The KTN Digital team helps organisations interested in Digital innovation to access funding, expert knowledge and to make powerful and diverse connections.

Are you working on an innovation in the Digital sector? 

We can help you take the next step by connecting you with the right funding, people and expertise. 

Our people have a deep expertise and work with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups and spin-outs, to  medium sized enterprises and big businesses. 

Find out about Digital funding opportunities 

We’re on the frontline to help you find out about funding for the Digital sector. We share information about funding opportunities from government and organisations like Innovate UK. We also partner with organisations to deliver funding on their behalf to help solve key global challenges.

Make powerful connections to fast track your project 

You’ll be matched with the person in our team who is the most knowledgeable about your project. We have experts in cybersecurity, 5G, AI for services, digital economy and IOT.  

We’ll identify partners best suited to your needs from our network of innovators, across sectors and technology areas. 

By helping connect organisations and people across all sectors, we help shape the future and build a better and stronger innovation system. 

Our current focus in this area

The only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cybersecurity ecosystem, CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) plays a unique and vital role in supporting cyber security innovation and commercialisation.

Immerse UK brings together industry, researchers and research organisations, the public sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and end-users to support the UK in becoming the global leader in applications of immersive technologies: high-end visualisation, virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, haptics and other sensory interfaces with data.

5G is more than just another upgrade in the mobile telecoms landscape. 5G promises to become the underpinning technology for the entire global digital economy, capable of generating trillions of pounds of value.

Services – including legal, accounting and insurance – account for almost 80% of the UK economy. Financial and professional services alone are worth £190 billion and employ 2.2 million, so it is vital that we ensure these are primed for the future.

Computing helps produce digital assets and software activity. These can be used by varied sectors such as transport, infrastructure, farming and life sciences.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) definition of cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we all use, and the services we access from theft or damage and preventing unauthorised access to personal information we store on these devices, and online.

The Digital Economy covers all business activity that’s enabled by digital technologies. This includes a wide range of activity across any sectors.

The digital health and care sub-sector is characterised by a large number of small companies developing technology across the health spectrum.

Digital manufacturing promises improved productivity, sustainability, resilience and the creation of high value jobs. The industrial digital technology (IDT) innovator seeking to make an impact in the physical world stands to benefit from the transformation of UK manufacturing.

What makes our modern lives relatively easy, interconnected and seamless is this seldomly thought of, but very vital soft infrastructure – the electromagnetic spectrum.

IoT (Internet of Things) is all things data. It includes generating, catching, moving, processing data for insights/actions in increasingly automated and connected contexts. These technologies can unlock powerful business capabilities. IoT technology is often behind the words ‘smart’ or ‘digitisation’. It’s present in any and all sectors that use data associated with non-human assets (things).

Related Opportunities

XR prize challenge: fight climate change

Opens: 20/10/2022 Closes: 31/12/2022

The XR Prize Challenge: Fight Climate Change is a global competition harnessing AR and VR (XR) solutions to help fight climate change. AWE is inviting submissions from teams and individuals, and especially collaborations between XR technologists and climate change experts from around the world, to…

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DCMS Create Growth Fund: Competition 1

Opens: 28/11/2022 Closes: 08/02/2023

UK registered micro/SMEs in the creative sector, in six specified regions of England, can apply for £10k-£30k for innovation projects to grow their business.

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Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition: Round 7

Opens: 10/11/2022 Closes: 11/01/2023

UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.

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Future flight: closing the skills gaps

Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 01/02/2023

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £500,000 to develop upskilling initiatives that tackle the immediate skills gaps of the UK aviation industry.

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SBRI healthcare challenge: How do we improve access to information for relatives of patients?

Opens: 21/11/2022 Closes: 14/12/2022

Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board and other Health Boards across Wales are looking for innovative solutions to help improve access to information for relatives of patients whilst their loved ones are in hospital and reduce the demand on staff time.

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Creative Catalyst 2023

Opens: 05/12/2022 Closes: 15/02/2023

UK registered micro and small businesses in the creative industries sector can apply for funding up to £50,000 with a package of support to grow their business.

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Create Growth Programme - Funding Competition Briefing Event

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Innovate UK Creative Catalyst - Briefing event

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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Centre for People-Led Digitalisation

12.00 - 13.00 | Online

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