Happy New Year.
2017 is shaping to be busy for Immerse UK. Over 100 new members have joined the network since Christmas and we took part in our first event of the year yesterday. The Advanced Visualisation Forum, organised by the IET and the High Value Manufacturing Catapult, attracted over 150 people working in the field of visualisation and virtual reality to share expertise, good practice, hardware and software advances at the British Motor Museum in Gaydon.
The Forum is the first of a number of events and activities being planned for the coming months. If you would like to participate in any of the working groups developing these and other activities, please contact Carrie Wooten (email@example.com) at the KTN. The current groups are:
Access to Finance and Funding
Mapping Immersive activities in the UK
Content, Production and User Experience
Connecting industry and academia (skills and research)
Augmentor: Supporting Next Generation World-Class Virtual, Augmented and Mixed Reality Startups
Augmentor is a new 10 week equity-free programme supporting start-ups working with immersive technologies. Powered by Digital Catapult and early stage investors Seedcamp, it is focused on supporting companies developing innovative and commercially-focused applications of augmented, mixed and virtual reality.
From March to May 2017, in partnership with HTC and Immerse UK, the programme will deliver technical and business mentorship, workspace for teams at Digital Catapult Centre London, full access to state-of-the-art immersive facilities, wrapping up with an investor showcase event to be held in May.
The 10-week programme includes:
· Free workspace at Digital Catapult Centre London
· Guidance and support without ownership dilution
· The programme is equity free and there are no fees associated with participation
· 10-week programme of mentorship with a wide spectrum of technical, G2M and product experts.
· Access to state of the art immersive facilities
· The opportunity for immersive start-ups to showcase their product at a special investor event.
For more information and to apply check out the website: http://augmentor.co.uk
DIT Creative Industries Summit in Korea
There is still time (just) to apply for a DIT trade mission to Seoul which will provide an opportunity to join a group of experienced leaders from DIT, with long established networks in South Korea.
Participants will benefit from
· A bespoke package of market support centred on the identification of opportunities relevant to their businesses
· The security of a group visit, coordinated travel & accommodation itinerary
· On hand support from an experienced team including pre-visit support;
· Access to a large network of contacts well known to the organisers;
· Opportunities for sponsorship, exhibiting and presenting.
A financial contribution towards costs may be available for eligible companies especially those in the Northern Powerhouse region.
For further details and an application form contact
t 0345 1360169
From Silicon Valley to the year ahead
Just before Christmas, KTNs Fiona Kilkelly represented Immerse UK on the DIT AR/VR Mission to San Francisco. She was there to let US businesses know about the level of R&D and creative development in AR/VR happening in the UK across multiple sectors. One of the key priorities was to showcase Immerse UK as a focal point for immersive technologies in this country.
To find out what she learnt, read her full report here.
Help shape the government's new Industrial Strategy
On 23 January, the government published a Green Paper outlining its ambitions for the new Industrial Strategy. This marked the beginning of a comprehensive public consultation period on the Industrial Strategy.
Built around 10 pillars, the Industrial Strategy Green Paper has business innovation woven into its very fabric; from addressing the skills shortage by promoting STEM subjects and technical training programmes to positioning the UK at the leading edge of both existing and emerging technologies worldwide. There is ambition for increased trade and inward investment, and for replication of the government-industry partnerships that have allowed the automotive and aerospace sectors in the UK to flourish.
If you would like to see a specific focus on immersive technologies and experience in the strategy and associated challenge funds, we would strongly encourage you to contribute feedback via the government's online consultation platform.
Responses should be submitted no later than 17th April 2017.
Design Foundations Funding Competition
Innovate UK is to invest up to £1 million in early-stage design projects to help businesses identify high-value innovation opportunities and generate ideas. These should be for new products, services or business models that align with customer demand.
While applications can come from any sector, AR/VR and immersive technologies are currently a priority for Innovate UK. Proposals should use design-led methods from first principles to understand customer motivations and behaviour, inspire new ideas, support decision-making and inform strategy.
Innovate UK expects projects to range in size from total costs of £20,000 to £100,000 and to last between 3 and 9 months. A single UK business must lead the project, but you can sub-contract design services for up to 70% of the total project cost.
You can find more information on the scope of the competition and how to apply here.
Creative and Digital Business Briefing
For a comprehensive list of current funding opportunities and information on other support, check out the latest version of KTN's monthly briefing on Slideshare..