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Innovate Local Yorkshire, Humber & the North East

Innovate Local Yorkshire, Humber & the North East

20 October

Wednesday 20 October 2021, 9:30am - 4:30pm

Created by Innovate UK and delivered in partnership with KTN

If you are running a business and wish to go one step further, join this event and open the door to limitless opportunities.

Innovate UK’s Innovate Local programme fosters collaboration with local stakeholders to create an event that aligns with regional innovation strengths and priorities while engaging local businesses that may not have access to the support we offer before. This year, they are aligning with the strengths and priorities of York and North Yorkshire.


The event programme is created by Innovate UK and delivered with KTN in partnership with Innovate UK EDGE, York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub, University of York and the Agri-tech Centres.

Although the programme covers a full day, you will be able to book your place for individual workshops if you prefer.


9:30am - Introduction to National and Local Business Research and Innovation Support with Dean Cook and Lee Viney of Innovate UK, Amanda Selvaratnam of University of York, and Andrew Raby of the York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub

10:40am  - Networking break

11:00am - Experiencing the Journey: the challenges and rewards of innovation with Clive Blacker of Map of Ag, Dr Casey Woodward of AgriSound, and Nigel Banks of ilke Homes

12:45pm - Networking lunch

1:30pm - Innovate UK Funding to Drive AgriFood Innovation with Simon Batty of AgriFood KTN

1:30pm - BioVale/Biorenewables Development Centre Introduction with Helen Shiels of the Biorenewables Development Centre

2:15pm - Innovate UK EDGE Innovation & Growth Service with Andy Taylor of Innovate UK EDGE

2:15pm - Meet your talents: Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) with Ian Blakemore of KTN

2:15pm - Lending and Investor Partnerships with Nigel Walker of Innovate UK

3:15pm - Map your Route to Accelerate your Business Growth with John Bound of KTN

3:15pm - Business Growth: Have I Got New For You with the York & North Yorkshire LEP and York & North Yorkshire Growth Hub

3:15pm - PAPI Innovation Grant Offer with Matthew Kirk of University of York

Why attend?

To get the help you need to grow your business and to:

  • Become more productive
  • Develop a new idea and direction
  • Access funding opportunities
  • Access networks and find new partners
  • Find out about the local economic priorities and the growth opportunities for businesses developing new ideas across York and North Yorkshire
  • Hear from and meet with national and local support agencies. They can help you form collaborative partnerships, undertake Research and Development, access funding and finance, and develop skills and talent for your business
  • Hear from local businesses about their innovation journeys and network with potential partners and clients to fast track your new ideas and innovate
  • Agencies and practitioners from across the ecosystem will have the opportunity to network with each other and engage with businesses seeking support
What is Innovate Local?

The Innovate Local Programme is a suite of regional engagement events that promote Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) objectives. They work with local stakeholders to create an event that addresses regional innovation priorities and workshops to help businesses learn more about the grants and innovation process.

Their objective is to reach out to local businesses and demonstrate the types and levels of support available. In addition, to inspire them to look at innovation in their business through the presentation and panel sessions.

The Programme is now in its 5th year and KTN has been a trusted delivery partner throughout this time, organising and delivering the Innovate Local events.

Attendance details

This event will take place online, and features a full-day programme. When registering, you are able to book your place for individual sessions rather than the full day, depending on your preference.

To find out more, and to register, visit the registration page here.