday 10th November (http://blockchain.cs.ucl.ac.uk/block-sprint-application-page/) Block-Sprint is a hackathon run by the UCL Centre for Blockchain Technologies, Ripple and supported by Capital Enterprise, taking place over multiple events between 11th and 22nd November in London. It’s aimed at creating rapid innovation in the areas of payments and decentralised finance utilising any blockchain/DLT and AI technologies. Block-Sprint will give you the chance to... • Be part of diverse teams including individuals from multiple companies • Create original and innovative ideas • Discover fresh talent • Collaborate, network, and share cutting edge ideas with like-minded people. Find out more about Block-Sprint here
  11. 11. Support Programmes The ScaleUp Accellerator 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 suppor@ng companies grow from £1m in annualised review to £10m and beyond. TSA leverages nearly a decade of exper@se by The Accelerator Network team delivering accelerator programmes and White Horse Capital’s strong connec@ons 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. Support Programmes Financial Conduct Authority Regulatory Sandbox Now open for applica,ons to cohort 6 un,l 31 December 2019. The regulatory sandbox allows businesses to test innova@ve proposi@ons in the market with real consumers. The sandbox is open to authorised firms, unauthorised firms that require authorisa@on and technology businesses that are looking to deliver innova@on in the UK financial services market. All applica@ons will be assessed against our eligibility criteria which are set out below. A par@cular interest in receiving applica@ons from firms with proposi@ons 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 obliga@ons And from firms using: • federated learning and travelling algorithms • complex scenario modelling and simula@on READ MORE
  13. 13. Support Programmes London & Partners - The London Business Awards 2020 are now open Take a minute to celebrate the crea@vity and diversity of London business. Explore the awards categories, enter or nominate now hcp://bit.ly/lba2020
  14. 14. Support Programmes AI for Good - Microsog for Start-ups programme Deadline : 15th November #AIforGood programme for UK purpose-driven ventures] ⁉ Can you answer these ques@ons ⁉ " • Are you a start-up with a tech solu@on and / or using AI to help saving lives? #AIforHumanitarianAc,on 😍 • Are you a purpose-driven ventures with a tech solu@on that can empower people with disabili@es? #AIforAccessibility 🌍 • Are you an organiza@on with a tech solu@on and / or that is applying AI to environmental challenges, by helping them harness the full power of cloud compu@ng? #AIforEarth 🖼 • Do you have a solu@on which can plays an important role in preserving our past? #AIforCulturalHeritage If yes, this programme is for you! hcps://lnkd.in/esZEWSF Apply now for the AI for Good 2020 accelerator programme: 📍 Microsog for Startups, London ⏰ February 2020 💲 Cost: ***FREE OF CHARGE*** 🎟 Applica@on form: hcps://lnkd.in/diNGgF5
  15. 15. Support Programmes Advantage Crea,ve Advantage Crea@ve CIC supports the development of innova@on, entrepreneurship, and talent in the crea,ve industries. We reinvest all profits from our investments into further ac@vity to support crea@ve entrepreneurs. We blend seed investment with expert business advice to help crea@ve businesses grow. We work in partnership with banks, investors, and a wide range of public and private sector partners to establish finance and enterprise ini@a@ves for the crea@ve industries. These include: ‒ Incubator programmes for crea@ve entrepreneurs at the very start of their journey ‒ Accelerator programmes for crea@ve startups to help them grow ‒ Angel investment for crea@ve companies to seed fund their development READ MORE
  16. 16. Support programmes Crea,ve England Crea@ve England uncovers, connects and backs the best original storytellers; driving diversity, collabora@on and growth in the crea@ve screen industries. Our vision is for England’s crea@ve people and businesses to be the most innova@ve and successful in the world. Crea@ve England creates opportuni@es for new voices, products and services to emerge, helping to build inclusive, sustainable crea@ve communi@es. 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 authori@es, universi@es and European bodies. READ MORE
  17. 17. 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 organisa@on 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. Upcoming events Innova,on Loans Open Compe,,on Briefing Event 2019 (Essex) 8th November, Colchester Innova,on Loans Open Compe,,on Briefing Event 2019 (Cambridge) 8th November, Cambridge Collaborate to innovate – an event to help your business innovate and grow 12th November, Birmingham An Introduc,on to Management KTPs (Knowledge Transfer Partnerships) 13th November, Salford CAN DO Innova,on Summit 20th November, Glasgow VentureFest North West 20th November, Manchester Beyond 2019 20th-21st November, Edinburgh Expression of Interest: Industry 4.0 and Immersive Technologies - For the Energy, Manufacturing and Utility Sectors 21st November, Leeds Expression of Interest: 5G for Immersive Technologies - Unlocking the Full Potential - Salford 29th November, Salford Digital Business Meet-up: Fintech and Blockchain 12th December, London Keep up-to-date with KTN events here
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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 & iden@fy funding opportuni@es • Make business connec@ons & form collabora@ve partnerships hp://www.immerseuk.org/
  21. 21. Networks: UK5G hps://uk5g.org/ • Promo@on of research, collabora@on and the commercial applica@on of 5G in the UK • Share the knowledge and lessons of 5G Testbeds & Trials projects • Enable new partnerships between technologists, poten@al new entrants and major industrial adopters • Support local (and interna@onal) investment opportuni@es
  22. 22. Networks: AI for Services hps://ktn-uk.co.uk/interests/ai-for-services The AI for Services network brings together Data and Ar@ficial Intelligence businesses and academics with professionals working in the high value service sectors of legal, accountancy insurance and finance. • This ini@a@ve is part of the Industrial Strategy Next Genera@on Services Challenge fund programme. • If you are an expert working in the field of Ar@ficial Intelligence and data and looking to engage with the services sector, or a professional enthusiast wan@ng to stay up to date with the innova@on happening in your sector, register today to join the Network and: • Get news, resources and insight straight to your inbox • Receive invita@ons to events • Share your success stories with the community • Promote your events or webinars
  23. 23. Networks: Geospacial Insights hps://ktn-uk.co.uk/interests/geospa@al The world is powered by data; turning data into informa@on helps us make decisions across all sectors of the economy. This network is all about connec@ng the data holders and data processors with the people that can benefit from the insight geospa@al data can provide. From the large imagery data sets provided by earth observa@on 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 iden@fy and overcome their geospa@al data challenges and create opportuni@es to drive economic growth. Over the next two years, KTN will be running a series of workshops to raise awareness of the insights geospa@al data can bring to key sectors such as infrastructure, finance, agri-food, transport and health.
  24. 24. KTN Digital Updates TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR UPDATES, CLICK THE LINK BELOW KTN newslecer registra,on
  25. 25. The KTN Digital & Creative Team hcps://ktn-uk.co.uk/interests/digital-crea,ve

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