19 May 2010

Partnering for Innovation regional events tour to promote £18m TSB fund

The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) has recently announced a new competition of £18m for collaborative technology R&D to support the UK’s digital industry. And that includes mobile technologies too.

To help digital firms successfully enter this competition, we have organised a series of six regional events taking place through-out May and June 2010.

The six ‘Partnering for Innovation’ events will take place around the UK, in Newcastle, Manchester, Glasgow, Bristol and London.

The TSB fund will be in the form of a competition launched to promote lasting alliances between technology companies and entrepreneurs. To qualify for both streams, projects must be truly collaborative, with at least one partner. Partners can be drawn from businesses large or small, academia, research and technology organisations, not for profit organisations, but the projects must be led by a revenue earning business entity.

Applicants can pitch for projects of up to £99,000 as part of the fast track, or for larger projects of up to £2-3m, with grants available for up to 50% of the total project costs. So this seems like a good idea and one way to part-finance a new project.

These free-to-attend one-day Partnering for Innovation events will cover:

  • How to enter the Collaboration across Industries competition
  • Detailed information on deadlines & eligibility
  • Networking and collaboration opportunities
  • Workshops on proposal writing and pitching
  • The chance to quiz the TSB on specific proposal issues
  • What to expect from the application process

Dates for the diary:

The events are free to attend but space is limited so do register using the links above to secure a spot. And in registering for the events, you’ll also be registering on the CI-KTN’s free network where you can access other information resources. CI-KTN is a sister organisation to DC-KTN who regularly support and sponsor Mobile Monday London activities.

If any MoMoLo members have previous experience, positive or negative, about these initiatives or have advice to share, please do leave a comment or enter the discussion via our email discussion group. It would be good to understand a bit more about what’s involved and how these initiatives can benefit your business.

[via Creative Industries Knowledge Transfer Network – CI-KTN ]