Enabling Innovation is a three year collaborative programme involving Nottingham Trent University, the University of Derby and the University of Nottingham, which will provide support to over 2,000 local small and medium enterprises (SMEs) over three years. Focusing on ‘enabling technologies’, it aims to stimulate an innovation ecosystem designed to commercialise cutting edge R&D, support product and process innovation within SMEs and drive innovation through supply chains.

*This funding is secured and the programme will be unaffected by Brexit*

Who is it for?

Enabling Innovation is for small and medium-sized businesses in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire who want to benefit from university expertise in research and innovation to develop and grow their business.

What is on offer?

  • In-depth support for businesses in sectors such as manufacturing, materials engineering, computing and data, aerospace, food and drink, chemistry and satellite navigation – offering unprecedented access to university expertise and graduate talent.
  • Workshop programmes designed to help businesses to innovate, explore new ideas and unlock their growth potential.
  • Leadership and management development, including mentoring.
  • Support for businesses to take on graduates via placement opportunities, allowing them to explore the benefits of employing graduates.

Is it right for you?

Browse through the list of services on offer from an extensive range of expertise resident in the three midlands based universities.

What will it cost?

We have secured European Union funding which means that most services provided as part of the Enabling Innovation programme are free of charge to qualifying businesses. (Knowledge Exchange for Innovation, Talent4Innovation and Talent for Innovation are part-funded by the EU and require a contribution from the participating business.)

State Aid

As the European Union is partly funding this programme of business engagement there may be State Aid implications for your business.  For an overview of State Aid and the associated costs through Enabling Innovation please click here.

D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership

Enabling Innovation is one of some 50 projects which D2N2 has supported with European funding.  Further details of these projects and much more, can be found on the D2N2 Growth Hub site, please click here.