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Accelerate growth and achieve scale with help from Innovate UK EDGE South West.

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2021 has seen the launch of Innovate UK EDGE – join our webinar to learn about Innovate UK EDGE’s ambitions and the bespoke support available to UK innovators.

The webinar will provide you with details on how to access Innovate UK EDGE and the services and opportunities available from the wider Innovate UK family.

In particular you will learn about the specialist-led services available to UK innovators, including: how to access and apply for Innovate UK grants, developing best practice for successful bids, preparing for and finding debt and equity finance, Intellectual Property Audits, sales & marketing support for the commercialisation of your ideas, design thinking and support for your internationalisation strategies.

You will also learn how to access the UK’s Catapult Network, which works with Innovate UK to bridge the gap between research and industry, helping to turn great ideas into reality. The KTN will discuss how to use Knowledge Transfer Partnerships to introduce Academic support to your business. Finally, we'll provide an insight into Innovate UK’s internationalisation strategy for collaborative innovation.

In 2020, Innovate UK EDGE helped South West businesses raise £30m in grant funding and debt and equity finance. This year, we aim to build on that figure and also help businesses access new partners, customers and international acceleration programmes domestically and across the globe.

This webinar will introduce you to key Innovate UK services, including:

  • How to access support to commercialise your ideas and innovation
  • How to access and apply for Innovate UK grants and loans
  • Developing best practice in your grant applications
  • Preparing for and finding debt or equity finance
  • Finding collaboration partners
  • How Knowledge Transfer Partnerships can provide technical specialist support to your innovation
  • The role of The Catapult Network in supporting high tech businesses
  • An insight into Innovate UK’s international strategy and objectives

Who should participate in the webinar? 

  • High-growth innovative SMEs

After participating in the webinar eligible businesses will be able to access:

  • Support from Innovate UK, Innovate UK EDGE, KTP and Catapult 
  • Introductions to sector specialists
  • Live global partnering opportunities 


  • Host: Dr Deborah Watson, Adviser Team Manager, Innovate UK EDGE SW. Deborah has over twenty years' experience supporting innovation and economic development across sectors as diverse as health, manufacturing and environment.
  • Paul O’Collins, Regional Manager, Innovate UK EDGE SW. Paul is an experienced Company Director with specialisms in sales, marketing, ICT and general management. He advises businesses on topics ranging from innovation and internationalisation, to entrepreneurship and access to R&D funding and finance.
  • Layla Burrows, Regional Manager, Innovate UK. Layla works with stakeholders to evolve Innovate UK's regional engagement and place-based innovation and R&D strategies and investments. She has extensive bid writing and bid development experience in both industry and academia.
  • Katy Riddington, NCC Strategic Initiatives Director, HVMC Network. Katy champions SME support and engagement within the High Value Manufacturing Catapult network, ensuring that innovation and capability across the breadth of technology areas are available to all manufacturing businesses irrespective of size and maturity.
  • Geraint Jones, Knowledge Transfer Adviser, The Knowledge Transfer Partnership. Geraint has a degree in Physics and a PhD in Materials Science, was technical director of an electronics manufacturing company, leading the development of new products, and has led numerous Innovate UK-sponsored programmes.
  • David Golding, Head of Global Innovation Partnerships, Innovate UK. David's role focuses on building relationships and looking at future global opportunities for Innovate UK.

Innovate 2021 webinar series

This webinar is part of Innovate UK EDGE’s 'Innovate 2021’ series on supporting growing and scaling businesses.

We’ll also be covering the bespoke support available from Innovate UK EDGE and how our innovation and growth specialists can help your business build on its internal strengths and capabilities, find new opportunities and access funding and finance. Click here to view details and register for other webinars.

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