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Women in Innovation: Building Success – North West

Women in Innovation
Free Networking event
24th September 2019, 9am – 5.30pm
11 Portland Street, Manchester
Take the opportunity to network with like-minded women, learn from experts and hear from successful female business owners at this exciting event.

As part of Innovate UK’s second Women in Innovation programme, KTN will be hosting the fifth Building Success event on the 24th of September 2019 in Manchester.

Register now for the opportunity to network with like-minded women, learn from experts and hear from successful female business owners at this free to attend event.

The day will include:

  • Panel sessions from female founders and investors
  • An introduction to the KTN Innovation Canvas
  • Upcoming opportunities from Innovate UK
  • Masterclass sessions exploring grant writing, market validation and investor readiness.

You will also have the chance to learn about, and interact with, national and regional support organisations that can help take your business to the next level.

We’d encourage female founders and women working within innovation from all industries to attend.

Register your place here:

Grant Writing Masterclass
When applying for a grant it often requires a significant investment of time to put forward a compelling case. Yet grants can be a real enabler in realising your innovative ideas and supporting business growth. So, what are the key elements that make a successful grant application? How can you make your application stand out from the crowd and deliver a competitive business case? Find out during this session.

Innovation Canvas
There are many problems that need to be solved on the way to a successful commercial innovation. We need a framework that poses the questions that a company must address to manage a process that is often tortuous and unpredictable. Borrowing from the model of the Business Model Canvas, KTN has developed an ‘Innovation Canvas’, which is divided into conversation blocks focused on the major issues that must be addressed in the innovation process. Join this workshop to apply your innovation and see which areas you need to focus on.

Market Validation
Be equipped with tools and techniques to really gain understanding of your target market. Learn how to build this understanding into your proposed concept. This workshop helps develop a fundamental skill that ensures your concept is aligned with a true market need or challenge. The result? Product development has a clear route to market and the value you offer will be communicated to your customer with conviction.

Investor Readiness – what is an investor looking for?
Are you looking to secure investment to grow your business? In this workshop learn about what an investor looks for, how to find committed and interested investors and how to present your business through a memorable pitch.


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City Football Group – Stadium Experience Challenges

Working in conjunction with the Business Growth Hub, MIDAS (Manchester’s inward investment agency) and the Department for International Trade, Manchester Met are supporting City Football Group to reach out to the start-up/small business community to help solve some key challenges facing the group and the stadium experience.

Short-listed applicants will be invited to City Football Academy for Start-up week (w/c 24th June 2019), where they will work side by side with key representatives from City Football Group’s Leadership Team to develop a minimum viable product of their solution – which if selected, could be tested with a funded pilot at one (or more) of CFG’s clubs. Applicants will also have the opportunity to network with CFG staff and other start-ups, will receive guidance and entrepreneurial advice on their project as well as accommodation, healthy food and some surprise training with top coaches at the CFA campus.

 Ideally, we’d be looking to pair up academic expertise to support the start-up with their proposed project (but it’s not essential). If you know of any start-ups who might be interested in the challenge areas below, or other academic colleagues who might have an interest and/or links to start-ups, please do send on this link to them and encourage them to apply!

Closing date for applications is 31st March.

 Challenge areas:

How we might reduce waste, improve energy efficiencies and reduce our carbon footprint?

How we can make matchday quicker and easier by removing queues and improving access to services. We are looking for parking solutions, quick serving staff, stadium entry, security and bag checks and improved way finding.

How we might leverage home advantage and engage the crowd even more in the action, creating a visual spectacle, optimize acoustics, create viral moments and connect fans with fans inside and outside the stadium

How we could create a smart environment that enables us to provide each fan with an individual experience, know who is in the crowd, learn fan behaviours to anticipate their needs.

We want all our supporters to feel part of a family that isn’t constrained by physical location or time, enable networking and connect world-wide fans with each other, Gamify Fan Engagement, Empower fans and create immersive and personalized content (broadcasting / TV/ VR/ AR).



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Manchester City Player Performance Hack

MCFC hack29th – 31st July 2016


Come and hack some of the most exclusive data and insights in football, and help MCFC understand player performance in brand new ways. By opening up previously unavailable data and APIs, MCFC are inviting you to create new insight, innovation, visualisations and products.

MCFC will give access to incredibly detailed match data, featuring in-match events, player performance and detailed biometric tracking. The material sourced is cutting edge and unfiltered. Meaning you’ll have the best possible information and tools available to you. There will be an early release of the data to successful registrants a couple of weeks before the hack. Mentors and SME’s will also be available pre-event. You will also have access to behind the scenes performance analysis systems, training facilities and biometric technologies.

In return, MCFC are looking for highly skilled people who love solving problems and finding opportunities, who have curiosity, enthusiasm and drive. You might also love data, football and technology and not necessarily in that order!

Located at the City Football Academy on the Etihad Campus, the hack is completely free and there’s a cash prize fund available to the Judges to award for the best team, idea or approach. Participants may also be offered work experience/mentoring with CFG at CFG’s discretion.

Great performance food and drink will be provided throughout the weekend. You will be encouraged to stay over the weekend if you would like to and various accommodation options will be available. Food, drink and Accommodation will be provided free of charge.

Application Deadline: 10am on Monday 11th July.
It’s a very short, uncomplicated application process. If you would like to know more please contact Nikki Lees –

Successful applicants will be informed by Friday 5th July 2016.

30% of places will been reserved for students and young participants, so please also encourage your students to apply as well as yourself!

Digital innovation experts and event supplier, Play, will run a prototyping workshop for anyone new to hacks and help them pick up new skills in an incredibly dynamic environment.



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Cyber Security Capacity Building Programme 2016 to 2017

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office have launched a call for a Cyber Security Capacity Building Programme.

The UK’s recent Strategic Defence and Security Review sets out an active approach to building an open, secure and resilient cyberspace. Public and private sector, working together with civil society, can shape the development of cyberspace governance, regulation, skills and standards. This approach is crucial to ensure it delivers economic and social benefits and security.

Globally, the threat is increasing and outstripping defences. But, the international community is increasing capacity building efforts and beginning to coordinate. Capacity building is most effective when it has strong host-government support, makes sustained interventions and takes a holistic approach.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office are looking for transformational projects where there are clear UK interests and that make a measurable impact on these objectives:
1. Reduce the full range of threats to the UK from overseas
 Help nations develop and implement robust cyber crime legislation
 Strengthen cyber skills and awareness in judicial systems
 Improve law enforcement interoperability
 Strengthen Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs)
2. Promote an open, secure & resilient cyberspace
 Support the delivery and implementation of National Cyber Security Strategies
 Promote the adoption of robust cyber security standards around the world.
 Strengthen the application of international law and norms of behaviour
3. Protect the UK’s critical interests overseas
 Build skills and collaboration in key critical infrastructure, e.g. energy routes, transport hubs, supply chains, finance and communication centres.


 14 December – Submit initial concepts
 13 January – Submit full concept bids
 12 February – Submit full project bids
 2 March – Programme Board approves projects
 1 April – Projects start

If you are interested in bidding for this call, please contact Nikki Lees at Research and Knowledge Exchange on: 0161 247 2151 or by email: n.lees@mmu.acuk

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Call for Abstracts – what works in reducing crime


POLCON 5 – The fifth annual conference of the higher education forum for learning and development in policing

During this time of austerity and restricted budgets, the police service is under considerable pressure to improve the level of service it provides to the public. Police managers and Police Crime Commissioners are being asked to put ‘what works’ at the heart of their joint spending and policy decisions, particularly with regards to reducing crime.

The return of ‘what works’ will form the back-drop for this conference. Moreover, it will examine how universities and the police service can collaborate to develop the evidence base and to foster excellence in policing.

Call for Abstracts
To be considered for presenting a paper at the conference, please submit an abstract of no more than 500 words to Poster abstracts, up to 250 words in length, are also invited for submission.

The deadline has been extended to 31 July 2014.

Guidance for submitting your applciation can be found here:

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Call for Evidence in Domestic Abuse

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From April 2015, Tony Lloyd the Police and Crime Commissioner for Greater Manchester will take on new responsibilities for the commissioning of services for victims of crime and seek to ensure that we have a whole system approach that puts victims squarely at the centre. One vital element of that change relates to the commissioning of services for victims of Domestic Abuse.

Working on behalf of the Greater Manchester Office of the Police and Crime Commissioner’ New Economy is seeking the input of all partners to inform a discussion around what works for victims of Domestic Abuse.
New Economy are seeking information about the services and interventions currently in place, how effective they are, and how we can build on our strengths to make further improvements to existing arrangements. If you are interested in provideding evidence for this call for evidence please caontcat Nikki Lees on 0161 247 2151 or

It is intended that the information will help build the best possible picture of current provision, pinpoint gaps in local services, and pool in one place local evidence on ‘what works’, wider evidence from academic studies, and learning/latest innovation in other areas.
If the Police and Crime Commissioner is to invest in these services, we need to understand what works, for whom and how.

Please be assured that this is only the first stage of the call for evidence and that any information that you can provide will be valuable in adding to the current understanding.
New Economy are more than happy to take comments on the type of questions they should be asking in future calls for evidence.

It would be appreciated if responses could please be returned to Nikki Lees by Friday 25th July.

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Integrated Greater Manchester Assessment

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New Economy have produced an Integrated Greater Manchester Assessment (IGMA) which brings together the evidence base around several different themes into a single integrated assessment.

The principle underpinning the Assessment process is that a shared evidence base, setting out the conurbation’s needs in a robust and joined up way, is a vital enabler in developing an integrated policy response on the key Greater Manchester (GM) priorities.

There are 6 chapters in total:
1. Crime and Policing
2. Economy
3. Environment
4. Health
5. Planning and Housing
6. Transport

Each of the chapters can be downloaded from

New Economy advise that each of these chapters should be read in conjunction with the IGMA’s overview of our common, overarching evidence base – which underpins Greater Manchester’s prioritisation of growth and reform. Further detail on the approach to achieving our ambitions is also set out in detail in the Growth and Reform Plan and its annexes, published in April 2014.

Happy reading!