Human-centred design is for businesses of any size who are interested in early-stage innovation strategy. For start-ups, strategic design helps get brilliant ideas to the right market. For established businesses, it helps reposition or expand their offering.
Our current focus in this area
Empowering innovators to drive positive change through the power of design.
Design Foundations is aimed at helping businesses engage with customers, users, or wider stakeholders through early-stage, people and planet centred research to identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate more innovative products, services and business models.
Innovate UK Business Connect’s Innovation Canvas is designed to help you create value from innovation and identify the changes needed to make your idea succeed. It provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific project, identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what action to take.
Creative Catalyst 2024
Opens: 23/01/2024 Closes: 06/03/2024
UK registered micro or small businesses in the creative industries sector can apply for funding of up to £50,000 with a package of tailored support to grow their business.
Innovate UK Smart grants: January 2024
Opens: 18/01/2024 Closes: 24/04/2024
UK registered organisations can apply for a share of up to £25m for game-changing R&D that can significantly impact the UK economy.
Innovate UK innovation loans future economy: round 13
Opens: 11/01/2024 Closes: 06/03/2024
UK registered businesses can apply for loans for innovative projects with strong commercial potential to significantly improve the UK economy.
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Related Events and Recordings
Meet the Knowledge Transfer Manager in the Design and Innovation Effectiveness Team
Introducing Leanne Fowles, a Knowledge Transfer Manager (KTM) at Innovate UK KTN with a specialisation in Data Visualisation.
Ignite Lab Series Wrap Up: Designing out waste in a circular textile industry
In the Autumn, the Design Team at Innovate UK KTN launched its inaugural Ignite Lab focusing on Sustainable Textiles and Circular Systems in the north of England. The event series, which included on-site visits and online sessions, aimed to connect businesses looking to innovate with design knowledge and expertise, providing diverse opportunities to learn and engage.