Oxfordshire is a vibrant innovation incubator, and at the forefront of our digital, manufacturing and knowledge economies. With this diversity, it is also particularly well placed to support businesses grow in the four key Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF) areas surrounding Healthy Ageing, Artificial Intelligence, Clean Growth, and the Future of Mobility. This event is for individuals and businesses keen to explore these areas, get advice and funding support from Innovate UK, and those looking to network and share ideas on exciting growth areas.






The Government’s innovation support agency Innovate UK, along with its extended ‘family’ of the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and Catapults offer a range of advice and funding programmes that can help grow your business. This event will explain how they work, what they offer, and allow for one-to-one sessions.




This all-day programme of talks, discussions and workshops has four broad aims:


•To introduce Innovate UK’s support programmes, and explore how they can help your business grow, whether you need advice on writing business plans or funding applications. 


•To bring together and showcase businesses interested or already working in any of the four broad areas outlined by the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. 


•To support start-ups and spin-outs with advice on how to establish your business and attract investment for your innovation. 


•To explore how working with us as a university can accelerate your growth and competitiveness.






This event focuses on business support and networking and is for:


•Individuals and businesses with innovative ideas but unsure how to progress them. 


•Businesses looking for new collaborators and markets to explore. 


•Businesses and R&D centres looking to maximise the impact of their growth and investment portfolios. 


•Universities and businesses exploring funding options, and looking to grow their networks.






•Find out the latest about the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund funding landscape 


•Discuss your ideas directly with senior staff from Innovate UK, KTN, EEN and Satellite Applications Catapult, and get advice on what is required in writing a successful grant application 


•Maximise your growth and funding potential with business development or investment advise. 


•Meet with researchers and get an insight into how knowledge exchange programmes or joint applications can access university expertise that could expand your business potential.  


•Network with other businesses and organisations, and connect with potential collaborators and research partners.






This event is free to attend and includes lunch and refreshments. As places are limited, please book a place




The Expo 


Alongside an exciting programme of talks, panel discussions, workshops and tours, the Expo will showcase businesses and research groups as well as host the Innovate UK support organisations’ stands.




If you would like to host a showcase to promote your company, be it a tabletop poster presentation or demonstration, please submit the below proposal form by Monday 27 May 2019.   






Similarly, if you would like to discuss a showcase proposal please get in touch with the event organiser Tudor Georgescu (Tgeorgescu@brookes.ac.uk) 

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