Tab Content: Overview
By creating the space to innovate and collaborate, this fully funded programme* works to build resilient, sustainable innovation ecosystems in the food and drink sector across the North West. Our Innovation Catalyst has proven to be a powerful way of helping individual firms and regional collectives with shared issues to develop effective long-term solutions that capture greater value for them and for the region. Learn more the programme's ongoing success in Cumbria.
For businesses who wish to be involved, this is an ideal opportunity to tap into a broad range of innovation expertise, and to co-create the learning process so that it is fit for your purpose.
This programme is designed and delivered by Lancaster University Management School (LUMS) and forms part of Eco-I North West, a £14m project led by The Centre for Global Eco-Innovation at Lancaster University and in partnership with the universities of Central Lancashire, Cumbria, Liverpool, Liverpool John Moores and Manchester Met.
*This programme is fully funded and is available to businesses which are eligible under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) criteria, please see eligibility tab for further details.
Tab Content: Timescale and programme detail
During the Mini Catalyst we will facilitate a series of investigative and action-focused sessions to collectively map out your goals, challenges, and innovation needs - drawing in the right expertise at the right time for you.
Day 1: Mini-Catalyst Activation
- This is the formation of the Innovation Catalyst: A full-day event to build trust, creating bonds and developing interaction and energy to activate ideas and commitment to tackle the challenge. The process works through mapping goals, challenges and needs.
- Lunch and refreshments provided
Site Visit to Veolia Discovery Centre, Liverpool
- Expertly facilitated by LUMS, Innovation Collaboratories are a solutions focused space to exchange knowledge, expertise and resources to accelerate innovation and encourage exponential change.
- In these sessions Task Force members will have the opportunity to experiment with new ideas and discuss solutions to challenges with policy makers, inﬂuential business leaders, and academic experts.
Challenge Action Groups with Student Engagement Fellows (Flexible dates - as agreed by the group)
- Sessions will result in Challenge Action Groups to provide the group with the space they need to actively experiment, test and learn from ideas developed during facilitated activity.
- This could include researching innovation barriers such as resource constraints, organisational structures, processes, or stakeholder conﬂicts.
- Regrouping and sharing of activity.
- By this point, the group will have developed an ecosystem of firms, industry experts, academics, support service providers and others that has the ability to solve/has solved both individual and shared challenges.
- Lunch and refreshments provided
Tab Content: Eligibility
This programme is fully funded and is available to businesses which are eligible under the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) criteria, as follows:
- Based in North West England
- Employ fewer than 250 full-time equivalent (FTE) employees
- Annual turnover of less than €50 million (or the equivalent in GBP)
- Received less than €200,000 of de minimis State Aid in the last 3 years.
Find out more about how and why Lancaster University and our funding bodies holds your information.