Innovation Loans Applicant Briefing - Round 9

Find out more about Innovate UK’s Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition for SME businesses looking for finance for late stage research and development.

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13.30 - 15.30



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This is the ninth round in a series of competitions, where loans of between £100k and £2m are available to fund late-stage research and development projects for SME’s who have a clear route to commercialisation and who are suitable to take on the significant financial commitment of a loan.

Round 9 opened on Thursday 11 May 2023 and close at 11AM on Wednesday 12 July 2023. Click here for details of the available funding.

To find out more, watch our applicant briefing webinar, recorded on Wednesday 17 May 2023. This webinar will explore background information to the Innovation Loans, including the application process (both from the project and financial aspects), the assessment process and the approach to the credit decision making process.

Please view our previously recorded webinars on creating a strong project application, and requirements for the business and financial submissions. As with previous rounds, this applicant briefing webinar will be recorded.

Deep dive workshops

Applicants in this round will also have the opportunity to join an online financial submission ‘deep dive’ workshop, covering some of the most important financial aspects of suitability for a loan. Places in these workshops will be limited, to allow group discussion with our team. Information for registration for these workshops is set out on a separate page after registration for the applicant briefing webinar.

Participate in an online ‘deep dive’ workshop for the financial submission for Innovate UK’s Innovation Loans Future Economy Competition.

Click here to book a place on one of the workshops (if you registered for the above webinar and booked a workshop place already, you do not need to rebook).

The business and financial submission is a critical part of the application loan in the future economy innovation loans programme. We will be holding ‘deep dive’ workshops to enable applicants to consider how an innovation loan may fit within their funding strategy for growth at scale through innovation and to engage with members of the innovation loans team and other applicants. The online workshops will have a maximum of 30 participants to promote engagement and discussion.

Each workshop will focus on the three areas of the financial submission where we have frequently seen applicants struggle to evidence their suitability for an innovation loan:

  • Presenting credible forecasts for future revenues and costs
  • Demonstrating effective management of liquidity and working capital
  • Evidencing adequate capitalisation

The workshop agenda will cover:

  • Highlighting the three core ‘problem areas’ seen across many previous unsuccessful applications, with anonymised examples
  • Breakout discussions in groups, led by a member of the innovation loans team, to enable participants to take a ‘deep dive’ into one of the core areas
  • Reflecting on the ‘deep dive’ discussions

The workshop will last 90 minutes and will be carried out through an interactive Zoom meeting. Since there will be a limited number of participants at each workshop, we will repeat the workshops three times during May and June.

These workshops will not repeat the information provided in the applicant briefing webinar (which provides an overview of the future economy innovation loans programme and detailed information about the application process) or in the recorded financial submission webinar (which focuses on the mechanics of completion of the business and financial submission, especially the mandatory financial spreadsheet). We expect all participants at the ‘deep dive’ workshops to have already reviewed the content of these webinars (as well as the recorded webinar on completing a good project application). Please click here to find these recordings. These ‘deep dive’ workshops will replace the ‘credit drop-in’ sessions that we have run in earlier rounds of the programme. These ‘deep dive’ workshops will not be recorded, so that participants can discuss their funding strategies freely.

Prior registration is mandatory for these workshops and applicants will only be permitted to register one participant at one workshop. Since each applicant will only be permitted one participant, we recommend that this should be the Chief Financial Officer or another member of the Board or Senior Leadership team with responsibility for developing the funding strategy for growth through innovation of the business.

Deep dive workshop 1: Wednesday 24th May from 10am to 11:30am

Deep dive workshop 2: Monday 5th June from 2pm to 3:30pm

Deep dive workshop 3: Wednesday 14th June from 1pm to 2:30pm


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