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A summary of funding, events and support for UK digital businesses - August 2014

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  • Digital Business Briefing August 2014
  • What is this briefing? A digest of useful information for digital businesses seeking funding and support, updated every month Brought to you by the following organisations:
  • Contents Open funding calls Forthcoming funding calls Support for launching a new digital business Existing digital businesses Events Training
  • Open funding calls 1. "Smart" grants for start-ups and small businesses Key feature: A grant scheme which offers funding to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to engage in R&D projects in the strategically important areas of science, engineering and technology. Scale: Proof of market - up to 25k - 60% of project cost Proof of concept - up to 100k - 60% of project cost Prototype development - up to 250k - up to 45% of project cost Closes: 25th September 2014 More info on
  • Open funding calls 2. Tech City Launchpad 2 - Internet of Things Key features: Grants to support micro, small and medium sized businesses in and around London and Cambridge to work on industrial Internet of Things projects. Additional support to raise investment finance. Delivered in partnership with large-scale industry partners Scale: Up to 150k grants funding up to 60% project costs Projects must be between 50-250k Closes: 3rd September 2014 More info on
  • Open funding calls 3. An integrated future for cities Key feature: large-scale SBRI contracts to encourage new ways of achieving better integration of infrastructure and services across a city. Contracts will be to develop prototypes, must link up cities and will enable users to interact with multiple models to tackle different city problems. Scale: Contracts of between 1.5 - 2m 100% funded Single contract, but able to sub-contract out work Closes: registration closes on 7 January 2015 More info on
  • Open funding calls 4. Innovation Vouchers Key feature: Innovation voucher scheme funding for start-up, micro, small and medium-sized enterprises to work with an external expert to gain the knowledge to innovate and grow. Scale: Up to 5k funding for SMEs Closes: on 22 October 2014 More info on
  • Open funding calls 5. Impact investment - Nesta Key feature: An equity investment fund investing in social ventures with innovative products or services that are addressing some of the UKs most pressing challenges. Investments are made in areas that tackle: the health and wellbeing of an ageing population the educational attainment and employability of children and young people the social and environmental sustainability of communities. Scale: between 150k - 1m Closes: ongoing More info on Nesta Investments
  • Forthcoming funding calls IC tomorrow Connected Cities Key feature: Grant funding to work with industrial partners to develop new solutions for connected cities Scale: Up to 25k grants, 100% funded Specifically for micro, small or medium sized businesses Opens: 1st September 2014 More info on
  • Launching a new digital business? The Open Data Institute runs a start-up programme that helps start-ups build business models around open data Tech City UK offers advice and support to start-ups looking for guidance in and around London. It also endorses visa applications to help recruit talent to the UK. IC tomorrow connects start-ups and SMEs with leading commercial partners and investors, through funded contests, events, and strategic matchmaking opportunities. Transmit Start Ups provide financial support and mentoring to creative and digital entrepreneurs that would not normally be available via traditional banking relationships.
  • Are you an existing digital business seeking non-financial advice or support? Nesta runs a creative business mentor network for digital businesses looking to grow The UKTI offers advice to help with exporting Tech City UK can help advise on inward investment The British Business Angels Association can help put you in touch with relevant business angel investors The Digital Catapult can help you showcase your business
  • Are you an existing digital business seeking advice or support? Subsidised costs to work with a specialist to build and deliver business growth GrowthAccelerator Email IP Audit to apply for up to 3k of free advice from an IP professional Finance finder from GOV.UK
  • Key events in August For all events in and around London, check out Tech City News Digital Tuesday Cardiff 5th August Digital Business how we can help you? Brighton 8th August Seedcamp Meet & Greet Bristol 13th August Tax efficient start-ups Google campus, London 26th August Brighton Digital Festival Brighton 1st September
  • Training and skills Open Data in a Day training course at the ODI 4th August Business model tools and value proposition workshop from Lancaster University and London Fusion 6th August Technology Adoption in the NHS: Challenges and Barriers Tech UK London 11th August Getting the most out of VCs London 1st September
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