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Digital business briefing January 2015

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A summary of useful funding, support and research for UK digital businesses for January 2015

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Digital business briefing January 2015

  1. 1. Digital Business Briefing A digest of useful information for UK digital businesses seeking funding and support, updated monthly January 2015
  2. 2. Bought to you by the following organisations:
  3. 3. Contents • Live public funding calls • Other public funding • Private financing • Other financing mechanisms • Non-financial support for your business • Relevant events • Other information • Useful reports
  4. 4. Live Public funding calls Key feature: Innovation voucher scheme funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. Scale: • Up to £5k funding for SMEs Closes: 21st January 2015 More info on innovateuk.org Innovation Vouchers
  5. 5. Public funding calls Solving urban challenges with data – Feasibility study Key feature: Investment for feasibility studies projects for innovative, commercial solutions to increase the resilience, quality of life or economic performance of urban areas by integrating environmental, social and/or economic data with data from other sources. Scale: • Up to £2.5m • Will fund up to 60% Closes: registration closes Wednesday 11th March 2015; deadline for applications Wednesday 18th March 2015. More info at innovateuk.org
  6. 6. Public funding calls Solving urban challenges with data – Collaborative R&D Key feature: Investment for collaborative R&D projects for innovative, commercial solutions to increase the resilience, quality of life or economic performance of urban areas by integrating environmental, social and/or economic data with data from other sources. Scale: • Up to £5m • Up to 60% of project funding Closes: registration closes Wednesday 21st January; deadline for applications Wednesday 28th January. More info at innovateuk.org
  7. 7. Public funding calls Urban living: integrated products and services Key feature: Investment in collaborative R&D projects that develop products and services from integrated data generated by cities. Scale: • up to £7m • Up to 60% of project costs Closes: registration closes Wednesday 4th February; deadline for applications Wednesday 11th February. More info at innovateuk.org
  8. 8. Public funding calls Inclusive technology prize Key feature: Designers, makers and entrepreneurs are being challenged to develop the next generation of products, services and technologies that will make a real difference to the 1 in 6 who are living with limiting long term illness or disability in the UK. Scale: • A contract worth £50K, funding 100% Closes: Friday 16th January 2015 More info at innovateuk.org
  9. 9. Live Public funding calls Key feature: For proposals that might kick-start the delivery of genuinely new products and services, with substantial and scalable commercial potential. Scale: • For SMEs working on new projects • Will fund up to 75% of project costs up to £25k Closes: 21st January 2015 More info on innovateuk.org Technology-inspired Innovation – Feasibility Studies
  10. 10. Live Public funding calls Key feature: Scale: • For businesses who want to work with an academic organisation • Will fund up to 60% of project costs Closes: 15th April 2015 More info on innovateuk.org Better interactions between people and machines Knowledge Transfer Partnerships designed to help develop new ways for people to interact with machines
  11. 11. Live Public funding calls Key feature: Scale: • Up to £200k project size • Will fund up to 75% of project costs Closes: on 21st January 2015 More info on: innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst – Early Stage Awards Funding to develop and test solutions to healthcare challenges – diagnostics, devices and data
  12. 12. Live Public funding calls Key feature: Scale: • Up to £200k project size • Will fund up to 75% of project costs Closes: on 18th March 2015 More info on: innovate UK Biomedical Catalyst – Feasibility Grants Funding to develop and test solutions to healthcare challenges – diagnostics, devices and data
  13. 13. Live Public funding calls - Creative Production Horizon 2020 ICT-19-2015 Key feature: R&D funding of new or emerging technologies (e.g. 3D and augmented reality technologies) for digital content creation to support the creative and media industries and for unlocking complex information and media and interacting with them. Scale: €561,000,000 Opens:15th October 2014 Closes: 14th April 2015 Further info: Horizon 2020 website, UK list of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 and the Enterprise Europe Networks
  14. 14. Public funding calls – Learning Technology Horizon 2020 ICT-20-2015 Key feature: This challenge encourages public procurement of innovative solutions to address the needs of the digital learning ecosystem in making better use of educational cloud solutions, mobile technology, learning analytics and big data, and to facilitate the use, re-use and creation of learning material and new ways to educate and learn online. Scale: €561,000,000 Opens:15th October 2014 Closes: 14th April 2015 Further info: Horizon 2020 website, UK list of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 and the Enterprise Europe Networks
  15. 15. Public funding calls Wearable Technologies Innovation Contest Key feature: The IC tomorrow Wearable Technologies Innovation contest is aimed at encouraging innovation in wearable technology across the themes of hospitality, accessibility, entertainment, design, sport and wellbeing, health and safety. Scale: • 6 x projects up to £35K each • 100% funded as a procurement Register now for briefing events: London, 28th January 2015 & Manchester, 29th January 2015
  16. 16. Public funding calls – Internet of Things Horizon 2020 ICT-30-2015 Key feature: The evolution of the Internet of Things embedded in Smart Environments and Platforms forming a web of "everythings" has been identified as one of the next big concepts to support societal changes and economic growth at an annual rate estimated at 20%. Scale: €561,000,000 Opens:15th October 2014 Closes: 14th April 2015 Further info: Horizon 2020 website, UK list of National Contact Points for Horizon 2020 and the Enterprise Europe Networks
  17. 17. Live funding calls "Smart" grants for start-ups and small businesses Key feature: A grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology. Scale: • Proof of market - up to £25k - 60% of project cost • Proof of concept - up to £100k - 60% of project cost • Prototype development - up to £250k - up to 45% of project cost Closes: 29th January 2015 More info on innovateuk.org
  18. 18. Public funding calls ‘Technology inspired innovation’ for small and micro companies Key feature: Innovate UK is launching a brand new competition for feasibility studies for small and micro companies. Technology areas include: Advanced Materials, Biosciences, Electronics, Sensors & Photonics and Information & Communications Technology. Scale: • up to £2m funding • up to 75% of project costs Closes: 21st January 2015. More info here.
  19. 19. Other public funding Key features: Online guide to over 4,000 grants, contracts and other forms of finance: • Fully searchable based on finance type, scale and your geographical location • Constantly updated – especially good for businesses seeking charitable or grant funding More info on Funding Central and Finance Finder Funding Central and Finance Finder websites
  20. 20. Public Investment Nesta Impact Investment Fund Key feature: An equity investment fund investing in social ventures with innovative products or services that are addressing some of the UK’s most pressing challenges. Investments are made in areas that tackle: • the health and wellbeing of an ageing population • the educational attainment and employability of children and young people • the social and environmental sustainability of communities. Scale: between £150k - £1m Closes: on-going More info on Nesta Investments
  21. 21. Private financing Connect Ventures, London – invest in mobile, internet and digital media businesses; invest at the early stage and focus on seed investments; investment size ranges from £200K-£600k Edge Investments, London - specialist investment house focused on the creative industries sector, in particular media and entertainment, which has raised more than £145m since launch Growth Accelerator, Cornwall – provided by some of the UK’s leading growth specialists; works with businesses from a diverse range of sectors; key eligibility criteria include fewer than 250 employees and annual turnover under £40m Index Ventures, London, San Francisco & Geneva – venture capital firm making investments in information technology and life sciences companies, since 1996 they have teamed up with technology entrepreneurs in more than 30 countries
  22. 22. Private financing Ingenious Media, London – a UK media investment and advisory group with operating divisions of Investments, Ventures, Asset Management and Corporate Finance; since 1998 they have raised and invested over £9bn in the media and entertainment, clean energy and real estate sectors Notion Capital, London – invest in B2B Cloud & SaaS companies who have sustained 100% Year-over-Year growth; investment areas include adtech, communications and collaboration tools, ecommerce, enterprise software, fintech and security; portfolio raised over £200m in 2014 Silicon Valley Bank – global bank dedicated to the innovation sector with focus on technology businesses; have supported clients such as Shazam, The Foundry and Cambridge Broadband Networks
  23. 23. Other financing mechanisms Crowdfunder.co.uk – UK’s largest crowdfunding network having launched 1000’s of projects and raised over £2m, platform launched by KEO digital and partners include Nesta and Plymouth University Funding Circle – an online marketplace which allows savers to lend money directly to SMEs; the first site to use peer-to-peer lending for business funding in the UK; as of February 2014 Funding Circle has facilitated £223 in loans to SMEs Kickstarter.com – a global crowdfunding platform based in the United States; the company’s stated mission is to help to bring creative projects to life; since launching in 2009, 7m people have pledged $1bn, funding 70,000 creative projects Seedcamp is a London based accelerator that provides startups with seed money, mentorship, office space, support over a year long programme.
  24. 24. Launching a new digital business? • The Open Data Institute runs a start-up programme that helps start-ups build business models around open data • Tech City UK offers advice and support to start-ups looking for guidance in and around London. It has just launched its Digital Business Academy. Tech City UK can also endorse visa applications to help recruit talent to Britain. • Innovate UK - IC tomorrow connects start-ups and SMEs with leading commercial partners and investors, through funded contests, events, and strategic matchmaking opportunities. • Transmit Start Ups provide financial support and mentoring to creative and digital entrepreneurs that would not normally be available via traditional banking relationships.
  25. 25. Are you an existing digital business seeking non-financial advice or support? • Nesta runs a creative business mentor network for digital businesses looking to grow • The UKTI offers advice to help with exporting • Tech City UK can help advise on inward investment • The British Business Angels Association can help put you in touch with relevant business angel investors • The Digital Catapult can help you showcase your business
  26. 26. Are you an existing digital business seeking advice or support? • Subsidised costs to work with a specialist to build and deliver business growth – GrowthAccelerator • Use the IP Health check to identify commercial IP in your business • AngelList – helps source angel investors • Interactive Scotland is a Scottish Enterprises project providing specialist expert advice to all Digital and Creative Businesses across Scotland
  27. 27. Personal Data and Trust Network A digital business network 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. For more information and to join, visit the Digital Catapult website
  28. 28. Training and skills • Training in Open Data from the Open Data Institute • Digital Project Management – via @IABUK • Digital Acceleration – via @hyperisland_uk • Digital training – via @Econsultancy – e-marketing courses Develop your skills with these world-class courses:
  29. 29. Key events in January • Countering Cyber Threats – London, 15 Jan 2015 • Wearable Technologies Innovation - London, 28th Jan and Manchester, 29th Jan • FutureEverything events - via @FuturEverything • Wired Sussex events – via @WiredSussex • Manchester events – via @McrDig • For all events in and around London, check out Tech City News
  30. 30. Useful reports/ market research • Biggest Technology Trends – the biggest technology trends and possible twists in the horizon • Report of the Digital Government Review – recommends ways to improve trust and engagement between the government and its digital citizens • Over half of UK shoppers now regularly using digital wallets - research by online payment and digital wallet provider Skill (HQ: Ldn) finds major generational gap in paying habits • TechCrunch Live from CES show 2015 – an annual international electronics and technology trade show
  31. 31. Something else we've missed? Please let us know: digitaleconomy@ktn-uk.org Subscribe to monthly updates

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