Renewables East event helps small and medium sized companies in the East of England and the East Midlands access funding and support for green energy and low carbon technology

Simon Sherrington is organizing a free event on behalf of Renewables East. It is designed to help small and medium sized companies in the East of England and the East Midlands access funding and support to develop their early stage green energy and low carbon technology and service ideas.  It is open to anyone meeting Renewables East’s target criteria for providing support – namely companies with 1 to 250 employees and based in the East of England or the East Midlands. Details are below.

If this event is of interest to you, please get in touch. If you know of a company that might be interested in attending, please feel free to forward this message.

Low Carbon Technology Acceleration Forum Robinson College, Cambridge, 24 February 2009

Free event will help you to develop your green technology and service ideas

Have you or your company got a good idea for a product or service that would help reduce energy consumption or generate cleaner electricity? Money and support is available to help you.

This free Renewables East event will help accelerate the development of good ideas, technologies, products and services that contribute to a low-carbon future – particularly in the areas of renewable energy and energy efficiency. Small /medium-sized companies in the East Midlands and East of England can attend.

At the event you will:

 – find out what funding is available, and how to access it

 – see how companies have benefited from Renewables East’s Technology Acceleration Scheme, and get help in applying for support from the Scheme

 – meet companies and organisations that can help you to develop and commercialise your ideas

 – network with other entrepreneurs over a complimentary lunch and service-provider “marketplace”.

 To attend this free event you need to register in advance as places are limited.

Outline Programme

8.30–9.30        Registration and coffee

9.30–10:15      The Renewables East Technology Acceleration Scheme: Success stories (what makes a winning application); support available; types of companies that apply; application evaluation process; questions on the scheme

10:15–11:00     Panel session: prospects for the renewable energy / low carbon sector (focus on the East of England and East Midlands)

11:00-12:00     Sources of funding for low carbon technology product and service ideas: an introduction to the funding and support environment for low-carbon ideas

12.00–12.30    “Support for low-carbon entrepreneurs: an introduction to mechanical / electrical / design engineering and business planning consultancies, virtual and physical prototyping specialists, IPR and patent protection experts, and providers of engineering / business concept testing and market research services”

12:30–13.45    “Networking lunch and marketplace, with opportunities to meet and talk with service providers, and get help with applications for Technology Acceleration Scheme support”

Speakers include:

 – Douglas Stewart (Green Energy UK) – Keynote: the market for renewable power and opportunities in the low-carbon sector

 – Steve Clarke (Renewables East) – The Renewables East Technology Acceleration Scheme: aims, successes, examples

 – Mike Langan (Centre for Sustainable Engineering) – Low-carbon technology innovation – practical challenges and solutions

 – Michael Evans Green-Tide) – Panel discussion         

 – Simon Sherrington (Innovation Observatory) –  Introduction to sources of funding

 – Sam Shepherd (Business Advice Team) – Tax breaks for innovation

 – Ralph Ecclestone (i10) – The low carbon voucher scheme and accessing university expertise

 – Hugh Parnell (Envirotech / Great Eastern Investment Forum) – Private investment in the low-carbon sector

 – Chris Hole (TTP-Carbon Trust Incubator) – Incubator support for businesses in the low-carbon sector

 – Alan Eklid (IP21) – From idea to commercial success – IP / patent protection support

 – Andrew Ede (EG Technology) – Engineering services to support product development in the low-carbon sector

 For more information or to register, contact:

 Danny Dicks / Andrea Marandino at Innovation Observatory: REevent@innovationobservatory.com, or tel. (01480) 309341

Best wishes,

Simon Sherrington

Founder

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