The I2C project is aimed at SME businesses in the Cheshire and Warrington area to generate more ideas and concepts and help them to develop these ideas through a managed and logical process of innovation towards final commercialisation.
The project is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and has some eligibility criteria associated to this.
The main criteria are that you are a business (sole trader, Partnership or Limited Company etc. We are unable to support individuals), are located in Cheshire and Warrington (or intend to relocate) and are a SME (less than 250 employees and 50million Euro turnover).
Our approach to assisting businesses is to provide a Foundation in Innovation techniques and methods followed by a detailed discussions about needs.
We then have a range of opportunities to assist, ranging from support from our in house engineers to engaging specialist consultants and working with our partners and network.
A series of workshops have been planned:
– 22nd November 2018 – Finance for Innovation – basic business accounting, how to fund innovation, attracting investors and their demands, how to look for and pitch for Grants etc.
– 27th November 2018 – Branding and Marketing for Innovations; proposition of new product, process or service, position in market, competition, branding, marketing tools and digital marketing tools.
– 29th November 2018 – Protecting Your Business and Innovation Ideas: Basic contract terms and conditions for purchase and sales; employment contracts (i.e. employees ideas belong to business/ restrictive covenants if someone leaves), Shareholder Agreements; Non –disclosure agreements, protected designs, Trademarks and Patents.
– 28th and 29th November – Process Control and Automation – We’ll take you through the basics all the way to full process control and automation. Using National Instruments Industrial interfaces with Labview software, we’ll demonstrate the build of an industrial control panel and process control and automation.
– 4th & 5th December – 2018 Foundation to Innovation workshop delivered by the Institute for Manufacturing – University of Cambridge.
– 13th December 2018 – Innovation: Quality Management Tools. Applications of Lean, Six Sigma etc. applied to your innovation and how you make and deliver it.