Since December 2022, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships at BGU (KTP) has been actively engaged in a series of impactful activities, collaborations, raising awareness, and promoting business growth. Here is a summary of the vibrant initiatives undertaken during this period:
- Academic Clinics: Two academic clinics were organized on 22nd February and 8th March to showcase the benefits of KTP to academics.
- A networking breakfast was held on 27th January, bringing together local businesses to explore opportunities and discuss the advantages of KTP. Additionally, an evening function targeting the Third Sector, featuring case studies from Lincolnshire CVS, took place on 2nd March.
- Business Networking Event: In collaboration with KuKu Connect, a KTP-themed business networking event took place on the 14th March. Over thirty businesses attended an evening event whereby they received KTP goodie bags, participated with a KTP crossword competition and heard all about the benefits of KTP with a short presentation all over some delicious Mexican food.
- Brewing Innovation Roadshow: As part of Innovate UK's "Building Capacity" grant, KTP collaborated with the University of Lincoln (UoL) to conduct a roadshow called "Brewing Innovation." This initiative aimed to raise awareness about KTP and visited business parks in Lincoln, Boston, Skegness, and Grimsby from the 7th to 9th March.
- Exhibitions and Conferences: The KTP team actively participated in industry events, exhibiting at the LVET conference on 20th April and the Lincolnshire Business Expo on 25th April. These platforms provided opportunities to showcase KTP's impact, network with industry professionals, and explore future collaborations.
During this time our KTP lead has submitted two further KTP applications to the Innovate UK competition and are awaiting results. A series of marketing/media initiatives has been undertaken with local press coverage being featured in the Lincolnite, as well as news stories and Linette Wallace being interviewed with Graham King on Lincoln Community Radio. They have also built KTP specific web pages and created some tailored videos to give a flavour of the scheme, alongside creating a range of marketing merchandise.
KTP lead Linette Wallace also attended the recent KTP Practitioner Course where she learned that there had been a successful increase in the KTP funding available from £35M To £50M for competition rounds this year and Innovate UK are aiming to increase KTPs awarded from approx.. 750 to 1,100 per annum over the next couple of years – so now is THE time to get involved!!
Our KTP team will be hosting a webinar on 22nd June, featuring colleagues from Innovate UKRI and Innovate UK Edge. The webinar will provide valuable information on business support and funding opportunities, offering participants insights into maximising their business potential.
For further information please contact the team KTP@bishopg.ac.uk