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Creative & Digital Business Briefing - September 2016

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Summary of the latest funding competitions and support for Digital, Creative & Design startups and SMEs.

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Creative & Digital Business Briefing - September 2016

  1. 1. Creative, Digital & Design Business Briefing A digest of useful information for UK businesses seeking funding and support, updated monthly September 2016 @KTN_Creative
  2. 2. If you think there’s something that we've missed… please let us know: cdd@ktn-uk.org
  3. 3. Contents • Feature • Innovate UK funding calls • Horizon 2020 • Public funding • Events • Private financing • Support organisations • Personal Data Network
  4. 4. ***Feature*** AR/VR and Wearable Technology Marketplace Rolls-Royce, Innovate UK and Knowledge Transfer Network working in Partnership Tuesday, 27 September 2016 from 10:00 to 16:00 (BST) If you want to learn about how AR and Wearables could help your business, come and join us for a day of presentations, showcases and demo's from some of the UK's leading AR/VR businesses
  5. 5. Key feature: Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects to stimulate the new products and services of tomorrow. The aim of this competition is to help businesses innovate to find new revenue sources. Proposals should show how to achieve a step change in business growth, productivity and export opportunities for at least one UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME). Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 30 November 2016 and apply before noon on Wednesday 7 December 2016. More info at gov.uk Emerging and Enabling Technologies Innovate UK funding calls
  6. 6. Key feature: Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in the infrastructure systems sector. The aim of this competition is to encourage the development of business-led innovative solutions that will help provide: affordable, sustainable and secure energy, connected transport, urban living, integrated infrastructure and resilience of infrastructure to environmental and social pressures. Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 14 September 2016 and apply before noon on Wednesday 21 September 2016. You can watch a recording of the 12 July briefing event here. More info at gov.uk Innovation in infrastructure systems Innovate UK funding calls
  7. 7. Key feature: Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £19.5 million in quantum technologies. The aim of this competition is to encourage collaborative R&D projects and feasibility studies that will either: - develop prototype devices and demonstrators of quantum technologies or their component technologies - improve the understanding of the technical, business or market challenges of taking a new device or service to market Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 26 September 2016 and apply for the expression of interest stage before noon on Wednesday 5 October 2016. Register here for a Birmingham networking event on 8 Sep, 10:00-17:00 Innovate UK funding calls More info at gov.uk Commercialisation of quantum technologies
  8. 8. Key feature: Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) are to invest up to £5 million in innovation projects to stimulate new partnerships across robotics and autonomous systems (RAS). The aim of this competition is to enable UK companies to explore new RAS opportunities. It will enable them to develop capabilities for application in many sectors of the UK economy. Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 19 October 2016 and apply before noon on 26 October 2016. More info at gov.uk Robotics and autonomous systems Innovate UK funding calls
  9. 9. Key feature: Businesses can apply for a share of up to £24 million to research vehicle technology that provides major reductions in real-world emissions. We are looking for projects developing low-cost, highly integrated systems enabling zero emission journeys. Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 19 October 2016 and apply before noon on 26 October 2016. More info at gov.uk Low emission vehicle systems IDP13 Innovate UK funding calls
  10. 10. Key feature: Businesses can apply for a share of up to £35 million to research and develop connected and autonomous vehicle technologies. Projects need to come up with technical solutions for connected and autonomous vehicle features that provide real-world benefits to users. Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 2 November 2016 and apply before noon on 9 November 2016. More info at gov.uk Connected and autonomous vehicles 2 Innovate UK funding calls
  11. 11. Innovative Research Call 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection The Innovative Research Call (IRC) 2016 for Explosives and Weapons Detection is to invest up to £3 million in research projects. Projects can develop original ideas. They can also adapt successful technologies, techniques or processes from other fields. Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 12 October 2016 and apply before 19 October 2016 Register to attend the bidders’ conference, 27 September More info on: gov.uk Innovate UK funding calls
  12. 12. Key feature: Innovate UK is to invest up to £1.2 million to support innovative UK SMEs in carrying out short international cooperation feasibility studies. These studies should build international business networks. The aim is to enable commercial research and innovation partnerships, and future collaboration. Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 21 September 2016 and apply before noon on 28 September 2016. More info at gov.uk Global cooperation feasibility studies Innovate UK funding calls
  13. 13. Key feature: A scheme to help businesses innovate and grow by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate', brings new skills and knowledge to the business. A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the cost of the supervisor and the salary of the associate. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 2016 deadlines are: 7 September & 2 November More info on: gov.uk Innovate UK funding calls
  14. 14. Horizon 2020 (H2020) Key feature: The H2020 programme is the major funding opportunity for R&D initiatives across Europe running up until 2020. There is a strong emphasis on creative industries, design and digital technologies. Upcoming calls: Full details about the workplan for the Information and Communication Technologies Call are available here. Calls within the H2020 ICT work plan that are relevant to the creative and digital industries include: SME Instrument Phase 1: Engaging SMEs in security research and development – Multiple cut-off deadlines 2016/17 SME Instrument Phase 2: Engaging SMEs in security research and development – Multiple cut-off deadlines 2016/17
  15. 15. Horizon 2020 Upcoming calls: Engaging private consumers towards sustainable energy – Deadline 15 September 2016 ICT 19: Media Content and Convergence – Deadline 8 November 2016 ICT 4: Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative - Deadline 8 November 2016
  16. 16. Horizon 2020 Further information on H2020 Work Programmes can also be found here. KTN Guide to Horizon 2020 and Other European Funding for the Creative Industries This is a short guide to help you submit a proposal for the Horizon 2020 funding programme (H2020), as well as describing other European Commission funding sources. It provides a brief overview of how to apply, things to think about, where to get support and useful links. You can also keep up to date with the latest info via our Creative, Digital and Design portal and by joining our dedicated LinkedIn group.
  17. 17. Funding Train Operator Competition 2016 (TOC’16) TOC’16 will help the rail industry overcome some of the challenges faced when developing and delivering new technology onto the railway to improve customer experience and benefits. Competition Deadline: 16th September 2016 Barclays Fintech Accelerator Programme in partnership with Techstars An intensive 13-week programme that includes: Introductions and guidance from key decision makers at Barclays, mentoring, up to $120,000 investment from Techstars, access to technical expertise in a collaborative community working space, the opportunity to pitch your business to the influential tech community. Competition Deadline: 15th October 2016
  18. 18. Funding #ManufacturingSkillsFund The Ufi Manufacturing Skills fund are awarding grants of £50k-£150k to develop digital technologies to improve skills developing in the manufacturing sector. The #ManufacturingSkillsFund is open for applications 26 October 2016 – 14 December 2016
  19. 19. Where: Digital Catapult Centre When: Thursday, 6 October from 9:30-12:00 What: The Knowledge Transfer Network will be organising an information sharing session designed for digital SMEs and startups seeking funding and support. Representatives from across Innovate UK’s programmes will highlight a range of upcoming funding opportunities for digital companies, researchers and academic institutions working across a diverse range of sectors. At the session, you’ll be able to: • Discover more about the various funding and other forms of support available from Innovate UK • Meet advisors who can help you navigate the various funding available as well as make valuable business introductions • Network with other businesses Find out more here Digital Business Drop-in
  20. 20. Are you looking to grow your digital business? Hosted by the KTN, these events are for digital companies across various sectors and industries looking to access funding and support to grow. At each of the events there will be presentations from Innovate UK and KTN on the types of support and funding available followed by a networking lunch. Register now to secure your place. 22 September, 11:30-14:00 - Leicester Regional Digital Business Drop-in
  21. 21. Artful Spark #04: Mixed Reality Head to the Barbican on Tuesday September 27th for the fourth edition of Artful Spark – join thinkers, makers, commissioners, coders and creators for a night of inspirational keynotes, practical demos and drinks. Artful Spark is a quarterly event series for a growing creative community to explore cross-discipline collaboration and share boundary-defying work. Their previous sell-out events focused on wearables, immersive sound and sensors. http://www.artfulspark.org/
  22. 22. FutureFest 2016 – 17-18 September UK SME Digital Manufacturing Workshop – 19 September ColLab Festival – 19-23 September ODI Futures: Show me the future of data in retail – 21 September Artful Spark #04: Mixed Reality – 27 September VocTech Showcase – 28 September London Innovation Summit 2016 – 29 September Innovate 2016 – 2-3 November, Manchester Events
  23. 23. Private investment directory Looking for private investment? Check out our online directory of +230 organisations covering: Accelerator Programmes Business Incubators Start-up Studios Venture Capital Funds Angel Investor Networks Corporate Venture Capital firms And an additional report: http://bit.ly/KTNreferreport
  24. 24. Support Organisations • Tech City UK offers advice and support to start-ups looking for guidance in and around London. It has launched its Digital Business Academy. Tech City UK can also endorse visa applications to help recruit talent to Britain. • Innovate UK connects start-ups and SMEs with leading commercial partners and investors, through funded contests, events, and strategic matchmaking opportunities. • Enterprise Europe Network is a key instrument in the EU's strategy to boost growth and jobs. Bringing together around 600 business support organisations from more than 60 countries, EEN help small companies seize unparalleled business opportunities in the EU Single Market. • Seedcamp is a London based accelerator that provides startups with seed money, mentorship, office space, support over a year long programme.
  25. 25. Support Organisations • Transmit Start Ups provide financial support and mentoring to creative and digital entrepreneurs that would not normally be available via traditional banking relationships • AIM Start Up Loans - Government supported start-up loans for the Creative Industries. • The Open Data Institute runs a start-up programme that helps start- ups build business models around open data • The Path Forward features The Path - a practical and interactive methodology to assist entrepreneurs take a valid idea from concept to valuable business in 12 months. • European Startup Resource Page - a Techstars idea to help founders of European startups save time and internal resources by supplying some useful templates, valuable resources and good examples.
  26. 26. Personal Data and Trust Network The network aims to build and nurture a community that brings together industry, the public sector, funders, research organisations and innovators to support the UK in becoming the global leader in trust and responsible innovation with personal data. The partners are calling on any organisation interested in personal data, trust and reputation to join the network. Membership is free and will plug you into a vibrant community that we are bringing together. For more information and to join, visit pdtn.org.

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