Future Innovation Predictions for 2019 – Part 1
NESTA is a UK based global innovation foundation which backs new ideas to tackle the big challenges of our time from the pressures of ageing population to stretched public services and a fast changing jobs market. Based on research and the trends of funding applications NESTA makes annual predictions about the future. This year’s 2019 predictions cover technologies and trends that would once be dismissed as science fiction but are now set to tip over into mainstream acceptance. And the key questions running through this year’s predictions are who stands to benefit or lose out from these innovations and whether it is possible to redirect their paths before they become the norm?
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL OUR CLIENTS AND FRIENDS
GREAT NEWS, INNOVATE UK INVESTING IN LOCAL CATAPULT CENTRES
Innovate UK are investing £215m for the UK’s Catapult Innovation and Research Centres. The BIC interacts regularly with these centres and if a Staffordshire business is looking to carry out research on new products our R&D Adviser Rachel can help to access the support they need.
OPEN ROUND OF GRANT FUNDING FROM INNOVATE UK
Just thought I’d let you know that there is currently an OPEN Round of Funding running from Innovate UK for innovative business focussed projects as opposed to pure research. Usually funding is available for specific sectors and industries but this is an OPEN round so worth considering. Applications can come from any area of technology, science or engineering including arts, design, media or creative industries and be applied to any part of the economy.
BIC WELCOMES ITS LOCAL MP TO THE LONGTON OFFICE
GREAT BRITISH INVENTIONS TO INSPIRE YOU
As an island, it is generally felt that Britain had a head start on Innovation. We designed and developed products out of need and led the Industrial Revolution. It wasn’t difficult therefore for BBC 2 to come up with 50 Great British Inventions for their Genius of Invention season.
Grant To Research An Innovative Concept Overseas
If you have ideas for an innovative new concept to help your business or the community and the contacts or knowledge you need is abroad, you might be interested in applying for The Winston Churchill Fellowship.
EBN Congress Pitching Competition
The winner of the Grand Prize will get: • A cash prize of €10,000 • 20 hours of mentoring by an expert in the sector they operate in • Promotion by EBN following Congress with a news story and exposure as “Entrepreneur of the month” • + other prizes being negotiated with sponsors And of course there is the possibility, but no guarantee, of investment or business deals with the assembled juries and Congress participants.
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