Co-Innovate is an innovation support programme for London-based SMEs, entrepreneurs and start-ups as part of Brunel University, London. They connect SMEs to academic expertise, innovation specialists and knowledge resources within Brunel to support new product or service innovation. They are hosting a series of events in the month in May-June for targeting businesses.

  1. UN-PACK-ATHON

Bring your packaging along and get advice from leading industry experts about how to design innovative and sustainable packaging, reduce waste and protect your intellectual property. The session is lead by Professor Rob Holdway, innovation, design and Life Cycle Analysis expert, Dr. Hayleigh Bosher, Senior Lecturer in Intellectual Property Law and Associate Dean at Brunel University, and Marta Siera, 4iP Council, Marketing and Communications Coordinator at 4iP Council. Register here

2. CO-INNOVATE JOUNERYS – INNOVATE TO GROW

Dates: 15th May – 20 June

Venue: Goldsmiths, University of London

Are you running a London based small business and need inspiration and guidance to grow? Co-Innovate has appointed Goldsmiths, University of London to run two days’ workshop on Growing Your Business and on Product and Service Innovation. Check out more details here

3. Marketing Sparks – Series of Online Workshops

An exciting new programme of online sessions, designed to help you improve your marketing. Delivered by award-winning business coaches,

Key areas includes:

* Marketing strategy

* Digital marketing

* Public relations

Learn more and Register here.

 

WLB member Libra Careers are offering London based businesses the opportunity to work with and develop some of the world’s most elite and versatile graduates actively seeking opportunities to grow within a more agile environment in London.

After another successful cohort in which 24 candidates were selected from a group of over 1,000 applicants from some of the UK’s top universities, the programme has gone from strength to strength since its inception in 2022.

Libra Careers provide a business-ready pool of some of the world’s most impressive graduates and young professionals for local businesses to employ.

Every six weeks, Libra select and qualify candidates, and invite them to take part in an intensive 25-hour training course. Candidates then come onsite to their Fulham office and take part in seminars in which they interact with fellow peers and some of the clients Libra are currently working with.

The service focuses on a ‘hire-train-and-retain’ model. The purpose of the course is to equip participants with the fundamentals of contributing positively to a successful ground up operation. Each candidate will be allocated a mentor by Libra for 6-months to make the introduction as seamless as possible.

Currently hiring for Generalist, Operations, Marketing, Business Development and Data roles, the Libra Careers team are happy to tailor your search for your specific needs.

All of this is available at a flat rate to compete with traditional recruitment agencies. West London Business members will receive further discount. We have our next cohort running on 22nd June and West London Business Network members can advertise any roles in our brochure at zero cost.

For more information reach out to info@libracareers.co.uk


London West Innovation Network is excited to share some open funding opportunities available for businesses out there.

Net Zero living digital accelerator round one

Closing Date: 7th June 11 am

The aim of this competition is to support ambitious, early stage digital focussed businesses in developing and delivering net zero in relation to challenges based on place. This must be done through data driven digital applications and by collaborating with potential customers and product users.

By accelerating their journey, the aim is to create high growth businesses that will drive forwards digitalisation across the UK and globally in Net Zero sectors, creating jobs, growing a customer base and delivering customer value.

Your proposal must focus on two or more net zero challenges across:

  • power
  • heat
  • mobility
  • product manufacture and usage

Total Fund: £1,500,000 – Your project’s total grant funding request must be between £150,000 and £300,000. Apply here.

Advancing precision medicine: round two

Closing Date: 28th June 11am

Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, will invest up to £20 million, over two rounds of this competition, in industry-led collaborative R&D innovation projects. Up to £10 million has been allocated to this round of the competition.

The competition will fund projects aiming to develop digital and data-enabled tools as well as multi-modal approaches for more accurate diagnosis and treatment stratification.

The aim of this competition is to award innovation projects that focus on novel digital and data-enabled tools to:

  • more accurately diagnose conditions and stratify patients to the most appropriate treatments
  • increase the application of integrated and multi-modal approaches to determine risk and diagnosis and to predict prognostic outcomes

Your proposal must demonstrate how it addresses an unmet clinical need or responds to NHS demand signalling. Apply here.

Round 2: a focus on oncology, musculoskeletal and cardiovascular disease, and other chronic conditions

Total Fund: £20m – Your project’s total costs must be between £500,000 and £1 million.

Innovation loans future economy competition: round nine

Closing Date: 7th July, 11 am.

Innovate UK is offering up to £25 million in loans to micro, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage research and development (R&D) projects with the best potential for the future. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Your project must lead to innovative new products, processes or services that are significantly ahead of others currently available, or propose an innovative use of existing products, processes or services. It can also involve a new or innovative business model.

Your project must focus on one or more of the future economy areas included in the Innovate UK plan for action.

You must be able to show that you:

  • need public funding
  • can cover interest payments
  • will be able to repay the loan on time

Total Fund: £25,000,000 – Loans can be between £100,000 and £2 million. Apply here.

Upstream is hosting their first Social Impact Fair, where one will have the opportunity to learn about and connect with charities and other organisations making meaningful change in our community.Upstream is a partnership between Hammersmith & Fulham Council and Imperial College London, a result of an Industrial Strategy co-produced by the two organisations. They have been connecting, supporting and shining a light on the science, tech and creative sectors since 2018.

The Social Impact Fair is happening at two locations, on different dates, so pick the one that suits you! Throughout the day, you’ll have the chance to talk with representatives from local charities and community groups and discuss how you and your organisation can support them.

Whether you’re looking to volunteer, donate, or simply learn more making a difference locally, the Social Impact Fair is the perfect opportunity to get involved and connect with others who share your passion for creating positive change.

Grab your Free Tickets here: 16th May23rd May 

Social Impact Fair ( White City)

Date: 16th May, 12 – 4 pm

Venue: Imperial College White City Campus I-Hub, Map

Social Impact Fair (Hammersmith)

Date: 23rd May, 12 – 4 pm

Venue: 245 Hammersmith, Map

 

Business leaders and Borough representatives will come together on Tuesday, the 16th of May for a one-off free webinar organised by LWIN to provide tips and tricks to SMEs on growing and expanding your business by throwing light on the different opportunities in the supply chain and customer landscape in public and private domains.

The webinar, Growing your Business: Finding New Markets, Partnerships and Expanding your Customer Base,  will happen online via Zoom and is scheduled for Tuesday, the 16th of May from 10:00 – 12:00 pm. The session is chaired by Heathrow and the panel includes speakers from Heathrow, AWS, Fujitsu and the London Borough of Hounslow.

The session will provide you with:

  • Best practices on networking and building partnerships to access new supply chains linked and expand your customer base.
  • Insights on popular avenues to identify and engage with public and private sector tendering opportunities.
  • An overview of how best to demonstrate your capabilities and competitiveness, to secure right contracts and contacts.

Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business, and Co-chair of LWIN, will also be speaking at the online event, and explains:

“The London West Innovation Network is proud to be able to bring this incredible line-up of speakers together at this free event to assist the growth of London startups and SME’s in these challenging times.  LWIN’s focus is on the long-term success of London’s businesses, so this event is a fantastic way to support and galvanise the type of businesses that are the lifeblood of our capital city.”

Know more about the webinar and book your free place here.