Innovate UK is investing up to £2.4 million for projects that use cutting-edge solutions to improve cities in Brazil.
The aim of this competition is to encourage innovative partnerships between the UK and Brazil. Innovate UK and the Brazilian government are funding this competition, administered by the Newton Fund.
Projects should address one or more of the following urban challenges:
- the governance of urban systems
- urban infrastructure
- sustainable urban environments
We expect total UK project costs of between £200,000 to £500,000, giving rise to total UK grant of approximately £350,000. Projects should last between 12 and 24 months.
If you are a UK business, you can carry out the project as the only UK partner or you can work with others. However, at least one partner must be Brazilian. A UK business must lead the project.
The competition opens on 7 November 2016.
You must register before noon on 26 April 2017.
You must apply before noon on 3 May 2017.
Attend the briefing event on Monday 14 November 2016 at 15.30pm by webinar using the password: Newton.
The Circular Economy presents challenges and opportunities for organisations. Many are just at the starting point of understanding how this approach can benefit their business. Join BITCNI for this Circular Economy Knowledge Swap; an opportunity to understand how the circular economy can be applied practically within your own organisation.
The opportunities of the circular economy: making them real in your business. Mat Roberts, Director of Sustainability Strategy, Interserve plc
Successful business models are changing at an ever-increasing speed, leveraging skills and technologies that few understood until was too late. In a world where every business can be Uber or Air B&B’d, looking at the future landscape and evolving fast are the only options. As resources become scarcer and products have a shorter design and desire life, circular economy thinking can make all business more resilient to change and buy time to implement new business models. Mat’s keynote address will focus on the key skills and abilities businesses need to adapt, rethink and succeed in the world of exponential change.
The main session will be followed by two breakout discussions which will give participants an opportunity to discuss the practicalities of implementing circular economy principles in their orgniasations:
Breakout session 1: Facilitated by Mat Roberts, Interserve
Building on his keynote, this breakout session will focus on the social side of the circular economy; how individuals and teams can flourish in a world where every skill and every experience is ‘fit for the past not the future’.
Breakout session 2: Facilitated by Elaine Kerr, International Synergies
Exploring how you can address the balance between existing business models and applying innovation.
Whether you’re already adopting a circular economy approach, are just starting, or want to find out about the benefits of employing this way of doing business, please register today.
For more information, email Peter Ramsey, or call (028) 9046 0606.