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Ignite your environmental i net

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IGNITE your....environmental iNet

Presenter – John Richardson, Business Innovation Specialist, iNet Project Manager at WSX Enterprise, will present about ERDF funded

“The Environmental iNet, how can it help you?”

The Environmental iNet is a South of England project that funds businesses to access support from a network of industry leaders, HEIs and business advisers, so they can quickly and effectively benefit from the rich resource provided by universities, to seize opportunities to create/improve new products and services, exploit new market niches and to grow in the environmental field.

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Ignite your environmental i net

  1. 1. Environmental iNet “Supporting innovation and growth in the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector”
  2. 2. “Supporting innovation and growth in the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector” Stimulate the Innovation Ecosystem – knowledge transfer, collaborative R&D and commercialisation projects Practical Business Advice – highly targeted events, innovative business support mechanisms, network development
  3. 3. “Supporting innovation and growth in the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector” Support Networks – SME support from a network of industry leaders, HEIs and business agencies. University Access – SME support to create/improve new products and services, exploit new markets and to grow. Collaboration – Direct SME support from local universities with relevant expertise, facilities and resources.
  4. 4. “Supporting innovation and growth in the low carbon and environmental goods and services sector” Environmental Renewable Energy Low Carbon Air Pollution Contaminated Land Environmental Consultancy Environmental Monitoring Marine Pollution Control Noise & Vibration Control Recovery and Recycling Waste Management Water Supply and Waste Water Treatment Biomass Geothermal Hydro Photovoltaic Wave & Tidal Wind Renewable Consulting Additional Energy Sources Alternative Fuel/ Vehicle Alternative Fuels Building Technologies Carbon Capture & Storage Carbon Finance Nuclear Power Energy Management
  5. 5. SME Support The ERDF Business Assist • 12 hours of dedicated University support • Innovation Broker Support • Access to networks, information and further collaborative opportunities • Online Portal – data, contacts, information, research reports, etc
  6. 6. Examples of Support Facilities Advisory Services Labs / Prototyping / Testing / Materials… Renewables / Waste / Sustainability / Energy / Bio / Earth Resources Business Diagnostics Innovation / Growth / Models / Carbon… Modelling Rapid Manufacture / Prototyping / Computer Models… Student Projects Research / Concept Development / Placements / KTP’s…
  7. 7. The Result • Network of 150 SMEs supported by universities, agencies and business leaders • 80 SMEs receiving innovation support with specialist business development – – – – • • • • Improving environmental performance University collaborations R&D Links developed New Product/Service development 20 jobs created/safeguarded £ 350K gross GVA £ 280K net GVA Sustainable Online support system
  8. 8. Accessibility • Jan 2014 – March 2015 • Innovation Broker Aspiration Review / Growth Aims / Action Planning / Brokering / Guidance / Relationship Management / Collaboration Support / Opportunities / Further Support
  9. 9. The Partners / Funders
  10. 10. Questions? Dr John Richardson John.Richardson@wsxenterprise.co.uk 07768 910 628

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