Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.
We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.
We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D. Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.
Innovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government.
Innovate UK is supporting businesses involved in the Energy Catalyst programme with opportunities for business up-skilling in partnership with Cambridge Judge Business School through the Ignite 2019 course.
CaixaBank is the leading retail bank in Spain and has promoted the Entrepreneur XXI Awards since 2007. This prestigious national competition aims to identify, recognise and promote the growth of the best young, innovative companies in Spain and in Portugal. Since its creation, 289 companies have received economic awards, international networking and training activities. CaixaBank has provided financial support for up to 20 places on the Ignite programme on an annual basis. The places are awarded as part of a package of prizes and incentives to the regional winners of this Spanish and Portuguese entrepreneurial competition on the basis of their fit with the programme as well as the innovativeness and growth potential of their enterprise ideas.
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC)
Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council (BIRAC) is a ‘Not-for-Profit Company’ of the Government of India, and has been set up as Department of Biotechnology’s interface agency, which serves as a single window for the emerging biotech industries. The primary focus of BIRAC is to foster entrepreneurship, support innovative start-ups, SMEs and catalyse affordable product development in the biotechnology realm of India. BIRAC is a new industry-academia interface and it implements its mandate through a wide range of impact initiatives, be it providing access to risk capital through targeted funding, technology transfer, IP management and hand-holding schemes that help bring innovation excellence to the biotech firms and make them globally competitive.
OPdA (Office of Postdoctoral Affairs)
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) was established in 2013 as the lead University organisation relating to the postdoctoral community. This was a recognition of the vital and growing significance of postdoctoral staff to the University’s success – and part of major commitments that the University has made to postdoc support.
With its unique overview of the postdoctoral community in Cambridge and beyond, the role of the OPdA is to enable each individual postdoc to realise their potential in their own ambitions and in contributing to the University and society as a whole. There are just over 4,000 postdoctoral researchers working in Cambridge. OPdA works with a range of Cambridge and international stakeholders to help postdoctoral researchers realise their potential in their own ambitions and in contributing to the University and society as a whole.
Postdocs 2 Innovators (p2i) Consortium
The Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPdA) leads the postdocs 2 innovators (p2i) consortium, which consists of five European Higher Education Institutes and four global businesses. The consortium offers opportunities for postdocs from the p2i partners to connect and engage in programmes to develop an entrepreneurial mindset and gain key skills they can use to pursue careers that will be personally and professionally meaningful both within and outside of academia.
The European consortium offers an international dimension – postdocs are a highly mobile workforce and these collaborations bring cohorts together from different countries, providing a flavour of different entrepreneurial ecosystems. p2i supports the participation of a number of postdocs from across the partnership in Cambridge Judge Business School’s Ignite programme as well as the School’s Venture Creation Weekends.
PEAK Enterprise and Innovation Programme (PEAK)
PEAK Enterprise and Innovation Programme (PEAK) is a four-year project funded by UK Aid from the United Kingdom Government and implemented by DAI, an international development company operating in over 80 countries.
PEAK works with startups and micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) in Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan in Central Asia to guide them in transforming their ideas and products into viable businesses, or in scaling their existing businesses nationally and to regional and international markets.
PEAK offers high-quality business development and advisory services and acceleration and other programmes, virtually and in physical business innovation centres, which aim to increase the innovation and growth capacity of startups and MSMEs. PEAK additionally supports its startup and MSME clients to raise finance from local financial institutions or local and international investors.
PEAK additionally provides a range of business advisory services to MSMEs, in topics ranging from business registration, business strategy and planning, marketing and sales, finance and investment, and quality management, among others.
PEAK’s ultimate goal is to sustain and create jobs, apply good and innovative business practices, and create life-changing opportunities for local entrepreneurs.