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12 days of innovation – reflecting on Innovate UK’s 2016

12 days of Christmas

There are so many things to highlight in this, my final blog post of 2016, reflecting on a year in the life of Innovate UK. Here are just a few of my ‘best bits’ of the past year.

Connected cities – seeking new opportunities for global partnership

Ruth-Mckernan-with-panel-and-jo-johnson-at-uk-india-tech-summit

I arrived in India after an exciting few days at the Innovate 2016 event in Manchester, co-hosted by Innovate UK and the Department for International Trade. Cities of the future were an important theme of the event, showcasing UK innovation. …

Creating a blueprint for smart cities worldwide

Manchester corridor from the sky

CityVerve’s goal is to create a smarter city, and that means being smarter with how we collect and use data. Though CityVerve is technically only a few months old, life for Manchester’s demonstrator really began in August of 2015 when …

Introducing 'infocus' women in innovation applicants part III

Infocus "women in innovation" award

1. myHappymind Who are you? I’m Laura Earnshaw and I am the founder of myHappymind.org (@EarnshawLaura). I’ve spent most of my career working in large global corporations leading Global Leadership Development, Diversity and Talent functions and teams. Fascinating as this …

Connected Cities - how can a government trade mission change your business?

Priya Prakash, Design 4 Social Change pitching investors at Bristish High Commission, Singapore

In 2016, Design for Social Change (D4SC) had been toying with the idea of expanding internationally with two of our products: Changify – a people powered decision-making platform for urban service providers to identify and priortise most pressing urban issues to …

Innovate 2016: how has Greater Manchester changed the world?

Manchester Central

The team at the Business Growth Hub are thrilled to welcome Innovate 2016 to Manchester Central for the first time this November 2016. The North West is home to an innovative business community with new discoveries every day in a …

Developing lithium-ion battery technology to power green transport

Hyperdrive Innovation lithium-ion battery

  Hyperdrive Innovation develops and manufactures market-leading lithium-ion battery technology to power green transport and provide innovative energy storage. From our base in Sunderland, we are fitting the following with lithium-ion energy storage systems: cars off-highway vehicles factory automation robots …