Join Innovate UK to meet experts who can help you to understand: 

  • what a connected, digital future means for your business
  • the latest £million funding opportunities from Innovate UK
  • how to write more successful funding bids
  • how Innovate UK can connect you to the knowledge and resources you need to succeed.

How will “Industry 4.0”, a connected, digital future impact your business?

Whether it’s agritech or medtech, energy or engineering, hospitals or factories, Innovate UK can help you understand and seize the opportunities.


9.30am Welcome – Plenary

  • What is today about? Introduction to Innovate UK, Howard Partridge, East of England, Regional Manager
  • Keynote opening address – Tim Whitley, BT

10am Innovation opportunities to grow your success, Sue Dunkerton, Director KTN

10.30am Breakout sessions

  • Life Sciences
    • Local Integrated Health and Care Records (LIHCR) and Digital Innovation Hubs (DIH) – National perspective and Innovate UK regional response – Prof Erika Denton, Associate Medical Director Norfolk & Norwich University Hospital
    • Smart Emerging Technologies Institute – Prof Gerard Parr, UEA
    • Data is Key! Public attitudes to accessing health  data for research – Mark Avery, Mark Avery Eastern Academic Health Science Network
  • Manufacturing
    • This session will be discussing improved connectivity for the materials and manufacturing landscape and what the productivity and diffusion agenda means for this sector in the region:
      • 4Manufacturing/KTN – Lampros Litos, Knowledge Transfer Network
      • Alice Reeve, Hethel
      • Chris Dungey, TWI Ltd
      • Innomech
      • Cambridge Cleantech
  • Winning funding for  your research and innovation – Masterclass
    • This workshop will outline what funding is available, who and what each programme is suitable  for, tips for presenting a strong case for funding and what help there is available to prepare your applications.
      • Liliya Serazetdinova, KTN
      • Roger Hetherington, EEN

12pm-1pm  Networking Lunc

1pm – Afternoon breakout sessions

  • Agri-tech
    • This session will explore the convergence of agri-food, health and med tech sectors in the region, discuss opportunities for businesses and academic organisations for translating technologies and knowledge from adjacent sectors into agri-tech, and point participants towards areas of innovation that uniquely exploit this convergence.
      • Extracting value from agri-food waste – Mark Stewart, Innovation Manager, AbSugar
      • Improving nutritional and health properties of wheat – Dr Brittany Hazard, Quadrum Institute JIC
      • Using diagnostics technologies to disease diagnostics in crops – Prof Jon West, Rothamsted Research
  • Digital
    • Digital and ICT session looks to not only showcase the strength of the digital sector in the East but also how the recent funding announcement and future technologies offer further opportunities for cross-fertilisation. The aim is to point businesses towards areas of innovation which have multiple opportunities.
      • Sue Hessey, Head of Experience Transformation, BT
      • Justin Paul, Marketing Director, Huawei Technologies
      • Neil Miles, CEO, Inasight
      • Matthew Martin, Managing Director, Immersive VR Ltd
  • Winning funding for your research and innovation – Masterclass
    • Another chance to understand innovation funding currently available including tips for presenting  a strong case for funding and what help there is available  to prepare your application
      • Funding is, almost universally, the key barrier preventing businesses from exploiting their research and innovation
      • Funding is available from European and UK government programmes but businesses typically find that the range of different programmes is confusing and it often seems impossible to actually get the funding needed
      • This workshop will outline what funding is available, who and what each programme  is suitable for, tips for presenting a strong case for funding and what help there is available to  prepare your applications

2.30pm – Networking break

3pm – Funding opportunities and support

Choose from:

  •  Innovation Loans
    •  Introducing Innovation Loans to help scale your business
      • Led by: Nigel Walker, Innovate UK
      • Hannah Smith, Anglia Capital Group
  • Meet the Family
    • Opportunity to have discussion with representatives from IUK, EEN, KTN
  • Innovation and internationalisation in an uncertain world
    • This session will give you the opportunity to raise your particular concerns about the challenges you face as a result of all this political and  economic uncertainty to a panel of representations from the region’s main business and innovation support services. This will also the panel members to demonstrate how the different agencies can demonstrate how the different agencies can support business chart their way through the choppy waters of international political and economic uncertainty.
      • Chaired by: Prof Mohamed Abdel-Maguid,  Dean of the School of Science, Technology & Engineering at University of Suffolk
      • Roger Hetherington, Senior Innovation Adviser, Enterprise Europe Network

To register your attendance at the FREE event please follow the link provided on the right hand side.