15 August 2016
The KEI fund is designed to encourage collaboration between Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and the University of Derby. The University is looking to support SMEs to become more innovative and realise their growth ambitions. Part funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the KEI fund will enable businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through utilising the knowledge, technology and skills of the University of Derby.
Applications for KEI projects are welcomed from SMEs across a wide range of industries and sectors.
Please note that the KEI fund is only open to Small Medium sized Enterprises (SMEs) in the D2N2 (Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham & Nottinghamshire) area.
1.Are you an SME in the D2N2 area looking to collaborate with a University?
2.Have you got an innovative idea which you would like to develop?
3.Are you interested in employing a recent graduate to deliver an innovation project?
4.Do you already have access to funds for some of the project costs?
If so, you may qualify for KEI funding.
Each KEI project will consist of 3 key component parts: 1. The Business, 2. The Graduate (Affiliate), 3. The University (academic).
Projects will need to include a sound business rationale, detailing why the project is innovative and what impact the KEI project is going to have in terms of business growth and expansion. For the purposes of the KEI fund, innovation is the successful development and introduction of new ideas – not just for science and technology but for all new products, new services, new ways of running business, new ways of doing business.
For further information on how to apply and to discuss potential projects, please contact Paul Moss, Knowledge Exchange for Innovation Manager on 01332 593394 or firstname.lastname@example.org
For more Innovation support in the D2N2 area - please see our Innovation and New Products page : http://www.d2n2growthhub.co.uk/growing-your-business/21/innovation-and-new-products
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