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Creative & Digital Business Briefing - November 2016

Summary of latest funding competitions and events from a range of organisations.

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Creative & Digital Business Briefing - November 2016

  1. 1. Creative, Digital & Design Business Briefing A digest of useful information for UK businesses seeking funding and support, updated monthly November 2016 @KTN_Creative
  2. 2. If you think there’s something that we've missed… please let us know: cdd@ktn-uk.org If you would like to receive updates from KTN, you can subscribe here: bit.ly/KTNsubscribe
  3. 3. Contents • Feature • Innovate UK funding calls • Horizon 2020 • Funding • Events • Investment • Support • Market Research/Personal Data Network
  4. 4. Key feature: The Knowledge Transfer Network is hosting an exclusive Digital Transport Speed Networking event on Thursday 8th December that will bring industry leaders together with high-growth potential entrepreneurs offering innovative digital solutions that use data to transform the transport industry. Confirmed industry partners: Nissan, Transport for London, Rolls- Royce, Network Rail, Amey, TFGM/ TFWM/ Travel Spirit Competition Closes: 21st November More info and apply: http://bit.ly/DigitalTransportSN Digital Transport Speed Networking Event ***Feature***
  5. 5. Key feature:In partnership with the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN), the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) will be running a workshop to help it develop its next Creative Economy research programme. Building on the success of its 4 year, £16m Knowledge Exchange Hubs programme, the AHRC is inviting creative organisations and the UK's world-class research base to the workshop to help it co- design a new research initiative. The workshop will bring together creative and cultural organisations with universities to explore a new, challenge-based approach to creative research. Glasgow on 8 November 2016 Manchester on 9 November 2016 London on 15 November 2016 More info here AHRC Creative Economy Research Programme Workshops ***Feature 2***
  6. 6. Key feature: Innovate UK is to invest up to £15 million in innovation projects in manufacturing and/or materials. We will fund projects that focus on identified technical or commercial challenges. These should lead to increased productivity, competitiveness and growth for UK small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Competition opens: 21 November Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 18 January 2016 and apply before noon on 25 January 2017. More info at gov.uk Manufacturing and Materials Round 2 Innovate UK funding calls
  7. 7. Key feature: Innovate UK is investing up to £15 million in innovation projects to stimulate the new products and services of tomorrow. The aim of this competition is to help businesses innovate to find new revenue sources. Proposals should show how to achieve a step change in business growth, productivity and export opportunities for at least one UK small and medium-sized enterprise (SME). Competition Closes: applicants must register before noon on 30 November 2016 and apply before noon on Wednesday 7 December 2016. More info at gov.uk Emerging and Enabling Technologies Innovate UK funding calls
  8. 8. Key feature: A scheme to help businesses innovate and grow by linking them with a university and a graduate to work on a specific project. Each KTP is a three-way partnership between a business, an academic institution and a graduate. The academic institution employs the recently-qualified graduate who works at the company. The graduate, known as the ‘associate', brings new skills and knowledge to the business. A KTP is part-funded by a grant. You will need to contribute to the cost of the supervisor and the salary of the associate. Knowledge Transfer Partnerships 2016/17 close dates for submission are: 18 January 2017, 8 March 2017 More info on: gov.uk Innovate UK funding calls
  9. 9. Horizon 2020 (H2020) Key feature: The H2020 programme is the major funding opportunity for R&D initiatives across Europe running up until 2020. There is a strong emphasis on creative industries, design and digital technologies. You can keep up to date with the latest info via our Creative, Digital and Design portal and by joining our dedicated LinkedIn group. Upcoming calls: Full details about the workplan for the Information and Communication Technologies Call are available here. Media Call – Deadline 17 November 2016
  10. 10. Horizon 2020 Upcoming calls: ICT 19: Media Content and Convergence – Deadline 8 November 2016 ICT 4: Smart Anything Everywhere Initiative - Deadline 8 November 2016 ICT-32-2017: Startup Europe for Growth and Innovation Radar - Deadline 25 April 2017
  11. 11. Funding Design Council Spark is a 16-week support and funding programme designed to help you turn your bright idea into a commercially successful product. They will provide up to 15 finalists with specialist expertise and one-to-one mentoring. Once accepted onto the programme they will receive an initial sum of £15,000 to help you develop your product as well as a chance to pitch for a further share of £200,000. Deadline: 10 January 2017 The Ufi Manufacturing Skills fund are awarding grants of £50k-£150k to develop digital technologies to improve skills developing in the manufacturing sector. Deadline: 14 December 2016 Creative England and Nominet Trust have launched a new iAMDigital £1 million investment fund to support organisations or charities and social businesses and projects that are using technology to increase digital engagement and skills. Deadline: 7 November 2016
  12. 12. Funding The Digital Engineering and Test Centre is seeking innovative and game-changing projects which support engagement between Automotive and Gaming, or other new Digital, sectors to improve product development processes and/or manufacturing processes around advanced powertrain towards, halving the time and cost of these processes within the DETC remit whilst, securing/enhancing UK-based jobs and industrial investment and leaving a legacy in the DETC (e.g. knowledge, capability, IP, etc). Deadline: 2 December 2016
  13. 13. Digital Business Drop-in Where: Digital Catapult Centre When: Thursday, 7 November, 9:30-12:00 What: The Knowledge Transfer Network will be organising an information sharing session designed for digital SMEs and startups seeking funding and support. Representatives from across Innovate UK’s programmes will highlight a range of upcoming funding opportunities for digital companies, researchers and academic institutions working across a diverse range of sectors. At the session, you’ll be able to: • Discover more about the various funding and other forms of support available from Innovate UK • Meet advisors who can help you navigate the various funding available as well as make valuable business introductions • Network with other businesses Find out more here Events
  14. 14. Innovate 2016 – 2-3 November, Manchester Two day event showcasing the very best of innovation talent and global opportunities for businesses. Innovation Strategy : Design for Growth Workshop – 24 November KTN in conjunction with Smallfry is holding a Midlands located event on Innovation Strategy - Design for Growth. The event will be of interest to all those who are innovative! KTN and the wider Innovate UK family are delighted to be involved in the organisation and delivery of Smart IoT London 2017. Following the success of last year's event, KTN is working with the organisers to pull together a showcase of the best 'up and coming' IoT talent - which could include you! Watch this space for further details. Date: 15 - 16 March 2017 ExCeL, London Elevator Pitch LIVE! powered by Tech City News, 9 November Events
  15. 15. Investment Entrepreneurs and startups can now apply be part of the first ever UK-based venture program from R/GA Ventures launched in collaboration with InnovateUK. Applications are open to the "next generation of entrepreneurs and startups”. Deadline: 14 November Apply for Cylon, the world leading cybersecurity Accelerator Programme. The Programme includes £15K with 3% equity, training, connections, offfice space and a demo day. Deadline: 20 January Applications are now open for the Microsoft Ventures Accelerator Programme. If your startup is breaking new ground, disrupting an industry or doing something surprising and new, you should consider throwing your hat into the ring. Deadline: 6 January
  16. 16. Private Investment Directory now updated Digital Refer now includes more than 250 organisations that provide private investment to Digital and Creative businesses in the UK, including: Accelerator Programmes Business Incubators Start-up Studios Venture Capital Funds Angel Investor Networks Corporate Venture Capital firms Check out the new September entries: bit.ly/ktnrefer Investment
  17. 17. Go To Grow - The Mayor’s International Business Programme A new three year programme of mentoring, expert advice and real business opportunities for high-growth companies Programme focussed on ‘internationalising’ scale-ups – London based companies wanting to grow outside of the UK. The programme is open to fast-growing companies in London operating in three broad sectors: technology, life sciences, and urban. Your business will need to demonstrate that it is already generating revenue. Support
  18. 18. Briffa and the KTN have teamed up to produce a short webinar setting out the background and context to the The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and to explore some of the key concepts under the new regulation, such as accountability and ‘privacy by design’, consent requirements, the rights of data subjects and the obligations of data controllers and processors, possible sanctions for breach of the GDPR, and the rules regarding transfers of personal data outside of the EU. Check out our blog post and the video on the Personal Data and Trust Network website. Market Research
  19. 19. Personal Data and Trust Network The network aims 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. The partners are calling on any organisation interested in personal data, trust and reputation to join the network. Membership is free and will plug you into a vibrant community that we are bringing together. For more information and to join visit pdtn.org.