Are you a small or medium sized business in the South West looking to develop new products and services? Well UWE can help provide you funding to do just that (offering grants from £25,000 to £150,000) with its £4m Innovation 4 Growth (I4G) innovation fund.

I4G is a grant funding scheme developed using the UK Government’s Regional Growth Fund and can offer these grants to companies developing innovative products, technologies, processes and services, but you only have until 14 October to apply.

“Last year the I4G programme was directly responsible for attracting more than £7m of private sector investment in research and development and grant beneficiaries”

 

The I4G scheme has already helped over 40 South West businesses last year, including games development studio Opposable Games. You can see Ben Trewehalla Managing Director of  Opposable Games talking about his experience with the I4G programme in the video below:

Ben says of the Grant: “Our I4G grant has enabled us to take on four new members of staff to help with delivery of the Salvaged project, and to protect the jobs of five existing colleagues. It is really exciting to see the intended results of the funded project coming to fruition – to be launching the game demo and to be preparing to take the full version into the marketplace.”

But it’s not just for gaming companies, it’s for anyone who wants to take an innovative idea to the next stage. As Professor Martin Boddy, Pro Vice-Chancellor for Research and Business Engagement at UWE, says, “We are delighted to be offering another round of I4G funding. Last year the programme was directly responsible for attracting more than £7m of private sector investment in research and development and grant beneficiaries committed to securing 432 regional jobs. On that basis, the new fund means new products, new services and hundreds of jobs for the South West.”

If you have questions, or for a confidential discussion contact the I4G Team on: innovation4growth@uwe.ac.uk. You can see more on the Innovation 4 growth website and keep up to date with the latest news by following them @UWE_Business