I am Innovate UK’s Regional manager for the East of England. That means I work with stakeholders, particularly the Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs), to align our respective strategies for innovation and to understand and highlight the innovation strengths of the region.
A great example of that is the Innovate UK in the East of England event, that took place recently near Cambridge. We worked with the LEPs and our family members, the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) and the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) to bring 275 people together to:
- learn more about how we support innovation
- contribute their views on exactly what the region’s global strengths are
- network and share ideas
Highlighting those strengths matters because LEPs and others need to build their strategies upon them and government has said, in its Industrial Strategy green paper, that it intends to build on areas of global excellence and help new sectors to flourish, as well as building on local strengths.
In the last ten years, Innovate UK has committed £307 million to over 2,700 business innovation projects in the East of England, £43 million in 2015/16 alone.
To learn more about the innovation hotbed of the East, visit Venturefest East, 21st September at Newmarket Racecourse. Early Bird tickets are still available: https://events.blendology.com/vfe17