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Partnerships That Drive Innovation

University of Glasgow

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

Partnerships That Drive Innovation

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Type End Quantity
Partnerships That Drive Innovation - Industry/Company   more info Ended Free  
Partnerships That Drive Innovation - Academia/Associated Ended Free  
Partnerships That Drive Innovation - Third sector Ended Free  

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Build better partnerships. Win more funding. Deliver Innovation.

Innovative products, services and business models often come from Innovative partnerships. But what defines those partnerships that can turn invention into reality and then into income? They need a great idea, but they need more than that. Technology can enable new products or services but their commercial success or failure depends on demand. Innovation is a process rather than a eureka moment and innovative partnerships are those that are able to capture the innovation process and provide foresight to future market possibilities – they can see the demand, or lack of it. By chance or design, these partnerships seem to follow what is known as ‘design process methodologies’.  

Innovate UK recognise the importance of design process in driving innovation. They estimate £1 design leads to £20 extra revenue. This isn’t about styling or aesthetics. It’s a methodology that can be applied to create better products, better funding applications and more revenue.

This workshop will enable attendees to build better partnerships that are able to win Innovate UK funding.

The workshop we will explore design process theory, practical application of design theory and how to embed this within a partnership. Companies and academics will hear from thought leaders on design process, innovation funders and case studies of companies who have benefited from adopting design process into their innovation. Attendees will be given clear next steps in how they can adopt design process into their innovation/R&D plans and grant applications.

This workshop is aimed at companies across all technology sectors who want to innovate more productively and who want to build partnerships that yield more. The workshop will also appeal to academics who want to build partnerships with industry that will effectively translate their inventions to the market. This workshop will have broad applicability but will be orientated towards Innovate UK funding. 

 Confirmed speakers include 

Innovate UK (Ben Griffin Innovation Lead, Design), Knowledge Transfer Network (Kezia Williamson - Knowledge Transfer Manager, Access to Funding & Finance, Ed Hobson Knowledge Transfer Manager, Design & Innovation), Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow (Nuran Acur, Senior Lecturer in Innovation and Technology Strategy ), Glasgow School of Art (Iain Aitchison - Programme Director, Institute of Design Innovation), Filament PD


The Knowledge Transfer Network is the UK’s innovation network. We bring together business, entrepreneurs, academics and funders to develop new products, processes and services.
We can help you develop ideas, expertise and technologies, that have the potential to be world-beating products. Central to what we do is the initiation and building of collaborations.



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This is an official Feeder Event for Venturefest Scotland 2017 - Scotland's Innovation Summit

Have questions about Partnerships That Drive Innovation? Contact University of Glasgow

When & Where

Senate Room
Main Building
University of Glasgow
G12 8QQ Glasgow
United Kingdom

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM (BST)

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