Innovation support event for businesses in East Anglia

Tuesday, 27 February 2018
9:30 am – 16:00 pm
BT Adastral Park, Ipswich, United Kingdom

Event details here

Put this date in your diary to meet experts who can help you to understand:

  • what a connected, digital future means for your business
  • the latest £million funding opportunities from Innovate UK
  • how to write more successful funding bids
  • how we can connect you to the knowledge and resources you need to succeed

How will “Industry 4.0“, a connected, digital future impact your business?

Whether it’s agritech or medtechenergy or engineering, hospitals or factories, we can help you understand and seize the opportunities.

To find out more about the strengths and scope of these sectors, see the East of England Science and Innovation Audit here http://www.gcgp.co.uk/east-england-sia/


09.30am: Welcome – Plenary

  • What is today about?  Introduction to Innovate UK, Howard Partridge, East of England Regional Manager
  • Keynote opening address – Tim Whitley, BT

10am: Innovation opportunities to grow your business, Sue Dunkerton, Director KTN

10.30am – Breakout sessions

Life Sciences

  • Local Integrated Health and Care Records (LIHCR) and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) – National perspective, and our regional response – Prof Erika Denton Associate Medical Director Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
  • Smart Emerging Technologies Institute – Prof Gerard Parr, UEA
  • Data is Key!  Public attitudes to accessing health data for research – Mark Avery, Mark Avery Eastern Academic Health Science Network


This session will be discussing improved connectivity for the materials and manufacturing landscape and what the productivity and diffusion agenda means for this sector in the region.

  • 4Manufacturing/KTN – Lampros Litos, Knowledge Transfer Network
  • Alice Reeve, Hethel
  • Chris Dungey, TWI Ltd
  • Innomech
  • Cambridge Cleantech

Winning funding for your research and innovation

This workshop will outline what funding is available, who and what each programme is suitable for, tips for presenting a strong case for funding and what help there is available to prepare your applications.

  • Liliya Serazetdinova, KTN
  • Roger Hetherington, EEN

12-1pm – Networking lunch

1pm – Afternoon breakout sessions


The Agri-food session will be combining health and med-tech and building on the theme of convergence for the East of England.

  • Extracting value from agri-food waste – Mark Stewart, Innovation Manager, AbSugar
  • Improving nutritional and health properties of wheat – Dr Brittany Hazard, Quadrum JIC


Digital and ICT session looks to not only showcase the strength of the digital sector in the East but also how the recent funding announcements and future technologies offer further opportunities for cross-fertilization.  The aim is to point businesses towards areas of innovation which have multiple opportunities.

Winning funding for your research and innovation

Another chance to understand innovation funding currently available including tips for presenting a strong case for funding and what help there is available to prepare your applications.

2.30pm – Networking break

3pm – Funding opportunities and support

Choose from:

  • Innovation Loans, led by Nigel Walker of Innovate UK
  • Meet the family clinics available with Innovate UK, EEN and KTN
  • “Innovation and internationalisation in an uncertain world” – chaired by Prof Mohamed Abdel-Maguid, University of Suffolk

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