Plus X Brighton
Discover how Open Innovation can be used as a cost-effective tool for business growth and resilience and acquire the know-how to bring new ideas and opportunities to your business.
If you’re interested in accelerating business growth through increased differentiation, or in diversifying business revenue streams through new products or services, then Inspiring Innovation is for you.
This five-month programme starting in June provides businesses with access to a unique innovation programme called INSPIRE – built from world leading research, and informed and shaped by SMEs.
THE INSPIRE PROGRAMME ENABLES SMES TO:
- Develop an understanding of business innovation concepts
- Create, apply and track sustainable innovation practices within their business using unique tools
- Explore feasibility and prototyping of new technologies and products
- Manage Open Innovation
- Identify partners that are the best strategic fit for innovation projects
- Develop new, or significantly improved, processes and/or products (goods or services)
- Re-engage with innovation projects not yet complete, scaled back, or abandoned
- Explore new and significantly improved forms of organisation, business structures or practices, and marketing strategies and concepts
- Develop and start to implement a bespoke Innovation Action Plan through one-to-one coaching support.
THE INSPIRE PROGRAMME CONSISTS OF:
- An introductory workshop – including an Open Innovation readiness test to help identify the key areas that will benefit most from focussed attention
- A bespoke coaching programme – consisting of five hours of specialist one-to-one expert coaching using unique INSPIRE platform tools and methods to support the development of your business. Development of a bespoke Innovation Canvas to inform the production of your Open Innovation Action Plan.
- Final Clinic day – providing you with the opportunity to present your Open Innovation Action Plan for review and feedback.
The INSPIRE programme has been created by the University of Brighton and is delivered by university experts as part of the Brighton Research Information Technology Exchange (BRITE) project. The BRITE project is available to Plus X Brighton members and is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund. If you aren’t yet a member of Plus X Brighton, find out more about memberships here.
“The INSPIRE tool is fantastically useful and user-friendly.”
HOW TO APPLY
If you are an SME with an appetite for growth, based in the South East and are interested INSPIRE programme, please fill out the application form and our team will review your application to see if you are eligible for support.
ABOUT YOUR SPEAKERS
Dr George Tsekouras, Principal Research Fellow at the University’s Brighton Business School, and Director of the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (CENTRIM).
George research areas are innovation and entrepreneurship and includes managing open innovation in SMEs, enabling business development and innovation activities through peer-to-peer learning networks, empowering SME growth through innovation coaching, new product development strategies for SMEs, managing and supporting innovation in Social Enterprises, and the life cycle for SMEs.
George has also worked in various other innovation areas of research such as innovation policies benchmarking, business processes re-engineering for SMEs and scenario foresight for innovation.
Dr Aline Figlioli, Research Fellow at the University’s Brighton Business School, and a member of the University’s Centre for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management (CENTRIM).
Dr Figlioli’s expertise are in Open Innovation (OI) for SMEs, assessing SMEs capabilities for OI and exploring SMEs’ open innovation journeys, and in the traditional and new models of innovation habitats, such as science and technology parks, incubators, accelerators, and innovation hubs.
The project is receiving £5.5m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.