Innovation support for businesses

Regional and national innovation support

Innovate UK Edge

Discover bespoke support from the UK Government’s innovation agency. The service is open to businesses across all sectors who wish to scale up.  

Visit the Innovate UK Edge website to find source funding and guidance for entering new markets. You’ll also discover local events and networking opportunities.

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI)

UKRI offers useful information about:

  • what innovation is
  • how investing in innovation can help your business
  • accessing support through their Innovation Hub

If you’re ready to explore funding opportunities, UKRI also offers a Funding Finder service. Use this function to browse funding opportunities for your next innovation or R&D project.

Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA)

DASA provides innovation opportunities to support UK defence and security as well as UK prosperity.

They support small and large organisations. This includes those who have not previously worked with the Government. Support includes:

  • themed competitions to solve defence challenges
  • open calls for innovation to develop prototypes from new ideas
  • grant and loan schemes to support SMEs to innovate

Visit the DASA website for more information on open and upcoming funding opportunities. You can also get in touch with their dedicated East of England Innovation Partner for further guidance.

Tech East

Tech East is a rapidly growing network of digital technology businesses across the East of England. Their website features invaluable resources for businesses in STEM, including:

  • information on accelerator programmes
  • local events for businesses in digitech
  • reports, research and guidance
  • grants and investment opportunities
  • local job and training opportunities