Expert Funding Advice for Your Business with Innovation 4 Growth

By Ben Carey on 10 January, 2023

Innovation 4 Growth is holding a series of workshops to address the challenges facing SMEs throughout the region.

Delivered by UWE Bristol and funded by the European Regional Development Fund, Innovation 4 Growth aims to encourage businesses to innovate and grow through grant funding and business support.

The next opportunity for SMEs is the Funding Business Evolution Workshop which is being held on Thursday 2nd – Friday 3rd March at The Workshed, Swindon.

The workshop will help attendees to explore available funding options, provide assistance on funding applications and give guidance on what a good funding pitch looks like.

Experienced guest speakers will offer their valuable insights over the two-day event, sharing their learnings on innovation, funding and successful business models.

​​The workshop will cover sessions including:

The funding landscape A practical exploration of the many ways to fund an innovation/change or growth project, from bootstrapping to debt financing, angel investors to crowdfunding.

What do funders need to know to support your project? What does a funder need to see in your application for you to be successful, and why does a great funding application need more than data?

R&D tax credits and how they help companies fund innovation An overview of the UK Grant Funding Landscape for innovative research and development projects.

Bank funding What are the options, and what does a bank want to see as a lender?

How to plan for growth People, processes, time and money. How do you create time to evolve your business while still keeping current clients and projects healthy? When do you expand the team and how early should you start to advertise the evolution?

Expert speakers and facilitators will include:

Mark Corderoy, Entrepreneur in residence, Launch Space and Bristol Robotics Laboratory Hardware Incubator

With a background in engineering and technology in a variety of commercial settings, Mark is an experienced Technologist and Award-winning Mentor. He has been at UWE Bristol for last four years as Incubation Manager for the Bristol Robotics Laboratory the leading and largest academic centre for multi-disciplinary robotics research in the UK as well as Entrepreneur-in-residence for Launch Space, providing business support and mentoring to start-up businesses in UWE Bristol’s University Enterprise Zone.

Lucy Paine, Business Development Manager, UWE Bristol

Lucy has run her own business, worked for pre-IPO start-ups, multibillion dollar tech firms and a few in-between, with a focus on sales and business communication. She spent five years at the business incubator Sussex Innovation Centre supporting hundreds of companies on their growth journeys. She currently not only manages the SWI4G project for UWE but also the techSPARK Bath and Swindon & Wiltshire communities, bringing people together for the greater good of the regions.

Jim Hughes, Founder, Untamed

For five years Jim has provided transformative experiences to high performers and entrepreneurs around the world through his unique brand of coaching, speaking and events.
He has helped change the lives of eight-figure business owners, world record holders, senior military leaders, top performing professionals and many more.

Leveraging his extensive life experience, that encompasses everything from running a multimillion dollar engineering business in Australia and canoeing the Yukon River, to skiing the world’s longest giant slalom race wearing only a g-string and pretending to be an electrical engineer for eight months, he approaches his work how he approaches life – with energy, commitment and fun.

Jack Stanbury, Business Innovation & Skills Manager, UWE Bristol

Jack is a business development manager working in the research, innovation and skills sector. He has experience working within the HE Sector and with industry in the region. He will join the workshop on day two to talk about opportunities to engage with UWE Bristol through graduate recruitment, internships and other support. 

Spaces for the event are limited. For more information and to register, click here