SmartTech Leaders – Durham Future Innovation Building Innovation Accelerator
Define how your business can exploit opportunities for innovation
This session will help businesses define how to best develop or adapt solutions to address new markets or opportunities, how to assess potential success to be confident of investing time and effort towards a particular innovation project and what collaborations and support can make innovation easier. Participants will come away from the session with a greater understanding of how to develop innovative solutions using existing resources and insights, and match these to unmet needs and opportunities of existing and new markets.
All sessions will provide information on funding and support available for innovation projects through the DFIB programme as well as opportunities to collaborate and network with other businesses tackling similar issues in the region. They will also include talks from organisations using SmartTech to innovate and share their insights about they have used the approaches the workshop will use to drive growth in their own businesses.
*These Bootcamps have been designed to address different parts of the innovation journey and build on each other, but you are welcome to attend, one, two or all three sessions and will still benefit from building your understanding of how to successfully develop and deliver new solutions and the funding and support available to make this easier.
What is SmartTech?
Electech is the electronics, photonics, electrical optical technology and embedded software that enables a wide range of products, solutions, processes and business models across all industries. SmartTech will be central to delivering the data, digitalisation and automation needed to deliver the
innovation needed across all sectors, including health, energy supply, productivity, mobility and sustainability.
The DFIB programme wants to support the work of innovative SmartTech businesses to help them innovate, grow and deliver the impact for sectors in the North East that need the connectivity and productivity that SmartTech solutions can provide, as well as supporting the growth of SmartTech companies in the region.
This programme is open to any Small or Medium sized Durham-based business that produces electronics, electrical hardware, or electrical software or that operates in the electronics supply chain.
9:30 – Event start, Welcome and an introduction to the Durham Future Innovation Building Programme, including support and grants available
9:45 – Lightening Talk from an SmartTech Innovator
10:15 – Interactive Session – Defining innovative solutions – What resources, insights and networks can you
10:40 – Comfort break
10:50 – Interactive Session – Aligning Innovative solutions with growth opportunities
11:30 – Discussion of support available for potential solutions through DFIB programme to help realise these; Next steps for businesses keen to explore innovation and collaboration projects
11:45 – Networking
12:00noon – Close