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Design, technology & investment – 10 ways that truly innovative businesses are attracting growth capital

Sophisticated high-tech design has become ubiquitous – and big business. The ICAEW’s Corporate Finance Faculty will publish 10 principles in April for design-led technology ventures that are seeking substantial investment. The Faculty has looked at six companies that show how: Britain is very capable of impressive manufacturing and design innovation that's internationally...
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£6m for creating smart products from smart materials

Innovate UK and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) will invest up to £6 million in collaborative research and development (R&D) projects to encourage the development of smart products that use a combination of functional, hybrid and multiple materials.   They are looking to fund projects that bring together material suppliers with processing...
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Circular economy business models - £800k for feasibility studies

Innovate UK is to invest up to £800k in feasibility studies into the business case for retaining value in durable goods through reuse, remanufacture or leasing/maintenance.    They are seeking projects that explore commercial models for a circular economy of goods in which resources are kept in productive use for longer following primary production – ideally at the same...
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Dupl, the ‘togetherphone’: What does it all mean?

This is third article in a series on Dupl, the first commercial “togetherphone”. You can read the previous description of Dupl and Interview with CEO Tony Kypreos . In this article Martin Geddes, Founder of Martin Geddes Consulting Ltd., offers his evaluation of Dupl, and explains the context in which it sits.   I spent pretty much the whole of 2014...
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£1m funding for manufacturing firms to testbed ideas for managing innovation

Manufacturing employers, of all sizes, have a chance to bid for funding worth up £150,000 each to test ideas for how to better manage the process of innovation. Manufacturers are being challenged to design or pilot experimental workplace practices for maximising the value of innovation - in return for up to £1 million of government support. The  ‘Skills for Innovation in...
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Fixing a hole: design and construction

Innovate UK have recently announced two competitions relating to the built environment. The first addresses the whole life performance of buildings . The second seeks to integrate supply chains in construction. You may be forgiven for thinking these are not an obvious calls for designers to throw their hats into the ring and forge new collaborations in response.   ...
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Design Innovation for the Circular Economy - Report Available

This KTN project examined how installed façades could be more effectively recycled during the demolition of buildings at end of life.    The concept of design for disassembly is now well established in the automotive sector and significant effort has been focussed on making cars easier to take apart at end of life. It was intended to apply and adapt that learning to...
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Introducing APDIG Newsletter #81

  This week the All-Party Parliamentary Design & Innovation Group (APDIG) published their newsletter#81. APDIG is the cross-parliamentary group of parliamentarians and design sector organisations working to develop new design policy ideas and critique existing government decision-making around design.   The newsletter is primarily organised around four...
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Building whole life performance: designers required

Innovate UK has opened a new £4m  competition  to address how to maximise the long term economic, societal and environmental contributions of buildings, by improving their whole life performance. The competition is open to businesses from any sector with innovative proposals to improve the whole-life performance of buildings through developing innovative products,...
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Race you to the Horizons: Innovate UK at the London Circular Jam

This article has been written by Dr Sharon Prendeville (Intent & Purpose), Erica Purvis ( Technical Nature ) and Rob Maslin ( We All Design ).   This year’s London Circular Jam was a high-tempo event, kicking off with an energetic team-building game devised using Innovate UK’s Horizons Tool (after a spot of sustainable Bingo). The Jam is a chance to...
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Design Council Spark: a new kind of product innovation fund - up to £65K available

Have a great product prototype but not sure what to do next? Design Council Spark is a new kind of product innovation fund to uncover the UK's next great inventions. Apply now for a chance to win a place on this 20 week bespoke support program, as well as up to £65k investment to help bring your physical product prototype or idea to market. Design Council Spark is a fund and...
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Internet of Things - Hype & Hope

Earlier in the week Ved Sen (Global Head, Advisory Services, Social Mobile & Sensors at Cognizant ) delivered a presentation about IOT at the Oxford Technology and Media forum. Here is his write-up of both his presenation and the panel discussion that followed afterwards.     The tech industry is often guilty of pushing technology solutions to consumer without...
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Bristol and Bath to be at centre of new design research project

A new research project will be examining the use of design in businesses and public sector organisations in Bristol and Bath. The research project, Bristol & Bath by Design , brings together experts from the University of the West of England (UWE), the University of Bristol , and Bath Spa University , drawing on expertise in design, creative arts, business and law,...
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Does your business want to get a circular economy project off the ground?

To date Innovate UK competitions ‘New Designs for a Circular Economy’, ‘Design Challenges for a Circular Economy’ and ‘Supply Chain Innovation towards a Circular Economy’ have supported 50 projects with a total value of £6.8M and a potential value generation of £86M for the UK economy.   At Resource 2015 , Innovate UK and the Knowledge Transfer Network will be launching the...
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Products and services innovation from urban open data

Briefing workshop   1 December, Manchester   Innovate UK has announced a new call for developing products and services based on the newly emergent data platforms being developed in cities around the world. The challenge from a design perspective is ensuring new products and services meet users’ and market needs. The call covers utilising these integrated and...
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Meet the New Innovation Actors

A new report from the Danish Design Centre outlines the new innovation landscape and explores the future role of design.   The innovative landscape is changing. Chances are that design will play a new role in the future, entering into new constellations with other disciplines and making important contributions to innovation, job creation and growth.   The Danish...
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Fighting ebola - this OpenIDEO challenge invites you to submit ideas to help find solutions

Faced with the escalating Ebola epidemic and the need for a coordinated global response, on September 26th, 2014, President Obama called upon everyone together, to design the next solution.  In response to this crisis, USAID and partners  have launched Fighting Ebola: A Grand Challenge for Development to help healthcare workers on the front...
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Here's introducing the London Circular Jam, 21st - 23rd November

This guest post is submitted by Rob Maslin (founder of We All Design ) and Dr Sharon Prendeville (Independent Consultant), part of the team organising the London Circular Jam .   Beer! Followed by Frank’s sobering talk on the impact of our linear economy on our environment. Richard’s ice breaker! Meeting super people flown in from Spain, Germany, Sweden... ...
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SCAP Extending The life of Clothes Design Awards

Background   An estimated 1.14 million tonnes of clothes are supplied onto the UK market each year, accounting for around 5% of the UK annual retail expenditure with consumers spending £44 billion a year buying clothes or around £1,700 per household. Over 30% of clothing goes to landfill at the end of life.    As well as financial implications, this impacts...
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The end of life, but not as we know it

Edward Hobson, Design Knowledge Transfer Manager, KTN, offers some observations from the Resource and Waste Materials  Exhibition at the NEC 16-18 September 2014.     How early in life should you think about your demise? Making plans for ageing, managed decline and ultimately obsolescence is too uncomfortable an issue for many people to deal with. The...
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Design the Future ― £3m EPSRC funding call

EPSRC would like to invite applicants to participate in a funding initiative to explore the potential for "Design the Future". This call aims to encourage adventurous research addressing future design challenges, researching the effect of new science and engineering on the designers and the design process, leading to the development of future products and processes.   "Design...
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Creating business models in the circular economy

This guest post is submitted by Rob Maslin, Director of We All Design   Amongst all of the environmental progress, action and general good work happening around the circular economy, I have a slight concern business models are starting to be packaged and prescribed like commodities. Ready mades, which are chosen rather than designed. It means that companies could be missing...
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'Data+Design': free ebook released for data visualisation

More than 50 volunteers have worked on this free ebook to explain visualising and working with data to those with no specialised training.   A free ebook on data visualisation was launched earlier this week to make the practice more accessible to those without specialised training. Trina Chiasson, co-founder and CEO of crowdfunded data visualisation start-up ...
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DBA Professional Development - the fundamentals

The Design Business Association brings to you a series of workshops. T hese workshops are essential for everyone working in design. All creatives, project and account managers, administration, finance, production and technical staff will find it directly relevant to their work. Delegates are either within the early stages of employment in design or are more experienced staff seeking an...
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Introduction to Ben Griffin, Lead Specialist – Design at Innovate UK.

About six months ago I announced my intention to leave a senior position within TheAlloy, a product, interaction and service design consultancy, to take on a role at an apparently unrelated Non-Departmental Public Body called the Technology Strategy Board (now Innovate UK). It's fair to say there were a few raised eyebrows. Why would someone with a passion for design delivery and some great...
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