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Infrastructure Systems Competition Round 2 Brokerage Event - Edinburgh

The Knowledge Transfer Network

Thursday, 2 February 2017 from 09:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

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The Knowledge Transfer Network, in partnership with Innovate UK, will be hosting a series of events across the UK to discuss Round 2 of Innovate UK's Infrastructure Systems competition.

This Brokerage Event will be a chance to hear about the scope of the competition and provide an opportunity for networking. Delegates will have the opportunity to give a short pitch on their capability offering and partner requirements.


‘Infrastructure systems’ describes the systems that provide critical societal services. These include energy, mobility and those services that enable towns and cities to thrive. As these systems face increasing social and environmental pressures, we need innovation to ensure:

  • resilience to change
  • fitness for purpose in the future
  • optimal value from investment

What is the opportunity?

Innovate UK is to invest up to £15m in projects to stimulate innovation that creates UK business growth in infrastructure systems. We want businesses to collaborate to develop new integrated solutions and new business models.

We are looking to fund a portfolio of projects. These may include technical feasibility, industrial research or experimental development projects. We expect projects to range in size from total eligible costs of £25,000 to £5 million. Projects should last between 3 months and 3 years.

Projects must show significant innovation in one of our priority areas:

  • ‘smart’ infrastructure
  • energy systems
  • connected transport
  • urban living

There are 2 competition options:

  • stream 1 allocates £5 million for projects that last from 3 months to 1 year with costs from £25,000 to £100,000
  • stream 2 allocates £10 million for projects lasting from 1 year to 3 years with costs between £100,000 and £5 million

Key Dates:

  • Competition opens: 16 January 2017
  • Briefing Event: 24 January 2017
  • Brokerage Events*: 19, 26 & 31 January 2017 and 2 & 7 February 2017
  • Register before noon 15 March 2017
  • Apply before noon 22 March 2017

Click here to find out more about this competition.

Who should attend?

This event will benefit businesses, academics, researchers and local authorities involved in energy systems, resilient urban systems, connected transport systems (Autonomous Vehicles not in scope) and pulling in new technologies from digital, communications, sensors, electronics and novel materials sectors.

The  events will include:

  • an opportunity to hear about the scope of the competition in more detail
  • an opportunity to network and develop cross sector partnerships for the competition
  • an opportunity to meet with Innovate UK for 1:1 discussions about the competition

Edinburgh Programme:

9:30 Registration

10:00 Welcome

Chris Bagley, Knowledge Transfer Network

10:10 Three Minute Business Venture

Ray Chegwin, Knowledge Transfer Network

10:20 Introduction to the Competition – Scope and Eligibility

  • Innovate UK – The State of Play, Bryan Forbes, Innovate UK
  • The Infrastructure Systems Competition Scope, Niraj Saraf, Innovate UK

11:10 Break & Networking

Opportunity for delegates to view networking wall and have 1:1 meetings

11:40 A Perspective on the Innovation Process

  • Joan Pisanek, Sunamp Ltd
  • Dave Ainsworth, Kite Power Solutions Ltd (KPS)

12:10 How the KTN Can Help

Michelle Carter, Knowledge Transfer Network

12:25 Company Pitches

Opportunity for delegates to pitch their competition ideas

13.00 Lunch & Networking

Opportunity for delegates to view networking wall and have 1:1 meetings

14:00 Parallel Sessions:

  • Business Opportunity - Discussion groups to help delegates find partners followed by Speed Networking
  • Offshore Wind Innovation Clinic* - Providing a focused session for project consortia working on offshore wind technologies

15:30 Close - Opportunity for further networking and 1 :1 meetings

Partnering: We will be making a one-to-one meeting facility available to delegates. Meeting Mojo enables you to book meetings with each other online, ahead of the event. This facility will open 2 weeks prior to the event and registered attendees will receive login details then. You can search or browse company/delegate listings, and request one-to-one meetings with other delegates which will take place at the event. You can also use this facility to pre-book meetings with Innovate UK and KTN. 

*Offshore Wind Innovation Clinic: Do you have an offshore wind innovation challenge that needs solving? Are you a technology provider trying to enter the offshore wind market? The Infrastructure Systems competition is likely to be ideal for helping to fill your technology funding gap. This Offshore Wind Innovation Clinic, organised by Innovate UK, KTN and ORE Catapult, will run in the afternoon of the Infrastructure Systems competition brokerage event in Edinburgh to provide a focused session for project consortia working on offshore wind technologies. 

*Regional Brokerage Events


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When & Where

COSLA Conference Centre
Verity House
19 Haymarket Yards
EH12 5BH Edinburgh
United Kingdom

Thursday, 2 February 2017 from 09:30 to 15:30 (GMT)

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