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Innovation

We are driving positive economic, societal, and environmental change through innovation.

Innovation is complex. The journey from idea to market is not straightforward and requires a diverse range of know-how, investment, market knowledge and research. KTN exists to connect innovators with new partners and new opportunities beyond their existing thinking – accelerating ambitious ideas into real-world solutions. Our diverse connections and deep expertise enable us to be a trusted guide through a global landscape of research, development and innovation. Connect with us to find out how we can become a part of your innovation journey and drive positive change.

Our current cross sector innovation programmes.

Innovation Canvas

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.

Innovation Exchange

KTN-iX™ is a cross-sector program supporting innovation transfer by matching industry challenges to innovative companies from other sectors. It does this by putting large businesses with technical needs in contact with companies who have the right innovative solutions, for faster development of novel solutions.

Nature Inspired Solutions

In the past biomimicry or biomimetics started from simple imitation of natural organisms. Over time, it has evolved through integration and combination with modern science and engineering to help us discover new materials, applications, and alternative ways of production.

Product Innovation

Turning an idea into a scalable, commercial product is a challenge that faces many entrepreneurs, innovators and SMEs. Developing a new product, new functionality or new customer experience can be difficult and success may not always happen. 97% of hardware startups fail (compared with 70% of tech start-ups).

Women in Innovation

Innovate UK’s Women in Innovation programme consists of funding competitions and events to encourage female-led innovation.

Young Innovators

The Young Innovators programme, which includes annual awards for young people with creative and ground-breaking business ideas and a high-profile #IdeasMeanBusiness campaign, is a partnership between Innovate UK and the Prince’s Trust.

Funding Opportunities

Tech For Our Planet

The Tech For Our Planet challenge programme is an exciting new opportunity for startups to pilot technology that will help us reach our net zero targets. The best startups will have the chance to showcase their solutions on the international stage at COP26.

Opens: 12/05/2021 Closes: 25/06/2021

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Young Innovators Awards 2021/22

Young people (aged 18-30 on 28th July 2021) can apply for an award to make their business idea a reality, which includes a grant for £5,000, a living allowance, and tailored business support.

Opens: 14/06/2021 Closes: 28/07/2021

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Innovate UK SMART grants May 2021

UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing and commercially viable R&D innovation that can significantly impact the UK economy, with up to £500k for short projects or up to £2m for longer projects. This funding is from Innovate UK.

Opens: 28/05/2021 Closes: 25/08/2021

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Events

Mon
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Mar
2021

Innovate Local - Southern Pioneers

08.30 - 16.30 | Online

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Tue
20
Apr
2021

Competition Briefing Event: Innovation in Time Dissemination & Application

10.00 - 17.00 | Online

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Thu
20
May
2021

Innovation Loans Competition Briefing: April 2021

10.00 - 12.00 | Online

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News

08.04.2021

Busting the myths around starting your own business

This year, Innovate UK awarded 64 young entrepreneurs a 1-year tailored package of support, including £5,000 grant, one-on-one business coaching and an allowance to cover living costs. We asked the latest cohort of Young Innovators to bust 6 myths around starting your own business.

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18.05.2021

Scottish Research and Innovation Futures: A vision for societal change and sustainable recovery

Research and innovation will be fundamental in Scotland’s swift economic and societal recovery from Covid-19. KTN and Research Innovation Scotland (RIS) are organising a series of workshops to discuss the key enablers of recovery: Health & Wellbeing, Digital Infrastructure and Manufacturing & Green Recovery, Just Transition to a Net Zero Carbon Society, and Climate & Environment.

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