Human-centred design is for businesses of any size who are interested in early-stage innovation strategy. For start-ups, strategic design helps get brilliant ideas to the right market. For established businesses, it helps reposition or expand their offering.
Our current focus in this area
KTN’s Innovation Canvas is designed to help you create value from innovation and identify the changes needed to make your idea succeed. It provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific project, identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what action to take.
The Design Innovation Network has been established to encourage innovators to form a collaborative community and embrace design to a greater extent.
Current Design funding opportunities
Design Exchange Partnerships: design the green transition
Opens: 01/09/2022 Closes: 30/11/2022
Apply for funding to develop design-based solutions for specific net zero and climate crisis challenges facing UK coastal and island communities.
SSPP Future Plastic Packaging Solutions Round 2
Opens: 12/09/2022 Closes: 09/11/2022
UK registered businesses and organisations can apply for a share of up to £2.5 million for early-stage and mid-stage projects in smart and sustainable plastic packaging.
Horizon Europe Driving Urban Transitions: Develop sustainable cities and urban environments across Europe
Opens: 21/09/2022 Closes: 21/11/2022
Apply for funding to address key urban challenges facing cities in the transition to a more sustainable economy.
Related Events and Recordings
#IdeasMeanBusiness: The design to manufacture journey
14.00 - 15.00 | Online
Navigating the Design to Manufacture Journey: April Adventure Stories
12.00 - 13.30 | Online
Ignite Conversation: Inclusion in Design
11.00 - 12.00 | Online
Innovate UK KTN launches a landmark platform to connect Innovators with Design
Innovate UK KTN launches a landmark platform to connect Innovators with Design.
Plastic Products: Designing to Do The Right Thing
Using design to ‘do the right thing’ is at the heart of Innovate UK KTN’s new Design Innovation Network, and the plastics industry is just one area where a good design can yield huge benefits.