New innovative projects funded in Liverpool City Region

Grants of between £93,000 and £496,000 have been offered to 13 Liverpool City Region projects in the final round of Innovate UK’s launchpad programme, designed to drive innovation across all parts of the UK.

Posted on: 08/11/2023

Liverpool City Region projects, secure £2.1 million from the second round of Innovate UK’s Launchpad programme

Innovate UK selected Liverpool City Region, as well as Tees Valley, as the two areas to pilot the Launchpad programme which over two rounds has now offered £7.5 million of grants to 37 locally based projects.

Launched in September last year, the programme in Liverpool focusses on developing innovations to transform the city region’s advanced manufacturing cluster, with an emphasis on digital technologies and Net Zero outcomes.

Innovate UK CEO Indro Mukerjee joined Liverpool City Region Mayor Steve Rotheram to announce the latest projects today at an event in St Helens to celebrate the first year of a landmark partnership between the city region and the UK’s innovation agency.

Innovate UK is building strong regional partnerships across the UK to support local innovation and commercialisation. The Innovate UK team and I are pleased to collaborate with Mayor Steve Rotheram and the Liverpool City Region team to support economic growth and productivity . The Innovate UK launchpad programme, and our other partnership activities, continues to strongly contribute to boosting business-led innovation across the region.

Innovate UK CEO Indro Mukerjee

Latest Launchpad projects

  • Sci-Tech Daresbury campus based Evove Ltd who have been awarded just under £500,000 to develop and manufacture products to make water filtration less energy intensive. Membrane filtration is used for desalination and other purposes and the global market is worth £25 billion. The project promises to bring high value manufacturing jobs and export opportunities to the city region.
  • Sci-Tech Daresbury campus based Addhere Technologies which will develop the innovative manufacture of bracelets that help diagnose Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
  • Wirral-based GT Green Technologies who were awarded funding for a project to bring wind power back into commercial shipping. Their trademarked Air Wing propulsion system has the potential to help reduce carbon footprint of global shipping and help LCR Freeport towards its Net Zero targets.
  • Liverpool-based Fusion Implants Ltd which will develop digital treatments for dogs with elbow disease, including manufacturing 3D implants.
  • BossIt were funded to develop a new structural construction system that turns recycled plastic and non-recyclable textiles into a composite building block.

If centuries of being at the helm of generation-defining discoveries and ingenious inventions has taught us anything – it’s that innovation is in our DNA. We’re fortunate to be home to an abundance of talented and creative individuals who shape our region’s reputation as a hotbed for creativity and it’s a testament to their talents that we were chosen as a Launchpad by Innovate UK”.

“We’re using this second round of investment to our advantage by providing some of the most pioneering local projects with ambitious funding to take their business to the next level and provide secure, well-paid jobs. We might already be home to a thriving innovation economy – but I’m not content with resting on our laurels. If we want to become the UK’s next science and innovation superpower, then we need to think bigger and better than the rest.

Steve Rotheram, Mayor of the Liverpool City Region
For more information on the funded projects in Liverpool City Region or the Launchpad programme, please contact the Place team.

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