Driving productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.

Unlocking Innovation

Innovate UK has found that half of the young people in the UK think their age is a barrier to business success, with nearly a third lacking the confidence they need to turn their innovative ideas into a reality.

So how much more successful could our economy be if everyone who has a genuinely good idea could be supported in bringing it to life?

This panel discussion introduces some of the winners of the 2020 Young Innovators award, and what an inspiration their stories prove to be!

Innovation in a time of crisis

Manufacturing was hit very hard by the onset of the pandemic in 2020. Not only did broken supply chains and collapsing order books threaten the sector, they also threatened to stop dead in its tracks the programme of manufacturing innovation support run by Innovate UK.

In this panel discussion, we not only hear how the agency stepped in to protect that programme but also launched a swathe of new initiatives that helped the country deal with the pandemic and, in many cases, accelerated manufacturing’s drive to Net Zero.

Powered By An Idea

This is the story of ACT Blade (www.actblade.com), a company that used to focus on designing sails for Americas Cup yachts but saw how their technology could transform the way wind turbine blades are made.

And it is about how a grant from Innovate UK (www.ukri.org/councils/innovate-uk/) meant that agencies of the UK’s High Value Manufacturing Catapult, together with the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult could help turn that idea into a viable reality.

Collaboration by Design

How the UK’s innovation infrastructure works to bring together companies and agencies that create new value out of existing technologies.

In this case, how i3D Robotics, experts in 3D vision systems, are working with the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Centre to create a Digital Operating Theatre capable of remote 3D surgery.