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Innovate UK to drop into Nottingham to launch new support programme for tech and digital enterprises

Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency and the Knowledge Transfer Network are bringing their Digital Drop-in format to Nottingham to provide a rare opportunity for digital tech-based businesses to meet innovation advisers and access a range of business support, thanks to The Big House Project, part funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The event is the first in the new series of Elevator Tech workshops, designed to support digital and technology-based businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The event is the first in the new series of Elevator Tech workshops, designed to support digital and technology-based businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

The Digital Business Drop-in is being held event at Broadway Cinema 19 April 2018, is the first of its kind in the East Midlands bringing together the Innovate UK family, including Digital Catapult and Knowledge Transfer Network.

With the opportunity to meet 1-2-1 with innovation advisers, it offers tech businesses the chance to understand more about support available from organisations supporting UK-based digital businesses.

Andy Curtis, Knowledge Transfer Network Manager for the Digital Economy, will be facilitating the event and bringing along a series of special guests.

He said: “This is an excellent opportunity for businesses who are looking to exploit technology to grow or accelerate the development of their digital ideas. Each business is unique and will experience different challenges in bringing their technologies, platforms, solutions and products to market. The Digital Drop in session will help with businesses access support for innovation, understand investment and funding options and make connections with people who can really take their digital business to the next level.”

The session kicks off a new programme of tech-focused business events from The Big House partner, Nottingham Trent University.

The latest Elevator series is a programme of workshops designed to support tech businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.

Running from April to October 2018, workshops will cover protecting and commercialising your intellectual property, embedding innovation in your business, trading internationally and an investment readiness mini-series for those seeking finance.

“We are really excited about this opportunity to bring Innovate UK to Nottingham and launching our Elevator Tech series. The Digital Drop-in presents an unrivalled opportunity for ambitious tech start ups and established businesses in the region to take their idea to the next stage, by networking with peers and experts alike. Those who register early will also get the chance to deliver a three minute elevator pitch to showcase their business.”

Kate Ling, Business Growth Coordinator, at Nottingham Business School

The Digital Business Drop-in event is taking place from 9.30am to 3pm at Broadway Cinema on 19 April 2018. Demand is expected to be high, so it is recommended that businesses register in advance on Eventbrite or via

For full details of the Elevator Tech Series, other events and free business support available to businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire through The Big House project, visit

  • Notes for editors

    The Big House

    Supported by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), The Big House project, provides free support for Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire-based creative and digital businesses.

    From developing potential business ideas, nurturing start-ups and new entrepreneurs, to working with established business wanting to grow, our partner network provides specialist support. You can access grants, 1-2-1 mentoring, networking events and workshops to help build contacts, skills and knowledge to succeed. #TheBigHouse #ERDF

    Nottingham Trent University

    Nottingham Trent University was named University of the Year 2017 at the Times Higher Education Awards and Modern University of the Year in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018. The award recognises NTU for its strong student satisfaction, quality of teaching, overall student experience and engagement with employers.

    Nottingham Trent University (NTU) is one of the largest UK universities with nearly 30,000 students and some 4,000 staff across four campuses, contributing £496m to the UK economy every year.

    Innovate UK

    Innovate UK is the UK’s innovation agency. Its goal is to accelerate economic growth by stimulating and supporting business-led innovation. Innovate UK brings together business, research and the public sector, supporting and accelerating the development of innovative products and services to meet market needs, tackle major societal challenges and help build the future economy.

    European Regional Development Fund

    The Big House Project is receiving up to £4.5 million of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Department for Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund.

    Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit

Innovate UK to drop into Nottingham to launch new support programme for tech and digital enterprises

Published on 12 April 2018
  • Category: Business; Nottingham Business School

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