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SMART-AKIS workshop: Finding the Funding – The Research and Business Guide...

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King's Lynn Innovation Centre

Innovation Drive

King's Lynn, Norfolk PE30 5BY

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The public, private and charitable sectors have a range of support mechanisms to help agri-tech R&D, business growth, travel, training and to facilitate collaborations. In our final workshop in partnership with Smart -AKIS, we’ll be looking at some of the options available for smart farming innovation and development – for which other areas of agri-tech can also be eligible for support.

This event will introduce you to local and national funding streams and provide inspiring case studies to help inspire development of new Smart Farming innovations and help make your technology business or farm smarter.

We’ll start proceedings by showcasing a selection of funding opportunities from public, private and agricultural charities. By the end of this session you will have a feel for which instrument is the right one for your needs – be it discovery research, development of a new technology, or growth of your agri-tech business. We’ll also look at the different requirements from the public and private sector and how angel and venture capitalist investors view agri-tech innovations. We’ll also be hearing from the small but influential agricultural charities offering support to farmers, scientists and engineers for new research, travel and training to tool yourself up with the latest in smart farming.

Then you can meet some of those who have been through the process and are able to give first hand tips about how to access different types of finance, as well as sharing their latest ideas and innovations.

Programme:
10.00 Coffee and registration
10.30 Welcome and Introduction
Belinda Clarke, Director, Agri-Tech East
Dave Tinker, partner, Smart AKIS project and Secretary General, EurAgEng
11.15 Funding Opportunities – Public, Private and Charitable
11.20 Martin Lutman, Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Initiative
11.35 Jan Stringer, Knowledge Transfer Partnership Coordinator, East of England
11.50 Andrew McLay, Innovation Lead, Primary Agriculture, Innovate UK
12.05 Andy Cureton, Head of Business Engagement, BBSRC
12.15 Alan Plom, Secretary, Douglas Bomford Trust
12.30 Lunch and networking around the stands
13.30 Collaborations with Industry
Plenary speaker: Thomas Engel, Manager, Technology Innovation Strategy, John Deere
14.00 Case studies and Top Tips: In this session we’ll hear the ups and downs of how to find and kick-start a collaboration and secure funding from those who have done it. How do you find a partner who has the right technology, skills or expertise you need in your business? And what should you know about contracts and collaboration agreements? And how cano entrepreneurs future proof their technology to meet industry-recognised standards?
KTP, IPA, Eastern Agri-Tech Growth Fund, EU – 10 minute presentations
14.45 Panel session including Thomas Engel and Case Study presenters
Networking
16.00 Event close

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