Preparing for Innovate UK Eastern England: Agri Tech & Food Tech Launchpad

Posted on March 7, 2024

Does your innovative business operate in the Agri-Tech, Agri-Biotech or Food Technology sector? Are you interested how future funding from the Launchpad Programme could elevate your innovation?

Our Innovation Grant Mentoring Project is designed to assist your business in preparing for this crucial funding opportunity.

Join our experts in innovation, James Allen and David Kaye, in a comprehensive session where we will discuss:

· The advantages of receiving Innovate UK funding.

· Determining whether Innovate UK funding is a good fit for your business.

· An overview of Innovate UK funding, including how to utilise their grants.

· An in-depth exploration of the Agri-tech/Food tech launchpad.

· Preparing your business for funding and the process of submitting a bid.

· The role of Norfolk & Suffolk county councils in supporting your innovation journey.

Our Speakers

James Allen

James is the Project Manager for the Connected Innovation Programme. He is responsible for strategic activity on innovation, leading on the Regional Innovation Action Plan with Innovate UK. He is Project Manager for the Creative East scale-up and investment readiness programme and manages the relationship with the New Anglia Innovation Board, Agri-Food Industry Council and Council for Digital Tech. James engages with key Government Departments, UKRI, Innovate UK and the Catapults to deliver our innovation ambitions, leading various bids to support the Agri-Tech sector, to establish the Space East Cluster (UK Space Agency funding) and to deliver Creative East (DCMS’ Create Growth Programme).

David Kaye MSci MIET FRSA

David is a freelance innovation advisor, coach, and grant writer with 15+ years experience in SME business development and innovation management. He has secured over £5m in grant funding for clients and former employers across Innovate UK, DfT, ESA, Advanced Propulsion Centre, BEIS, and SBRI. He has also won £1m+ of commercial tenders from IFIs such as the IFC, EBRD, African Development Bank, and UNIDO.

David’s career has focussed on cleantech and deeptech across varying stages of the innovation lifecycle, ranging from a scaleup (powerPerfector, #9 on 2009’s Fast Track 100) and a corporate spinout (Agile Charging) to startups as an investor, team member and founder.

Could you benefit from fully funded support from our Innovation Grant Mentoring Project?

If you’re a Norfolk or Suffolk SME we can help you with one-to-one support and more tips on submitting winning applications for grant funding.

Express interest and book in a chat with the team through our website: https://www.norfolk.gov.uk/igmp

Or send us an email at econdev@norfolk.gov.uk

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