Innovate Local Crawley & West Sussex

Inspiring future innovation leaders. Investing in sustainable innovation across West Sussex & beyond

Event Details


09.00 - 17.30


Hawth Theatre, Crawley
The Hawth, Hawth Avenue, Crawley
RH10 6YZ

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What funding and investment do you need to develop your ideas and grow your business? Join this free one day event and be inspired by business innovators who have received support to supercharge their ideas across West Sussex and beyond.

The event will showcase the strengths across the innovation ecosystem and connect ambitious businesses with individuals and organisations who can provide support for innovation and growth. There will be interactive panels and workshops to inspire and signpost you to innovation support available from Innovate UK and local partners.

Discover the exciting opportunities to be launched at the Crawley Innovation Centre and how the Sussex and Surrey Institute of Technology will provide the skills to support innovation. Learn how Innovate UK can fund your innovation; how Catapults and the region’s universities can power-up your ideas with access to state of the art facilities and expert knowledge. Find out how Innovate UK Edge advisors can help you form new partnerships for collaborative R&D projects.

We can connect you to people and to sources of advice on starting or scaling up, employment, international trade and winning investment, whether from us or other sources. All you need is the idea; we’ll help you piece the rest of the puzzle together.

You’ll hear from some of the local businesses that have benefited from working with us, people whose ideas are now successful products and services. This includes the key growth sectors of clean technologies, mobility and aviation, digital and advanced engineering.

You’ll learn from individuals whose innovation potential has been nurtured to succeed through programmes such as Young Innovators and Women in Innovation.

We’ll explain the latest opportunities for funding and finance that are available, how to write a grant application with impact. You can also book 121 sessions with an IUK-Edge expert for advice on how to scale up your idea

Afternoon workshops will enable businesses to explore their own innovation opportunities through participation in workshops on Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Grant Applications, and the Innovation Canvas.

This is an in-person event and we look forward to seeing you there.

Why Attend?

Whether you are starting or scaling your ideas-driven business, you should attend Innovate Local Crawley and West Sussex to get the help you need to grow your business and to:

  • Develop your new idea
  • Access new funding and investment opportunities
  • Access networks and meet new partners
  • Hear from successful businesses and their growth journey

Event Partners

The programme includes representatives of Innovate UK, Innovate UK Edge and Innovate UK KTN together with representatives from regional stakeholders including the universities of Brighton and Sussex, Coast to Capital Growth Hub, Crawley Borough Council, and West Sussex County Council.


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