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The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is the UK Government’s innovation agency. It has funding, resources and expertise to benefit those businesses with innovation on their agenda. Wired Sussex has got together with the TSB to offer organisations and companies working in digital, media and technology a unique opportunity to hear from the decision makers across the TSB

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) is the UK Government’s innovation agency. It has funding, resources and expertise to benefit those businesses with innovation on their agenda. Wired Sussex has got together with the TSB to offer organisations and companies working in digital, media and technology a unique opportunity to hear from the decision makers across the TSB

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  1. 1. Digital Business Briefing September 2014
  2. 2. What is this briefing? • A digest of useful information for UK digital businesses seeking funding and support, updated every month • Brought to you by the following organisations:
  3. 3. Contents • Open funding calls • Other funding • Support for launching a new digital business • Existing digital businesses • Events • Training • Useful market research
  4. 4. Open funding calls IC tomorrow Connected Cities Key feature: Grant funding to work with industrial partners to develop new solutions for connected cities Scale: • Up to £35k grants, 100% funded • Specifically for micro, small or medium sized businesses Closes: 14th October 2014 More info on innovateuk.org
  5. 5. Open 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: 25th September 2014 More info on innovateuk.org
  6. 6. Open funding calls Food open data challenge Key feature: A grant to use available open data to develop products and services to support people to make better choices with their food. Scale: • Finalists receive £5k • A “Grand prize” of up to £40k for successfully evidenced services Closes: 27th October 2014 More info on Nesta website
  7. 7. Open funding calls Introducing driverless cars to the UK Key features: • Grants to research how driverless cars can be integrated onto our roads • Looking for town/city based consortia to help test in 3 urban areas • Delivered in partnership with industry funding • 18-36 month project timescale Scale: • Between £5-10m grants funding up to 60% project costs • Projects must find match-funding Closes: 24th September 2014 More info on innovateuk.org
  8. 8. Open funding calls An integrated future for cities Key feature: large-scale SBRI contracts to encourage new ways of achieving better integration of infrastructure and services across a city. Contracts will be to develop prototypes, must link up cities and will enable users to interact with multiple models to tackle different city problems. Scale: • Contracts of between £1.5 - 2m – 100% funded • Single contract, but able to sub-contract out work Closes: registration closes on 7 January 2015 More info on innovateuk.org
  9. 9. Open funding calls Social Seed Fund Key feature: Funding and mentoring support for new digital ventures for social impact Scale: • Between £15-50k • A “Grand prize” of up to £40k for successfully evidenced services Opens: 22nd September 2014 More info on Nominet Trust website
  10. 10. Open funding calls Automated cyber-defence Key feature: Contracts to develop tools that support the planning and automated response to cyber-threats to armed forces’s systems Scale: • Up to £500k available Closes: on 23 October 2014 More info on innovateuk.org
  11. 11. Open funding calls Innovation Vouchers 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: on 22 October 2014 More info on innovateuk.org
  12. 12. Open funding calls Nesta Impact investment 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: ongoing More info on Nesta Investments
  13. 13. Other Funding Funding Central and Finance Finder websites 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
  14. 14. Other Funding www.crowdfunder.co.uk Key features: The UK’s largest crowdfunding network having launched thousands of projects • Guides to launching a successful crowdfunding campaign • Information on reward-based, peer-to-peer and equity crowdfunding More info on www.crowdfunder.co.uk
  15. 15. 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 also endorses visa applications to help recruit talent to the UK. • 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.
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. Are you an existing digital business seeking advice or support? • Subsidised costs to work with a specialist to build and deliver business growth – GrowthAccelerator • Email IP Audit to apply for up to £3k of free advice from an IP professional • AngelList – helps source angel investors
  18. 18. Key events in September • Learn Do Share – London 5-6th September • Future of online and mobile payments – 11th September • IBC Content Everywhere - Amsterdam 11-15th September • Mind the Product – London 12th September • Innovate UK Derry meet-up – 18th September • Bristol digital events – via @goramandvincent • Wired Sussex events – via @WiredSussex • Manchester events – via @McrDig • For all events in and around London, check out Tech City News
  19. 19. Training and skills • Open Data in a Day training course at the ODI – 15th September • Mobile Advertising – via @ukaop London 17th September • Mobile Programmatic – via @IABUK - get your head around buying and selling ads on mobile platforms – London 25th September • Digital training – via @Econsultancy - World-class training courses
  20. 20. Useful market research • 10 Great internet marketing stats – via @Econsultancy • UK Digital Market overview via @comScoreEMEA • Silicone Cities: Supporting tech clusters – via @Policy_Exchange • Communications Market report 2014 – via @Ofcom consumer trends on web and mobile
  21. 21. Something else we've missed? Please let us know, plus sign up for monthly updates at: digitaleconomy@ktn-uk.org
  22. 22. Thanks jon.kingsbury@ktn-uk.org

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