You’ll have the opportunity to speak to organisations that can help you find industry partners, connect with policymakers, or launch your own business. They can also provide learning and funding opportunities.

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Interface is a central hub connecting organisations from a wide variety of national and international industries to all of Scotland’s universities, research institutes and colleges. Interface provides a free match-making service to initiate collaborations between private, public or third sector organisations and Scotland’s world-leading academic expertise, research, technologies and specialist facilities to help them grow. A range of funding mechanisms are available to facilitate these industry-academia collaborations, such as Innovation Vouchers.

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The Scottish Policy and Research Exchange (SPRE) is a network of academics and officials working in new ways to expand the evidence base available to policymakers. Much of this involves encouraging and supporting new voices from the academy to engage with policy.

SPRE develops training and mentoring opportunities for early career researchers, and provides tools in digital and real space that make it easier for researchers and officials to collaborate.

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Innovate UK ICURe is a pre-accelerator programme for researchers. This programme is designed to help explore the commercial application and potential of UK research.

Within the ICURe programme, we have developed a range of funding and commercialisation training with industry experts, and this is delivered via our four key programmes; ICURe Engage, ICURe Discover, ICURe Explore and ICURe Exploit.

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Scottish Enterprise High-Growth Spinout Programme

The High-Growth Spinout Programme (HGSP) provides funding to support the commercialisation of advanced technologies developed at Scotland’s universities, research institutes and NHS boards. The objective is to create new high-growth companies with the potential to generate significant economic impact in Scotland.

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West of Scotland KTP Centre

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can help you to lead rewarding and ongoing collaborations with innovative businesses who require access to your skills and expertise to help them develop.

The West of Scotland KTP Centre will work with you to facilitate the development and running of your project. They are there to help and support you at every step of the process.

exhibitors at the 2023 IAA Impact Festival