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Innovation Loans Open Competition

Innovate UK is working to broaden the range of innovation finance support available to businesses, so they can access funding at all stages of innovation.

Innovation loans are for UK small or medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) that want to scale up and grow through innovation, developing new or improved products, processes or services. They can be used for late-stage research and development (R&D) projects, which have not yet reached the point of commercialisation.

The briefing events are designed to provide vital information to enable businesses to decide if an innovation loan is appropriate for them and, if so, to develop a clear and compelling application that shows that they have an innovative project and are suitable for a loan.  

The competition launch event, with a live and recorded webinar, will take place in London on Monday 30th April 2018. Further briefing events will be held across the UK:  

• Monday, 30th April, London (also available as a webcast)

• Wednesday, 2nd May, Manchester

• Wednesday, 9th May, Birmingham

• Thursday, 10th May, Cardiff

• Wednesday, 23rd May, Edinburgh (Please note this is rearranged from 1st May)


Click here for further information on the April 2018 Open Competition for Innovation Loans on the Innovate UK competition page.

The deadline for registration for the competition is 12:00 on 6 June 2018 and the application deadline is 12:00 on 13 June 2018.

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