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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Challenges delivered


Challenges delivered

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Business collaborations

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Applicants supported

Contracts generated


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: Implementing a programme of accessible and sustainable MaaS journey planning tools in Scotland
Supporting Tactran and SEStran to develop Mobility as a Service (MaaS) solutions that promote sustainable car use and provide efficient, personalised travel experiences.
29 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Measuring Atmospheric Stability through Measurements of Temperature, Humidity and Pressure in Remote Marine Locations
Innovation Exchange seeks to identify innovative solutions for measuring atmospheric stability in remote marine locations.
69 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Sustainable, aesthetically pleasing, readily configurable structural elements
Supporting the UK arm of a major blue-chip international organisation to identify sustainable materials and manufacturers to existing traditional materials within outdoor exposure structures.
18 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Protective coating of NdFeB sintered magnets
HyProMag is looking to use Open Innovation to develop protective coating solutions for sintered neodymium-iron-boron (NdFeB) magnets.
33 days left to apply
Innovation Exchange challenge: Underground Tunnelling Techniques
Innovation Exchange seeks innovative solutions for discreetly producing underground pathways in hostile and constrained subterranean environments.
33 days left to apply
Reimagining Materials and Manufacturing Innovation Exchange
Seeking small, medium and large companies with Materials and Manufacturing technical innovation challenges: up to £25k of funding available for successful solution providers.
9 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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