Ignite Labs provides a dynamic space for UK innovators to stay ahead of the curve. Our programme offers insights, tools, and connections that help you navigate and succeed in the ever-evolving economy of tomorrow.
About Ignite Labs
Recent studies have shown that businesses that utilise effective design practices outperform their peers by as much as 200%. Ignite Labs, a new initiative from Innovate UK, has been established to help UK businesses embed better design practices within their operations and their offerings.
Each Ignite Lab series will take a cohort of up to 50 delegates from a range of UK companies on a journey that will enable them to incorporate design thinking and practices early in their innovation process, and keep them there.
The Labs are designed to tackle the fundamental challenge of market failure of innovation projects, by inspiring those early in their innovation journey with state-of-the-art applications and key design methodologies.
Our Labs consist of a series of interactive workshops, webinars, and networking events, each culminating in facilitated innovation workshops with the intention to support delegates in creating a comprehensive project plan for their business.
What are the goals of Ignite Labs?
The Ignite Labs series is a transformative programme designed to help UK businesses achieve their goals. With Ignite Labs, you can implement design thinking practices earlier in the innovation process, understand business challenges and opportunities, build an innovative and collaborative ecosystem, and access funding and collaborations for innovation projects.
Through interactive workshops, webinars, and innovation workshops, you will gain access to experts in the field and cross-pollinate ideas, practices, and problem-solving techniques. Ignite Labs is a game-changer for UK businesses, helping you stay ahead of the curve and maintain the UK’s position as an innovation superpower.
Learn more about our event series
IGNITE LABS x BRIDGEAI
Implementation of AI
Join us for the second Lab, an inspiring journey of discovery, learning, and growth, as we explore how AI can revolutionise your business and transform the way you work. Ignite Labs x BridgeAI will provide you with the tools, resources, and expert guidance you need to explore how and when to use AI in your business.
IGNITE LABS 2022
Sustainable Textiles and Circular Economy
The first Lab aimed to help UK textile businesses meet Net Zero goals while also achieving sustainable growth by provoking in-depth conversations and new insights around opportunities for design to stimulate new thinking around new business models, circular systems, and servitization across the UK textile industry.
How can Ignite Labs help you?
Our innovation workshops will be facilitated by some of the best design and innovation agencies in the UK. You will be given take-home tools that you can use to implement these processes independently and up-skill your colleagues.
Through webinars, panel events, and site visits, you will have the opportunity to hear from experts in different areas of the ever-evolving economy. Learn about resources, tools, and programmes that can help them navigate new areas within your business.
Have the chance to meet and chat with organisations that are creating, using, and supporting the latest advances in digital technology, sustainability, and other aspects of the evolving business landscape.
Be able to witness innovation in action during site visits.
Be part of a cohort of like-minded innovators, building connections, hearing diverse perspectives, and benefitting from cross-pollination of ideas, practices, and challenges.
Be sign-posted to funding opportunities and identify opportunities for collaboration within your cohort and with the organisations supporting the Ignite Labs programme.
"Fantastic to be involved in and meet new people within the industry and share ideas."
— Johnathon Pickard
"I found the experiences, not only, educational, engaging but also the opportunities to interactively engage with others in small groups added further value."
— Noris Rosario
Related Events and Recordings
Ignite Lab Series Wrap Up: Designing out waste in a circular textile industry
In the Autumn, the Design Team at Innovate UK KTN launched its inaugural Ignite Lab focusing on Sustainable Textiles and Circular Systems in the north of England. The event series, which included on-site visits and online sessions, aimed to connect businesses looking to innovate with design knowledge and expertise, providing diverse opportunities to learn and engage.
The journey to designing a world-first servitization technology
The Design Innovation Network team met with Advanced Services Group to discuss technological innovation and the importance of design for servitization.
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Join the cohort for Ignite Labs x BridgeAI
AI solutions are helping companies from all over the UK to run their businesses more efficiently, profitably and sustainably. However, without the right tools, resources and processes this can be a difficult journey to start. Ignite Lab 2 will take businesses working in agriculture, construction, creative industries and transport on a journey of AI understanding, exploration and innovation.