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Happy Christmas! - Innovate UK's top 10 highlights of 2015

Wow, what a busy year! Our 2015 has been jam-packed with events and activities that we thought we'd celebrate as the year comes to the end - take a look.

1. UK in Japan

Innovate UK in Japan JSAE

May 2015: We led a delegation to the Society of Automotive Engineers of Japan (JSAE) Engineering Conference 2015 to present cutting-edge low carbon vehicle technologies developed with the help of Innovate UK funding.

2. Shadow Robot

Shadow Robot
Shadow Robot Company managing director Rich Walker

May 2015: our funding helps Shadow Robot Company move out of the laboratory and into the commercial world, with their robot hand that can decide for itself how and when to pick up, grip and handle objects.

3. New Catapults join the network

July 2015: the Chancellor announced this summer that a new 10th Catapult will be focused on medicines technologies and will be located at Alderley Park in Cheshire.

4. Space Mission UK

Joyeeta Das, Gyana at Lockeed Martin Advacned Technology Center during Space Mission UK 2015
Joyeeta Das, Gyana at Lockeed Martin Advacned Technology Center during Space Mission UK 2015

August 2015: Space Mission UK traveled to Utah, Silicon Valley and Los Angeles from 8-14 August 2015 and provided 9 of the UK’s leading space and satellite application entrepreneurs with the opportunity to interact with world leading investors and potential partners.

5. LCV 2015

Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive of Innovate UK, at LCV 2015
Ruth McKernan, Chief Executive of Innovate UK, at LCV 2015

September 2015: We showcased several projects we’ve supported in the low carbon vehicle sector at this year's CENEX LCV 2015, for example a new battery technology for electric vehicles from a UK SME.

6. Innovate UK’s first SME innovation awards

Richard Toner & Jenny Griffiths with Jo Johnson at Innovate UK SME innovation awards
Richard Toner & Jenny Griffiths with Jo Johnson at Innovate UK SME innovation awards

October 2015: We ran our first SME innovation awards, hosted at the House of Commons to recognise examples of innovation excellence among the projects funded by Innovate UK.

7. Tech-inspired Collaboration Nation

Andrew Tyrer presenting award at Tech Inspired Collaboration Nation 2015
Andrew Tyrer from Innovate UK presents tickets to Adam Hopkins from Demuris and Pete Wilson from MAST, at Tech Inspired Collaboration Nation 2015, for their winning pitches

October: 2015: We held our annual Technology-inspired Collaboration Nation on 14 October, where 71 UK SMEs that won the Technology Inspired Feasibility Studies competition this year, pitched their companies to peers and investors.

8. Innovate 2015

Catherine Raines, CEO of UKTI, at Innovate 2015
Catherine Raines, CEO of UKTI, at Innovate 2015

November 2015: ours and UKTI's flagship event highlighting UK innovation, Innovate 2015, was the best ever. Total visits over the two days were an incredible 3,481 - more than any of our previous seven events.

9. KTP at 40 awards

KTP at 40 awards, Innovate 2015

November: 2015: KTP awards 2015 were hosted at this year's Innovate 2015 to celebrate 40 years of university and business partnerships through the Innovate UK "Knowledge Transfer Partnerships" programme.

10. Funded some cool tech

Cool tech

We've funded some very cool technology produced by UK small to medium-sized businesses; always innovative and often life-changing.

Very happy Christmas and see you in the new year 2016!

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