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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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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