Creative & Digital Business Briefing - November 2016
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• Innovate UK funding calls
• Horizon 2020
• Market Research/Personal Data Network
Key feature: The Knowledge Transfer Network is hosting an exclusive
Digital Transport Speed Networking event on Thursday 8th December
that will bring industry leaders together with high-growth potential
entrepreneurs offering innovative digital solutions that use data to
transform the transport industry.
Confirmed industry partners: Nissan, Transport for London, Rolls-
Royce, Network Rail, Amey, TFGM/ TFWM/ Travel Spirit
Competition Closes: 21st November
More info and apply: http://bit.ly/DigitalTransportSN
Digital Transport Speed Networking Event
Key feature:In partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN),
the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will be running a
workshop to help it develop its next Creative Economy research
programme. Building on the success of its 4 year, £16m Knowledge
Exchange Hubs programme, the AHRC is inviting creative organisations
and the UK's world-class research base to the workshop to help it co-
design a new research initiative. The workshop will bring together
creative and cultural organisations with universities to explore a new,
challenge-based approach to creative research.
Glasgow on 8 November 2016
Manchester on 9 November 2016
London on 15 November 2016
More info here
AHRC Creative Economy Research Programme Workshops
Key feature: Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation
projects in manufacturing and/or materials. We will fund projects that
focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should
lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small
and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Competition opens: 21
Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 18 January
2016 and apply before noon on 25 January 2017.
More info at gov.uk
Manufacturing and Materials Round 2
Innovate UK funding calls
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
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
2016/17 close dates for submission are: 18 January 2017, 8
More info on: gov.uk
Innovate UK funding calls
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
You can keep up to date with the latest info via our Creative, Digital
and Design portal and by joining our dedicated LinkedIn group.
Full details about the workplan for the Information and
Communication Technologies Call are available here.
Media Call – Deadline 17 November 2016
ICT 19: Media Content and Convergence – Deadline 8 November
ICT 4: Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative - Deadline 8
ICT-32-2017: Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar -
Deadline 25 April 2017
Design Council Spark is a 16-week support and funding programme
designed to help you turn your bright idea into a commercially
successful product. They will provide up to 15 finalists with specialist
expertise and one-to-one mentoring. Once accepted onto the
programme they will receive an initial sum of £15,000 to help
you develop your product as well as a chance to pitch for a further
share of £200,000. Deadline: 10 January 2017
The Ufi Manufacturing Skills fund are awarding grants of £50k-£150k
to develop digital technologies to improve skills developing in the
manufacturing sector. Deadline: 14 December 2016
Creative England and Nominet Trust have launched a
new iAMDigital £1 million investment fund to support organisations or
charities and social businesses and projects that are using
technology to increase digital engagement and skills. Deadline: 7
The Digital Engineering and Test Centre is seeking innovative and
game-changing projects which support engagement between
Automotive and Gaming, or other new Digital, sectors to improve
product development processes and/or manufacturing processes
around advanced powertrain towards, halving the time and cost of
these processes within the DETC remit whilst, securing/enhancing
UK-based jobs and industrial investment and leaving a legacy in the
DETC (e.g. knowledge, capability, IP, etc). Deadline: 2 December
Digital Business Drop-in
Where: Digital Catapult Centre
When: Thursday, 7 November, 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
Innovate 2016 – 2-3 November, Manchester
Two day event showcasing the very best of innovation talent and
global opportunities for businesses.
Innovation Strategy : Design for Growth Workshop – 24 November
KTN in conjunction with Smallfry is holding a Midlands located event
on Innovation Strategy - Design for Growth. The event will be of
interest to all those who are innovative!
KTN and the wider Innovate UK family are delighted to be involved in
the organisation and delivery of Smart IoT London 2017. Following
the success of last year's event, KTN is working with the organisers to
pull together a showcase of the best 'up and coming' IoT talent -
which could include you! Watch this space for further details.
Date: 15 - 16 March 2017 ExCeL, London
Elevator Pitch LIVE! powered by Tech City News, 9 November
Entrepreneurs and startups can now apply be part of the first
ever UK-based venture program from R/GA Ventures
launched in collaboration with InnovateUK.
Applications are open to the "next generation of
entrepreneurs and startups”. Deadline: 14 November
Apply for Cylon, the world leading cybersecurity Accelerator
Programme. The Programme includes £15K with 3% equity,
training, connections, offfice space and a demo day.
Deadline: 20 January
Applications are now open for the Microsoft Ventures
Accelerator Programme. If your startup is breaking new
ground, disrupting an industry or doing something surprising
and new, you should consider throwing your hat into the
ring. Deadline: 6 January
Private Investment Directory now updated
Digital Refer now includes more than 250 organisations that provide
private investment to Digital and Creative businesses in the UK,
Venture Capital Funds
Angel Investor Networks
Corporate Venture Capital firms
Check out the new September entries: bit.ly/ktnrefer
Go To Grow - The Mayor’s International Business Programme
A new three year programme of mentoring, expert advice and real
business opportunities for high-growth companies Programme
focussed on ‘internationalising’ scale-ups – London based
companies wanting to grow outside of the UK.
The programme is open to fast-growing companies in London
operating in three broad sectors: technology, life sciences, and
urban. Your business will need to demonstrate that it is already
Briffa and the KTN have teamed up to produce a short webinar
setting out the background and context to the The General Data
Protection Regulation (GDPR), and to explore some of the key
concepts under the new regulation, such as accountability and
‘privacy by design’, consent requirements, the rights of data subjects
and the obligations of data controllers and processors, possible
sanctions for breach of the GDPR, and the rules regarding transfers
of personal data outside of the EU.
Check out our blog post and the video on the Personal Data and
Trust Network website.
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.