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Creative & Digital Business Briefing - October 2016

Summary of latest funding competitions and events from a range of organisations.

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Creative & Digital Business Briefing - October 2016

  1. 1. Creative, Digital & Design Business Briefing A digest of useful information for UK businesses seeking funding and support, updated monthly October 2016 @KTN_Creative
  2. 2. If you think there’s something that we've missed… please let us know: If you would like to receive updates from KTN, you can subscribe here:
  3. 3. Contents • Feature • Innovate UK funding calls • Horizon 2020 • Funding • Events • Investment • Support organisations • Personal Data Network
  4. 4. ***Feature*** 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, including: Accelerator Programmes Business Incubators Start-up Studios Venture Capital Funds Angel Investor Networks Corporate Venture Capital firms Check out the new September entries:
  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. Manchester on Monday 10 October 2016 Belfast on Friday 14 October 2016 Cardiff on Thursday 20 October 2016 Bristol on Wednesday 26 October 2016 More info at Emerging and Enabling Technologies Innovate UK funding calls
  6. 6. 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. Watch the briefing webinar here More info at Robotics and autonomous systems Innovate UK funding calls
  7. 7. 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 Low emission vehicle systems IDP13 Innovate UK funding calls
  8. 8. 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 Connected and autonomous vehicles 2 Innovate UK funding calls
  9. 9. 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 More info on: Innovate UK funding calls
  10. 10. 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: 2 November 2016, 18 January 2017, 8 March 2017 More info on: Innovate UK funding calls
  11. 11. 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. Media Call – Deadline 17 November 2016
  12. 12. Horizon 2020 Upcoming calls: ICT 19: Media Content and Convergence – Deadline 8 November 2016 ICT 4: Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative - Deadline 8 November 2016 ICT-32-2017: Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar - Deadline 25 April 2017
  13. 13. 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.
  14. 14. Funding 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 Nominet Trust’s social tech seed programme is open for applications. Social Tech Seed is an open grant-funding programme that offers entrepreneurial organisations early-stage investment to develop innovative projects harnessing the power of the internet and digital technologies to deliver significant social change. The programme supports projects tackling pressing social challenges such as the environment and sustainability, education, employment and healthcare. Social Tech Seed will provide funding and support to help you demonstrate the social, user and financial value of your existing digital prototype. Deadline: 26 October 2016
  15. 15. Digital Business Drop-in 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 Events
  16. 16. Emerging and Enabling Technologies Competition Regional Briefing Events: Manchester on Monday 10 October 2016 Belfast on Friday 14 October 2016 Cardiff on Thursday 20 October 2016 Bristol on Wednesday 26 October 2016 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 – 27 October 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! Events
  17. 17. 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 Events
  18. 18. Investment Mastercard has opened the application process for its Start Path Global winter intake. The engagement programme works with startups to help scale their businesses and increase profitability. The six month virtual programme also aims to help startups tackle business problems and introduce them to new opportunities around the globe. Deadline: 11th October 2016. The No1 Accelerator Programme in the UK, Wayra, is open for applications: The Wayra Call is a cross-industry call for any start-up developing innovative digital products, services and technologies that can shape the world we live in. Two other programmes in partnership with GCHQ on cybersecurity and Merck Sharp & Dohme Limited (MSD) on healthcare are also open. Deadline: 17th October 2016.
  19. 19. Investment The Virtual Reality Venture Capital Alliance (“VRVCA”) was formed in 2016 to foster long-term growth in the VR industry through identifying, sharing and investing in the world's most innovative & impactful VR technology and content companies. VRVCA invest in Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and Mixed reality startups of any size from anywhere around the world. Deadline: 28th October 2016 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" and the program is specifically looking for new and emerging technologies in all areas of IoT. Deadline: 14th November
  20. 20. Investment 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. Deadline: 15th October 2016.
  21. 21. 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. • The Open Data Institute runs a start-up programme that helps start-ups build business models around open data
  22. 22. 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