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Innovate UK in the East of England 2018

Event details
Tuesday, 27 February 2018
9:30 am – 16:00 pm
Overview
Innovation support event for businesses in East Anglia

     

 

Put this date in your diary to meet experts who can help you to understand:

  • what a connected, digital future means for your business
  • the latest £million funding opportunities from Innovate UK
  • how to write more successful funding bids
  • how we can connect you to the knowledge and resources you need to succeed

How will “Industry 4.0“, a connected, digital future impact your business?

Whether it’s agritech or medtech, energy or engineering, hospitals or factories, we can help you understand and seize the opportunities.

To find out more about the strengths and scope of these sectors, see the East of England Science and Innovation Audit here http://www.gcgp.co.uk/east-england-sia/

Agenda

09.30am: Welcome – Plenary

  • What is today about?  Introduction to Innovate UK, Howard Partridge, East of England Regional Manager
  • Keynote opening address – Tim Whitley, BT

10am: Innovation opportunities to grow your business, Sue Dunkerton, Director KTN

10.30am – Breakout sessions

Life Sciences

  • Local Integrated Health and Care Records (LIHCR) and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) – National perspective, and our regional response – Prof Erika Denton Associate Medical Director Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
  • Smart Emerging Technologies Institute – Prof Gerard Parr, UEA
  • Data is Key!  Public attitudes to accessing health data for research – Mark Avery, Mark Avery Eastern Academic Health Science Network

Manufacturing

This session will be discussing improved connectivity for the materials and manufacturing landscape and what the productivity and diffusion agenda means for this sector in the region.

  • 4Manufacturing/KTN – Lampros Litos, Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Alice Reeve, Hethel
  • Chris Dungey, TWI Ltd
  • Innomech
  • Cambridge Cleantech

Winning funding for your research and innovation – Masterclass

This workshop will outline what funding is available, who and what each programme is suitable for, tips for presenting a strong case for funding and what help there is available to prepare your applications.

  • Liliya Serazetdinova, KTN
  • Roger Hetherington, EEN

12-1pm – Networking lunch

1pm – Afternoon breakout sessions

Agri-tech

This session will explore the convergence of agri-food, health, and med tech sectors in our region, discuss opportunities for businesses and academic organisations for translating technologies and knowledge from adjacent sectors into agri-tech, and point participants towards areas of innovation that uniquely exploit this convergence.

  • Extracting value from agri-food waste – Mark Stewart, Innovation Manager, AbSugar
  • Improving nutritional and health properties of wheat – Dr Brittany Hazard, Quadrum Institute JIC
  • Using diagnostics technologies to improve disease diagnostics in crops – Professor Jon West, Rothamsted Research

Digital

Digital and ICT session looks to not only showcase the strength of the digital sector in the East but also how the recent funding announcements and future technologies offer further opportunities for cross-fertilization.  The aim is to point businesses towards areas of innovation which have multiple opportunities.

  • Sue Hessey, Head of Experience Transformation, BT
  • Justin Paul, Marketing Director, Huawei Technologies
  • Neil Miles, CEO, Inasight
  • Matthew Martin, Managing Director, Immersive VR Ltd

Winning funding for your research and innovation – Masterclass

Another chance to understand innovation funding currently available including tips for presenting a strong case for funding and what help there is available to prepare your applications.

  •  Funding is, almost universally, the key barrier preventing businesses from exploiting their research and innovation.
  • Funding is available from European and UK government programmes but businesses typically find that the range of different programmes is confusing and it often seems impossible to actually get the funding needed.
  • This workshop will outline what funding is available, who and what each programme is suitable for, tips for presenting a strong case for funding and what help there is available to prepare your applications.

2.30pm – Networking break

3pm – Funding opportunities and support

Choose from:

Innovation Loans

Introducing innovation Loans to help scale your business

  • Led by: Nigel Walker, Innovate UK
  • Hannah Smith, Anglia Capital Group

Meet the Family 

Opportunity to have discussions with representatives from IUK, EEN, KTN,

Innovation and internationalisation in an uncertain world

This session will give you the opportunity to raise your particular concerns about the challenges you face as a result of all this political and economic uncertainty to a panel of representatives from the region’s main business and innovation support services. This will allow the panel members to demonstrate how the different agencies can support businesses chart their way through the choppy waters of international political and economic uncertainty.

  • Chaired by: Prof Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, Dean of the School of Science, Technology & Engineering at University of Suffolk
  • Roger Hetherington, Senior Innovation Adviser, Enterprise Europe Network

Make a date and register today!

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