Opportunities and Events for businesses

Please find below a selection of opportunities and events that you may be interested in, courtesy of our partners Innovation Alliance:


Production Innovation for Immersive Content

UK Businesses can apply for a share of up to £8 million for research and development projects to create faster, more efficient immersive content. This funding is from the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund

Funded by Innovate UK as part of UK Research and Innovation

Deadline: 28th November 2018

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SME Support to Evaluate Innovative Medical Technologies: Round 3

SMEs can apply for a share of £1.5 million to support the evaluation of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital health products

The Office for Life Sciences (OLS) will work with Innovate UK, as part of UK Research and Innovation, to invest up to £1.5 million in innovation projects. These will be to support developers of innovative medical devices, diagnostics and regulated digital technology to evaluate their product in a real world clinical setting

Opens: 26th November 

Deadline: 30th January 2019

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Regional Angel Investment Accelerator Pilot: Finding Group Partners

This competition aims to select 2 suitable organisations to partner with Innovate UK, aiming to support innovation in UK SMEs and increase the capacity of regional angel investor networks to invest in innovative SMEs. 

The selected angel investor partners (AIPS) will distribute grant funding for innovate research and development (R&D) projects to SMEs. This will be alongside investment from angels and other similar early stage investors. 

Deadline: 2nd January 2019 

Read more here


Immersive and Digital Business Meet Up

Innovation Birmingham Network are hosting an informal information and networking event in iCentrum, perfect for innovators working with or utilising Immersive and/or Digital technologies that are looking for support to help grow their business. 

The session is designed up support immersive and digital companies and to teach more about the Innovate UK family including: Immerse UK, Digital Catapult and the Knowledge Transfer Network as well as other organisations that have opportunities and support for UK based businesses across all sectors

When? 29th November 9.30am – 1.30pm

Where? iCentrum, Innovation Birmingham Campus, 6 Holt Street, Birmingham B7 4BP

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Small Business Saturday Drop-in Clinic

Pop in for a coffee and to hear about support available for your business or business idea through the Black Country Growth Hub

Short presentation about the various types of support available, such as finance, training, innovation and more.

When? 1st December, 9am-11am

Where? Why Not Coffee, Bearwood Road, Smethwick, B66 4BW

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The Future is Digital, The Future is 5G

Workshop organised by the Black Country Growth Hub

Black Country will be the first to experience ultra-reliable 5G internet access, but what does that mean for your business?

When? 4th December, 8am – 12pm

Where? University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Glaisher Drive Wolverhampton, West Midlands WV10 9RT

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Doing Business in Saxony, Germany

On Friday 30th November an event on Doing Business with Saxony, Germany is being held at the Black Country Chamber of Commerce. 

The link to register is here.


HS2 Contractor Search Launched

The Search has begun for the team to construct the new HS2 Curzon Street Station in Birmingham

The line is expected to open in the city in 2026 and create in the region of 36,000 jobs and support the development of 4,000 homes

“We’re looking for the best the construction industry has to offer. Companies that share our commitment to safety, good design, environmental protection and value for money. Together we will deliver an iconic new gateway to Birmingham – a building the city, the wider region and the travelling public can be proud to call their own.” - HS2 Chief Executive Mark Thurston

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Manufacturing Centre Eyeing NASA Partnership

A new partnership is being developed with NASA by the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC)

US space scientists are look to use MTC-developed technology in future space missions

The link-comes after work done by the MTC for the European Space Agency (SCA)

“Our team was extremely impressed with the capabilities and staff at the MTC. Working with the ESA we anticipate utilising the MTC and the National Centre for Additive Manufacturing as part of our future collaborative efforts.” – NASA technologist Rick Russell

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Unlocking Construction’s Digital Future: A skills Plan for Industry

Digital technology has the potential to transform construction - but only if the sector is equipped with the right skills and knowledge

This report shows how modern technologies can raise productivity, increase efficiency and help attract people to the sector. Without widespread digital adoption, construction risks being marginalised and losing a generation of new talent to other sectors

Read more here


Send us your Strapline!

Here at Innovation Alliance for the West Midlands we have been having fun with our new campaign, using engaging strap-lines to encourage involvement in our three Working Groups

We want YOU to get involved by sending us your innovative strap-line, either related to the Smart City Alliance, Innovative Health, Innovative Low Carbon or our wider mission

Rhymes welcome, puns encouraged!

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