All about innovation

April 25, 2017 8:01 am

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But just what is innovation? Of course, there are a number of definitions out there.  Ask anyone and they’ll probably give you something different.  Here’s one that may prove useful:

The action or process of innovating; a new method, idea, product, etc. 

Its many synonyms include change, revolution and variation.  It can be incremental (small changes, existing ideas) or completely revolutionary (totally new products and services).  What is certain is that innovation is crucial to the continuing success of any organisation.  There are various organisations and programmes that might be able to help you along your innovation highway.  Here are a few of the key ones:

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is a useful source to find out what funding is available.  Run through central government, you can easily look at the current opportunities on their website.  Or why not subscribe to their newsletter to ensure that opportunities fall right into your inbox?  Not only can you access this support directly but you may wish to work with a local university.

Enabling Innovation

Indeed, Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is currently delivering a funded programme across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire entitle Enabling Innovation.  This is an ERDF funded programme providing support to Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs).  In fact, it’s not just NTU that’s involved as they are also working in partnership with the University of Nottingham and the University of Derby.  Moreover, there’s a variety of different aspects to this project.  Find out more about the project here.

Key to the success of Enabling Innovation, is the local delivery of a number of events.  These include bite-size insight breakfast sessions and full-day masterclasses at Vision West Nottinghamshire College’s new University Centre.  Search for these on our events calendar.

Bringing it all to life

In addition, there’s an event on Tuesday 9 May at the University of Nottingham all about funding for innovation and growth.  This is an event organised through the D2N2 Growth Hub.  This will provide an overview of a variety of different organisations and an opportunity for one-to-ones.  Find out more about this event and register.

And if you can’t make that, then there is another event run through the Enabling Innovation programme, about access to finance.  This time it is being held at the Mansfield I-Centre.  Again, there will be a number of speakers on the day and an opportunity to meet both the presenters and other local businesses.  Find out more about this event and registerPlease note that unfortunately this event has now been cancelled.

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