The three universities within the D2N2 local enterprise region – NTU, University of Derby and The University Nottingham – have been successful in securing £10.1 million worth of funding for this combined programme, the total for NTU being £3.8m. This provides funding for the following activity, which is delivered by our Innovation Hubs:

Meet the Hubs

Computer Science Innovation
The School of Science and Technology.

Staff will deliver expert workshops, business support, and collaborative projects with businesses in areas such as mobile development, big data, cloud computing, the Internet of things, sensing and smart technologies, networking and infrastructure security, and digital media.

Design Innovation
The College of Art, Design and Built Environment.

This expert hub has already delivered the successful ERDF Future Factory project (2009-2015). This project has led to the development of a dedicated industrial design facility which, through this new Enabling Innovation programme, will provide SMEs with access to disruptive technologies, including 3D visualisation and rapid prototyping, virtual reality technologies, eco-design expertise, and innovative design practices.

Food and Drink Innovation
The School of Animal, Rural and Environmental Sciences.

Expert workshops and dedicated technical support for new product development and testing for the food and drink sector will be provided.

Innovation Management and Leadership
Nottingham Business School.

Holders of a Silver Award from the Small Business Charter, Nottingham Business School will deliver an innovation management programme in areas such as: managing creativity; recruiting and managing talent for innovation; marketing innovative products and services; innovative business models; product / service mix; alternative revenue streams; and financial modelling for innovation.

Legal Advice for Innovation
Nottingham Law School.

Winners of the Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Fast Forward Competition 2014 and the IPO Studentship Awards for Enterprise 2015, the Legal Advice Centre of Nottingham Law School will deliver expert workshops and clinics for SMEs on all aspects of law relating to business innovation.

Materials and Engineering Innovation
The School of Science and Technology.

Expert workshops, innovation futures events and academic knowledge exchange projects will provide access to the expertise in areas such as metrology, materials analysis, industrial imaging, and process automation.

Support for Enterprise and Innovation
The Hive.

The Hive will provide structured enterprise development and mentoring programmes, as well as assistance, to companies seeking to exploit innovative business ideas.

Talent for Innovation
Employability Team.

Recognising that the lack of graduate-level skills, expertise and organisational capacity is a significant barrier to innovation in smaller companies, NTU's Employability Team will work with small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to design, advertise and recruit student and graduate talent to support in-company innovation projects. Enabling Innovation will support 180 paid internships, of up to one year in length, over the life of the programme.


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