Digital

The Innovate UK Business Connect Digital team helps organisations interested in Digital innovation to access funding, expert knowledge and to make powerful and diverse connections.

Are you working on an innovation in the Digital sector? 

We can help you take the next step by connecting you with the right funding, people and expertise.

Our people have a deep expertise and work with businesses of all sizes, from start-ups and spin-outs, to  medium sized enterprises and big businesses.

Find out about Digital funding opportunities 

We’re on the frontline to help you find out about funding for the Digital sector. We share information about funding opportunities from government and organisations like Innovate UK. We also partner with organisations to deliver funding on their behalf to help solve key global challenges.

Make powerful connections to fast track your project 

You’ll be matched with the person in our team who is the most knowledgeable about your project. We have experts in cybersecurity, 5G, AI for services, digital economy and IOT.

We’ll identify partners best suited to your needs from our network of innovators, across sectors and technology areas.

By helping connect organisations and people across all sectors, we help shape the future and build a better and stronger innovation system.

Our current focus in this area

The only pre-seed accelerator programme in the cybersecurity ecosystem, CyberASAP (Cyber Security Academic Startup Accelerator Programme) plays a unique and vital role in supporting cyber security innovation and commercialisation.

Innovate UK Immersive Tech Network brings together industry, researchers and research organisations, the public sector, entrepreneurs, innovators and end-users to support the UK in becoming the global leader in applications of immersive technologies: high-end visualisation, virtual, mixed, and augmented reality, haptics and other sensory interfaces with data.

Helping the professional and financial service sectors to develop and use digital technologies.

5G is more than just another upgrade in the mobile telecoms landscape. 5G promises to become the underpinning technology for the entire global digital economy, capable of generating trillions of pounds of value.

Computing helps produce digital assets and software activity. These can be used by varied sectors such as transport, infrastructure, farming and life sciences.

The National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) definition of cyber security’s core function is to protect the devices we all use, and the services we access from theft or damage and preventing unauthorised access to personal information we store on these devices, and online.

The Digital Economy covers all business activity that’s enabled by digital technologies. This includes a wide range of activity across many sectors.

The digital health and care sub-sector is characterised by a large number of small companies developing technology across the health spectrum.

Digital manufacturing promises improved productivity, sustainability, resilience and the creation of high value jobs. The industrial digital technology (IDT) innovator seeking to make an impact in the physical world stands to benefit from the transformation of UK manufacturing.

What makes our modern lives relatively easy, interconnected and seamless is this seldom thought of, but very vital soft infrastructure – the electromagnetic spectrum.

IoT (Internet of Things) is all things data. It includes generating, catching, moving, processing data for insights/actions in increasingly automated and connected contexts. These technologies can unlock powerful business capabilities. IoT technology is often behind the words ‘smart’ or ‘digitisation’. It’s present in any and all sectors that use data associated with non-human assets (things).

Related Opportunities

DCMS Create Growth Fund Competition 3

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered micro, small or medium enterprises in the creative sector, in twelve specified regions of England, can apply for £10k-£30k for innovation projects to grow their business.

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New Innovators in digital technology, North East England

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5m for projects that grow their innovation activities in the digital technology cluster in North East England.

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New Innovators in immersive & creative, Coventry and Warwickshire

Opens: 07/05/2024 Closes: 19/06/2024

UK registered micro and small businesses can apply for a share of up to £1.5 million for projects that grow their innovation activities in the immersive and creative industries cluster centred on Coventry and Warwickshire in the West Midlands.

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Digital Supply Chain Hub: data governance, food emissions reporting, cybersecurity

Opens: 20/05/2024 Closes: 17/06/2024

Offering up to £150k/project for solutions in data governance, reporting and verification of food supply chain emissions, and cybersecurity vulnerability.

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Innovation Exchange challenge: Feasibility Study on Safe Urban Navigation for People in Vulnerable Situations

Opens: 11/06/2024 Closes: 01/08/2024

Supporting Cadent Gas and RNIB to develop the feasibility of exploiting data and digital technologies to help vulnerable customers to safely navigate the urban environment with temporary disruptions from construction and maintenance works.

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Global Business Innovation Programme in the USA, India and Japan - Future Telecoms

Opens: 06/06/2024 Closes: 24/07/2024

Innovate UK invites applications from innovative companies that are focused on solutions in future telecoms, to participate in a GBIP to the USA, India or Japan.

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