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Digital Business Briefing March 2015

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

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Digital Business Briefing March 2015

  1. 1. Digital Business Briefing A digest of useful information for UK digital businesses seeking funding and support, updated monthly March 2015 @KTN_Creative
  2. 2. Brought 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. 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 voucher for SMEs Closes: 22nd April 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org Innovation Vouchers
  5. 5. Public funding calls Key feature: IC tomorrow is offering 5 businesses up to £35,000 each to encourage innovation around financial technologies across the themes of education, cyber security, transactions, personal finance management, compliance and regulation. Scale: • 5 x £35k Closes: 14th April 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org Financial Technologies
  6. 6. Public funding calls Key feature: Innovate UK and the FutureRailway programme are to invest up to £6 million to support business innovation in digital technologies that improve the customer experience in UK and international rail markets. Scale: • Up to £6 million Opens: 9th March 2015 Closes: 22nd April 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org Enhancing customer experience in rail travel
  7. 7. Public funding calls Key feature: Investment of up to £4 million to support new ways of enhancing user experience in retail. News Story Scale: • Up to £4 million Opens: 16th March 2015 Closes: 29th April 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org Enhancing User Experience in Retail
  8. 8. Public funding calls Key feature: Investment of up to £2 million to support feasibility studies looking at innovative ways to improve the user experience in the digital economy. Scale: • Up to £2 million Opens: 16th March 2015 Closes: 29th April 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org Enhancing User Experience Using Personal Data
  9. 9. 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 Closes 10th March 2015 More info on: innovate UK
  10. 10. Public funding calls Childcare Provision for Parents Key feature: Department of Education is seeking the development of a new, engaging and innovative online solution which provides accurate information about childcare provision for parents. Scale: • Up to £200k • Will fund 100% as a procurement Closes: registration closes Wednesday 25th March 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org
  11. 11. Public funding calls Innovation in Retail Speed Networking Key feature: The event will offer chosen companies a series of one- to-one sessions with major retail brands including Argos, Snow & Rock and Liberty of London. The speed networking format has been designed to help connect start-ups and SMEs with larger commercial partners to fuel understanding and enable partnerships. Scale: • Opportunity to present to big brands • 15 places available Closes: registration closes Monday 16th March 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org
  12. 12. Public funding calls Protecting data in industry Key feature:collaborative research and development (R&D) projects that tackle the growing risks of disruption to internet-enabled businesses and their digital supply chains. Scale: • Normally up to £750k • Will fund up to 60% Opens: 23rd March 2015 Closes: 29th April 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org
  13. 13. Public funding calls Next Generation Predictive Policing Key feature: Identify and develop innovative solutions that maximise the effectiveness of resources and enhance the service provided to the communities of Southern Wales. Scale: • £250k – procurement contract • Will fund 100% Closes: 6th March 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org
  14. 14. Public funding calls Better interactions between people and machines – Feasibility studies Key feature: The aim is to encourage new and improved ways for machines, their computing systems and people to interact. Scale: • Up to £500k • Will fund up to 70% Closes: registration closes Wednesday 25th March 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org
  15. 15. 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 70% Closes: registration closes Wednesday 11th March 2015; deadline for applications Wednesday 18th March 2015. More info on: innovateuk.org
  16. 16. Public funding calls Key feature: Scale: • For businesses who want to work with an academic organisation • Will fund up to 70% 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
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. Public funding calls Key feature: Scale: • Up to £300k project size • Will fund up to 50% of project costs Closes: on 8th April 2015 More info on: innovate UK India-UK Collaborative Industrial R&D Programme Research partnerships and increase bilateral R&D collaboration with the aim of generating new intellectual property and developing technology prototypes/processes.
  19. 19. 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
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 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: 26th March 2015 More info on: innovateuk.org
  23. 23. 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
  24. 24. 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
  25. 25. 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
  26. 26. 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 The Business Finance Guide, expertise from over a million members in businesses, finance providers and advisory firms and organisations
  27. 27. 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 Crowd2Fund – a crowdfunding platform designed to enable a range of funding options, from loans to equity Seedcamp is a London based accelerator that provides startups with seed money, mentorship, office space, support over a year long programme.
  28. 28. Crowdfunding Accelerator Master crowdfunding with Impact Hub Westminster’s free Raise Impact Crowdfunding Accelerator Programme this Spring. Receive expert support to help you understand how to prepare for and refine your crowdfunding offer, how to execute your campaign, and what life after crowdfunding looks like. Learn essential skills including PR and marketing; campaign creation and logistics; pitching and deal structuring. Spaces are limited. Apply now to join! #raiseimpact http://bit.ly/raise-impact
  29. 29. 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.
  30. 30. 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
  31. 31. 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
  32. 32. 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
  33. 33. Useful reports/ market research • Tech Nation report – a comprehensive analysis of the clusters powering the UK’s digital economy • Digital Social Innovation –Nesta’s new report on digital social innovation across Europe. Loads of examples. • Innovate UK’s Digital Economy strategy – explaining key priority areas for spending £120m over the next 4 years • Digital trends 2015 report – via E-Consultancy
  34. 34. 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:
  35. 35. Key events in March • How to Deliver a Winning Pitch Deck – 10th March • £7M Using Enhancing User Experience in Retail and using Personal Data –  London: 17th March,  Manchester: 19th March,  Edinburgh: 20th March • £4M Protecting Data in Industry -  Belfast: 25th March,  Cardiff: 30th March,  London: 31st March,  Edinburgh: 1st April • Innovation in Retail Speed Networking – 31st March • For all events in and around London, check out Tech City News
  36. 36. Something else we've missed? Please let us know: digitaleconomy@ktn-uk.org Subscribe to monthly updates

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