Funded Ideation Workshops

A series of practical workshops designed to help business leaders gain the tools to shape innovative business ideas.  From concept through to commercialisation, these workshops will equip businesses with the necessary skills and knowledge needed for today’s ever competitive market.

Business leaders can mix and match in topic areas of interest depending on where they are on the innovation journey.  Businesses are required to attend at least 2 workshops of their choice over a 12-month period. Workshops will be tailored around needs and demand from participating businesses and will encourage networking between participants.

Forthcoming Workshops

Cumbria Innovations Platform Showcase Event – The Forum, Barrow-in-Furness
31st October 2017
University of Cumbria and Lancaster University are pleased to provide this event in Barrow-in-Furness.

During the event you will hear about the various types of support on offer to help you grow your business through innovation. There will be presentations from university partners and from innovators in Cumbria. You will also have the opportunity to network with other like-minded business leaders and to showcase your company, product or service.

For more information please visit our Eventbrite page

Financing Innovation – University of Cumbria, Paternoster Row Campus, Carlisle
15th November 2017
This workshop focuses on business finance fundamentals and how small companies can finance innovation. It explains how to forecast your future financial requirements and then explores the different forms of funding required to finance your innovation. We explain the mechanics of investment (it’s not like Dragons’ Den!), grant funding and other sources of working capital and the consequences and obligations associated with raising investment.

Managing your Message – Barrow-in-Furness, venue TBC
12th Dec 2017
This workshop opens with a simple explanation of the criticality of marketing, where you’ll understand why it’s even more important than sales. Delegates will then go on to develop and test the fundamental concepts that underpin the branding of their innovative new product or company. The session concludes with a simple strategy session to develop a marketing plan that can be executed by a new company on a tiny budget.

Sales & Marketing – University of Cumbria, Brampton Road Campus, Carlisle
18th Jan 2018
This workshop illustrates the critical dependence of sales on both marketing and on effective planning. There are sessions on: 

  • Sales & marketing fundamentals
  • Accurate forecasting & achievable sales plans
  • Developing and driving an effective sales process
  • Managing your sales process, team and customers

Building, Managing and Presenting your IP and Assets – Energus, Lillyhall, Workington
17th April 2018
This workshop illustrates how to create radically different and very effective presentations that allow them to take control of a pitch or a presentation. It is followed by a session showing them how to deal with hostile Q&A. These sessions require around two hours preparation beforehand. On day three we delve into the various strategies that can be used to protect all kinds of Intellectual Property and how to weave an affordable plan to protect the company’s most valuable assets.

Business Development and Developing the Business (two day programme) – University of Cumbria, Ambleside Campus
4th July and 28th September 2018
A half-day session to provide an understanding of the purpose, function and standard of the Business Plans that are required to create, fund and build a new company.

Workshop facilitators

Al Wilson is the Managing Director at The Centre for Leadership Performance a not-for-profit private limited company working to develop Cumbria’s leaders for today and tomorrow.  Al has spent the last 25 years delivering leadership and personal development programmes in the corporate, public and third sector. He believes that leadership has the potential to make a positive difference to organisations, people and communities and he has a passion to help and support people to grow, learn and develop.

Alister Minty has more than 20 years’ experience in Business Development and International Sales, including 3 years in USA and 6 years in Japan where he sold $M internet video technology licenses to camera OEMs. His licensee customers include Matsushita, Toshiba, Canon, JVC, Ikegami, Honeywell and Cirrus Logic. He is currently Chairman of a biotech instrumentation start-up.

Frank Allison from FIS360 Ltd. has a focus and track record of working with and supporting entrepreneurs at all stages of the commercialisation process.

Gordon Short from Entrepreneur Business School Ltd. (EBS) is a privately held company which delivers Guided Entrepreneurship training for innovation driven businesses.

We look forward to welcoming you!

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Find out whether your business is eligible for support

Benefits of the Cumbria Innovations Platform
  • Reduce the risk of research and development
  • Speed up innovation
  • Support the development and commercialisation of new products
  • Accelerate growth in innovative Cumbrian businesses

What else is on offer?

Contact us

If you have an idea for a project, please use our contact form

If you have question or want to speak to one of our team, please email or call:

  • Stewart on +44 (0)1524 510 444 to find out more about digital product design
  • Pete on +44 (0)1524 510 728 to find out more about our innovation programme
  • Sarah on +44 (0)1228 888 740 to find out more about our ideation workshops
  • Alex on +44 (0)1524 593 797 to find out more about the scientific facilities on offer

We look forward to talking to you.