4 reasons to attend your local ICAN event in Bournemouth

Posted on: 14/12/2018

ICAN stands for Innovation, Commercialisation And Networking. This event is all about turning your innovative idea into a commercial success.


ICAN is organised by Innovate UK, Bournemouth University, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN), on Wednesday 30th January at Bournemouth University.

If you are working on an innovative idea, this event is for you. But why should you invest a full day of your time to attend this event? Read on to find out 4 reasons that will get you to hit the register button!


Find out about funding opportunities

Whether you are an individual with an innovative idea, a start-up, an established SME or a much bigger organisation, chances are there is some funding available for you in the UK. The UK wants to support people with innovative ideas and has so many funding opportunities for people like you. By coming to the ICAN event, you are saving hours of online search as we will be telling you all about funding opportunities that are suitable for you. The best part is that unlike when you are staring at a computer screen, you will get answers to your questions straight away.


Get inspired

It’s great to find out about practical information like funding but sometimes, what you need is a good dose of inspiration to pull you through. Dave Jones, principal engineer at Dyson, will be there on the day to do just that. Share his innovation journey and inspire you. There will also be a speaker from a local SME who will speak about what it’s like to be innovative.


Make connections

With over 100 people attending, chances of meeting someone who can help you on your journey are high. You will meet people who work in the same industry as you and are in a similar place on their journey, and also people who are in a completely different place. It is an opportunity to learn from others and also to share your knowledge. As this is a local event, people you will meet will all be from your area.


Practical workshops

You will get a choice of workshops in the afternoon, over several sessions. This means that you can pick the workshops that are most relevant to you. Here is an overview of what the workshops will cover:

  • Practical tips to write an application for funding.
  • An introduction to Innovate 2 Succeed (I2S), a programme that offers mentoring for SMEs.
  • Information about Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP), a scheme that links businesses with an academic or research organisation and a graduate to help them innovate and grow.
  • Information about 4Manufacturing, a really clever tool manufacturers to deploy digital technologies.
  • Practical information on how you can take your idea to the next level by collaborating with universities.

If you are ready to find out about funding for your idea, get inspired, make connections and learn, make sure you get to this event. Places are free but limited, so click here to book now.

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