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Digital
& Creative Business Briefing
September 2019
Content
• Feature
• Funding competitions
• Support programmes
• Training and Awards
• Investors Directory
• Networks
• Upc...
Feature
AI for Services - networking opportunity
Join AI For Services (aiforservices.org): A UK wide network bringing toge...
Feature
Geospacial Insights : Stimulating cross sector innovation - networking opportunity
The world is powered by data; t...
Funding
Innovate UK Innovation Loans : Summer 2019
Deadline: 11th
September
Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in l...
Funding
EUREKA: Singapore open competition
Deadline: 19th
September
EUREKA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, anno...
Funding
Enabling Data Access in Accountancy, Insurance and Legal Services: Innovation Lab
Competition opens: Monday 14 Oct...
Funding
Innovate UK Smart Grants: Summer 2019
Deadline: 16th
October
Smart is the new name for Innovate UK’s ‘Open grant f...
Funding
Digital Security by Design - Collaborators' Workshop
Deadline: 16th October
£70m Digital Security by Design Challe...
Funding
DCMS 5G Programme Rural Connected Communities grant funding competition
Deadline: 25th October
The Rural Connected...
Funding
Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials: Manufacturing and Logistics Sectors Projects
Deadline: 10th October
This competit...
Funding
ISCF Healthy Ageing Investment Accelerator: round 1
Deadline: 30th October
Innovate UK, part of UK Research and In...
Support Programmes
The ScaleUp Accellerator
KTN supports The Accelerator Network as they launch a new high growth programm...
Break Through Innovation II supports companies to become design-led organisations
Businesses who understand the power of b...
Support programmes
MSDUK
MSDUK is proud to champion the best of British ethnic minority businesses and work with progressi...
Support programmes
Virgin StartUp - StepUp
StepUp is a 2-day programme designed for female founders who want to take their...
Support programmes
Capital Enterprise – OneTech
OneTech supports underrepresented tech founders in London. One of our main...
Support programmes
Plexal - OpenDoor
When it comes to levelling the playing field, we’re looking to the innovation communi...
Support programmes
Knowledge Transfer Partnership
• The Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) scheme helps businesses in th...
Support programmes
SETsquared Support Programme
From idea to scale-up, SETsquared has a comprehensive range of programmes ...
Support programmes
Start-Up Campus Global
Start-up Campus is a decentralised global incubator with several interlaced loca...
Support programmes
Westcott Business Incubation Centre support programmes
The Westcott Business Incubation Centre (BIC) is...
Investment
Private Investment Directory – Digital Refer
Digital Refer now includes more than 250 organisations that provid...
Networks: Immerse UK
• Augmented and Virtual Reality Independent Network
• Bringing together businesses, public sector & r...
Networks: UK5G
https://uk5g.org/
• Promotion of research, collaboration and the commercial application of 5G in the UK
• S...
Networks: KTN Special Interest Groups
KTN Special Interest Groups
Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are KTN projects that foc...
Upcoming events
MSDUK 2019 Conference
17th – 18th September, London
Women in Innovation: Building Success in the North
24t...
KTN Digital Updates
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KTN business Briefing September 2019

  1. 1. Digital & Creative Business Briefing September 2019
  2. 2. Content • Feature • Funding competitions • Support programmes • Training and Awards • Investors Directory • Networks • Upcoming events • Register for updates
  3. 3. Feature AI for Services - networking opportunity Join AI For Services (aiforservices.org): A UK wide network bringing together Data and Artificial Intelligence businesses and academics with professionals working in the high value service sectors of legal, accountancy insurance and finance. This is a free membership to stay up to date with the innovation happening in the sector, connect with academic, industry experts and ambitious high growth entrepreneurs, and join insightful events. READ MORE
  4. 4. Feature Geospacial Insights : Stimulating cross sector innovation - networking opportunity The world is powered by data; turning data into information helps us make decisions across all sectors of the economy. This special interest group 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 SIG will convene and connect people across sectors to help them identify and overcome their geospatial data challenges and create opportunities to drive economic growth. READ MORE
  5. 5. Funding Innovate UK Innovation Loans : Summer 2019 Deadline: 11th September Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact. Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field . Your proposal can come from any technology and any part of the economy. Projects must focus on commercialisation, growth or scale up. Priority is given to proposals likely to lead to growth and gains in productivity. Projects should last up to 5 years, of which up to 3 years can focus on late stage research and development (R&D), and up to 2 more years on establishing a clear route to commercial success. Loan repayments will be required over a further period of up to 5 years. READ MORE
  6. 6. Funding EUREKA: Singapore open competition Deadline: 19th September EUREKA, in partnership with Enterprise Singapore, announce a Global Stars funding competition for research and development (R&D) projects under the EUREKA programme. Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is investing £1 million to fund UK businesses leading collaborative research and development (R&D) projects. Projects should result in a new product, industrial process or service, be innovative and involve a technological risk. Projects must be co-ordinated by a lead partner from the UK and a lead partner from Singapore. Partners from each additional country should also nominate a lead from that country. READ MORE
  7. 7. Funding Enabling Data Access in Accountancy, Insurance and Legal Services: Innovation Lab Competition opens: Monday 14 October 2019 Competition closes: Wednesday 20 November 2019 12:00pm UKRI/ Innovate UK has just launched a new funding competition as part of the Industrial Strategy Next Generation Services Challenge: Up to £3.5 million will be awarded to projects developing data access methods to enable the application of artificial intelligence (AI) and data technologies in the accountancy, insurance and legal services sector. This is the second stage of a two part competition READ MORE
  8. 8. Funding Innovate UK Smart Grants: Summer 2019 Deadline: 16th October 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
  9. 9. Funding Digital Security by Design - Collaborators' Workshop Deadline: 16th October £70m Digital Security by Design Challenge: Collaborators' Workshop KTN is running a collaborators’ workshop on 26 September 2019 in London to explain more about the Digital Security by Design Challenge announced by the government. The Digital Security by Design challenge has been recently announced by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS). This challenge, amounting to £70 million of government funding over 5 years, will be delivered by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF). This Collaborators’ Workshop will provide an opportunity to hear more details of the challenge and forthcoming competitions. There will also be an opportunity for delegates to present and discuss potential collaborations. READ MORE
  10. 10. Funding DCMS 5G Programme Rural Connected Communities grant funding competition Deadline: 25th October The Rural Connected Communities project (RCC) is supporting the overall strategy for improving mobile coverage and driving successful 5G implementation in the UK. Improving the case for investment in rural network deployment by testing new commercial and technical solutions for more efficient deployment of advanced network infrastructure including 5G. The Rural Connected Communities (RCC) competition will fund up to 10 5G research and development projects to run over the course of two years. These projects will trial innovative use cases and technical solutions to build the business case for investment in rural connectivity and explore the capabilities of 5G to benefit rural communities. They will also help demonstrate demand from a variety of economic sectors and rural communities for 5G technologies. Connectivity applications are expected to show a combination of societal and economic benefits that will together create a stronger case for investing in the deployment of 5G infrastructure for rural areas. Briefing event 12 September 2019, Leeds – READ MORE
  11. 11. Funding Industrial 5G Testbeds & Trials: Manufacturing and Logistics Sectors Projects Deadline: 10th October This competition is aimed at consortia led by private sector companies and requires the participation of at least one small or medium sized enterprise (SME). The application should be submitted by the lead project partner. Leading a consortium will include development and leading the delivery of the project and proactively encouraging participation from small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). The details of project roles and eligibility are provided in the Competition Guidance and supporting documents. These projects will explore 5G deployment and industrial use cases in the areas of manufacturing and logistics. We are seeking involvement from a range of companies that have the potential to contribute to the testbeds and trials, such as manufacturing and logistics companies, system integrators, mobile and fixed network operators, and equipment suppliers. Public sector, Academic, and Research and Technology Organisations may also be involved. READ MORE
  12. 12. Funding ISCF Healthy Ageing Investment Accelerator: round 1 Deadline: 30th October Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, is inviting UK registered investors to partner with us. Together we will distribute a share of up to £12 million in grants to micro, small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and social enterprises registered in the UK, alongside private equity capital. Grant funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. The aim of this competition is to encourage early private investment in innovative healthy ageing technologies, including products, services and business models. This is phase 1 of a 2 phase competition. The second phase will be open to SMEs to apply for grant funding and equity investment. READ MORE
  13. 13. 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 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
  14. 14. Break Through Innovation II supports companies to become design-led organisations Businesses who understand the power of being human-centred design focused, realise that this is a key strategic tool to aid the growth of their business. It is increasingly understood that bringing designers to the table in early-stage innovation processes can make a crucial difference. For start-ups, strategic design helps get brilliant ideas to the right market. For established businesses, it helps reposition or expand their offering. READ MORE Support programmes
  15. 15. Support programmes MSDUK MSDUK is proud to champion the best of British ethnic minority businesses and work with progressive global corporations that understand the value of supply chain inclusion and diversity. Since 2006, MSDU has worked with over 125 global brands and more than 1500 EMBs, introducing hundreds of ethnic minority founders – offering them a platform to showcase their innovative ideas, and provide them access to knowledge, investment and market to help them grow and achieve their dreams. READ MORE
  16. 16. Support programmes Virgin StartUp - StepUp StepUp is a 2-day programme designed for female founders who want to take their business to scale. The programme includes a series of workshops and networking opportunities to help founders develop the skills and knowledge they need in order to take their business to the next level. We have designed StepUp to focus on the areas of business which we know founders will get the most value from; sales, funding and investment. Over the course of the two days, participants will hear from a host of expert speakers and entrepreneurs who have successfully scaled their start-ups in the last few years. READ MORE
  17. 17. Support programmes Capital Enterprise – OneTech OneTech supports underrepresented tech founders in London. One of our main goals is to double the number of female and BAME-led tech start-ups raising investment through our programmes. The programme offers a range of dedicated support for young people, including a pre-Accelerator, startup weekends and help brokering connections between young people seeking paid internships and tech startups looking for interns. If you’re a student looking for an internship or a young founder seeking ongoing support as you get your business off of the ground, look no further! If you’re 18 – 24 years old, register for either branch of the support. READ MORE
  18. 18. Support programmes Plexal - OpenDoor When it comes to levelling the playing field, we’re looking to the innovation community. So if you’ve got a solution that can help boost social inclusion and make it easier for people from under-represented groups to start a business, find work or succeed in their career, we want to help you scale. As well as a bespoke package of support, we’ll help you get in front of largest tech companies and organisations. Applications are open now and close at midnight on 12 July. READ MORE
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. Support programmes SETsquared Support Programme From idea to scale-up, SETsquared has a comprehensive range of programmes which will help boost your business to the next level. SETsquared is a unique enterprise partnership and a dynamic collaboration between the five leading research-led UK universities of Bath, Bristol, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey. Twice ranked as the Global No. 1 Business Incubator, we provide a wide range of highly acclaimed support programmes to help turn ideas into thriving businesses. READ MORE
  21. 21. Support programmes Start-Up Campus Global Start-up Campus is a decentralised global incubator with several interlaced locations that help to accelerate the global expansion process of start-ups and to create a close connection with the ecosystems. We believe in the importance of quality control, and thus remain selective when including start-ups to our portfolio. ”OUR MISSION IS TO BUILD BRIDGES BETWEEN COUNTRIES, MARKETS AND INTERNATIONAL STARTUP ECOSYSTEMS.” Through working with many startups over the years, we have found, that one of their biggest problems is global expansion. They are unsure about the: HOW? WHEN? WHERE? Therefore, there is a significant demand for a service that provides professional help with global expansion and can guarantee a local presence for the start-ups. Soft-landing programmes and business development tours encourage the international market entry of start-ups. READ MORE
  22. 22. Support programmes Westcott Business Incubation Centre support programmes The Westcott Business Incubation Centre (BIC) is located on the Westcott Venture Park, near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire. Our mission is to encourage the development of new companies working in the strategic growth areas of rocket propulsion, 5G communications, drones and other autonomous systems. You can find out more about our focus areas Westcott is already home to a thriving nucleus of space companies. The Westcott BIC will work together with existing expertise on the site and other planned investments, including the UK Space Agency’s National Propulsion Test Centre, Reaction Engines’ rocket engine test facility, the Westcott 5G Step-out Centre and the Westcott Innovation Centre. The Westcott BIC is funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)and developed by the Satellite Applications Catapult, Rockspring Hanover Property Unit Trust and Buckinghamshire Thames Valley Local Enterprise Partnership (BTVLEP). READ MORE
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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/
  25. 25. 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 • Collaboration Exchange : https://uk5g.org/connect/collaborate/
  26. 26. Networks: KTN Special Interest Groups KTN Special Interest Groups Special Interest Groups (SIGs) are KTN projects that focus KTN activity and accelerate innovation in cross-disciplinary topics of strategic importance. SIGs are time-bound activities across a wide range of specialist areas to connect and catalyse people and activities to achieve specific knowledge transfer and innovation outcomes. SIGs typically achieve their objectives over a small number of years and are replaced by new higher-priority areas of focus. Read More
  27. 27. Upcoming events MSDUK 2019 Conference 17th – 18th September, London Women in Innovation: Building Success in the North 24th September Immersive Tech in Academia and Industry 12th September, Cardiff DCMS Rural Connected Communities – Competition Briefing Event 12th September, Leeds What can your business do to reduce plastic waste? – challenges and solutions 18th September, Manchester How to make your XR company low-risk & commercially successful 19th September, London Women in Innovation: Building Success - North West 24th September, Manchester TechDay London 25th October, London Digital Security by Design - Collaborators' Workshop 26th September, London Break Through Innovation 2 1st October, London Digital Business Meet Up: Creative Industries 3rd October, London Keep up-to-date with KTN events here
  28. 28. KTN Digital Updates TO SUBSCRIBE TO OUR UPDATES, CLICK THE LINK BELOW KTN newsletter registration

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