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Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund launch

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19 Haymarket Yards

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The CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund is a new national fund that aims to provide an easy to access, low risk approach to encouraging more innovation in Scotland whilst supporting Scottish public sector organisations to find solutions to operational service and policy delivery challenges.

The Fund will provide up to 100% funding to public sector challenge sponsors and will assist individuals/ companies to increase their business innovation and explore new revenue streams, helping make Scottish businesses more productive and competitive as well as improving public sector service delivery.

The Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, Keith Brown will mark the official launch of the new CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund. This is a joint project between The Scottish Government, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and Scottish Funding Council.

All public sector organisations, business support networks and any business/ individual who is interested in responding to a challenge are invited to come along and learn about the fund process, hear first hand from the organisations involved in the pilot projects and find out how to go about accessing the fund to submit a challenge.

The event will start at 12 noon with a networking lunch being provided at 1pm. During the event you will learn about the fund, hear about its benefits firsthand from the organisations involved in the pilot projects and be taken into the practicalities of the fund – how to apply to the forthcoming call for funding.

The aims of the fund are to:

  • Find solutions for service and policy delivery issues faced by the public sector
  • Improve public services
  • Support innovative businesses and boost Scotland’s economic development

Benefits for public sector challenge sponsors:

  • Opportunity to explore creative solutions to operational challenges.
  • Improved service delivery and quality from tailored solutions.
  • Up to 100% funding to find and develop innovative solutions.
  • Lead on and run the challenge (with support from the fund team, who are able to build internal capability and processes to run future challenges)

Benefits for innovative businesses (challenge solvers):

  • 100% funding for R&D costs
  • Keep and retain the right to exploit the IP developed
  • Access to that crucial 1st customer
  • Demonstrate your technology with challenge sponsor and use it as a stepping stone to wider, perhaps international markets?
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