New ideas and concepts and collaborative working in Worcestershire will take centre stage at our Innovation Special breakfast meeting on 25 April.
The forthcoming event is aimed at local SMEs, who have an idea for a new process, product or service, that could help larger public and private organisations, like the NHS and the West Midlands Combined Authority, meet specific challenges.
Local SMEs from all sectors will get the chance to showcase their innovation to organisations and university departments, who are looking to address business challenges within Worcestershire.
SMEs will also be able to share their ideas with the NHS, West Midlands Combined Authority and West Midlands Academic Health Science Network, as well as:
• Be introduced to the Worcestershire Innovative Network (WINN) and Worcestershire County Council’s Proof of Concept Grant Funding by Jessica Antley, Senior Project Manager - Innovation at Worcestershire County Council
• Hear from inspirational speaker, Michael Newnham from Red Curve Ltd, who’ll share his story of success and highlight how collaboration is crucial, as well as share his top tips, tools and techniques
• Meet Hugo Russell, Project Manager at Innovation Engine, who’ll answer key questions, including what is the Innovation Engine? How does it support innovative SMEs within Worcestershire’s GBSLEP areas? And how can ideas and challenges be solved with collaboration?
Innovative-thinking SMEs will also be able to find out more in our dedicated Education & Support Zone. If you’d like to exhibit your product or services, or can offer help to SMEs looking to launch new ideas, contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org.
WINN – bringing the county’s innovators together
WINN is a Worcestershire Innovation Programme formed by Worcestershire County Council and the Worcestershire LEP, and is designed to bring innovators together. WINN acts as a catalyst to create connections and collaborations across the diverse business landscape of Worcestershire. Its aim is to foster a vibrant innovation culture through its events and programmes, which celebrate the county’s historical successes and lay the groundwork for future job creation and economic growth.
Proof of Concept fund – encouraging businesses to bring new products to market
The Worcestershire Proof of Concept Programme encourages businesses to bring new products to market and introduce new products to businesses that’ll generate increased economic benefit and job creation in Worcestershire. The fund covers a diverse range of business needs, including new machinery, market research, marketing, and much more.
The successful £3.2 million Innovation Engine project - part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) identifies health, sustainability and transport challenges of larger organisations and builds local SME and university consortia to develop and deliver solutions. The initiative assists local SME firms in creating new products and services, and enables demand-led exploitation of new ideas and technologies and opens new market opportunities.