Innovation Exchange

Innovate UK Innovation Exchange (iX) fast-tracks knowledge transfer nationwide by matching industry challenges with trailblazing companies across different sectors. Our network accelerates innovation through connection and collaboration.

Knowledge exchange is the key to transformative innovation

Through our extensive and diverse network, our sector experts act as a matchmaker, facilitating the transfer of innovative solutions. We bridge the gap between the challenges faced by industry and the trailblazing companies and innovators already innovating towards solutions.

Our secret? A distinctive cross-sector capability that taps into the power of collaboration, offering unique technical solutions sourced from a variety of industries beyond your usual sector supply chains.

Discover the gateway to resolving real technical challenges

  • Exclusive access to a vast network of solution providers;
  • The power to execute projects swiftly and seamlessly;
  • A personalised, transparent filtering service that consistently delivers real and impactful results.

Explore the potential benefits of cross-sector collaborations

Our past projects to delve into the challenges faced by the holders and get a better understanding of our tailored process, connecting them with solution providers, and the great impact generated.

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Impact figures

Challenges delivered

180

Challenges delivered

Business collaborations

928

Business collaborations

Applicants supported

2,045

Applicants supported

Contracts generated

65

Contracts generated

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You’ll access solutions for your challenges from beyond your current reach, tapping into a new provider network, and enabling faster, more efficient project deliveries through a customised and transparent selection process.

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You are a potential solution provider

You’ll gain access to new markets and specialised expertise, enabling faster market entry or new collaborations elevating the visibility of your innovation, nurturing a strong brand reputation, and driving increased revenue streams.

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Funding opportunities

Innovation Exchange challenge: Feasibility Study on Safe Urban Navigation for People in Vulnerable Situations
Supporting Cadent Gas and RNIB to develop data and digital tech to help vulnerable people to navigate urban environments with temporary disruptions.
41 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Sustainable materials in modular outdoor structures
Supporting the UK arm of a major blue-chip international organisation to identify sustainable materials and manufacturers for outdoor exposure structures.
40 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Sustainable structures to replace precast concrete
Supporting the UK arm of a major blue-chip international organisation to identify sustainable materials and manufacturers to replace existing precast concrete components.
41 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Remotely Operated, Quick Release Mooring Line Tensioners
The Innovation Exchange is working to identify innovative solutions for remotely operated quick release mechanisms for floating offshore wind turbine mooring systems.
7 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Solutions for the Anchor Monitoring, Focussing on Anchor Slippage
The Innovation Exchange is working to identify innovative solutions for monitoring anchor movement and slippage on floating offshore wind turbines.
7 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Avoiding Injury due to Manual Handling during Bolt Installation
G+ are seeking solutions to improve health and safety in heavy lifting and manual handling for bolt fixing activities in offshore wind.
40 days left to apply

Discover our latest challenges on the Innovation Exchange platform

Innovation Exchange (iX) is an exclusive Innovate UK programme designed to connect businesses with cutting-edge solutions to their challenges, delivered at an accelerated pace.

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