Energy and the UK Funding Landscape

29 October 2020

Discover how UoB is promoting the use of zero-carbon energy technologies amongst SMEs and learn about funding opportunities for businesses.

About this Event

Energy and the UK Funding Landscape

Join UoB Business Club to discover how the University of Birmingham is promoting the adoption of zero-carbon energy technologies amongst local SMEs as well as the effective use of raw and waste materials. 

Hear from businesses who have benefitted from the University of Birmingham’s support in these areas and find out more about how we can support your business.

This Breakfast Briefing will also provide businesses and academics with an overview of national funding opportunities from Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency. 

Speakers include:

David Terry

ATETA Project, University of Birmingham

The ATETA project aims to promote research and innovation in the adoption of zero carbon energy technologies for eligible SME’s across several Local Enterprise Partnership areas. The project provides SMEs with access to a team of Knowledge Exchange Fellow’s who work with businesses in the University’s state-of-the-art research facilities to identify ways to improve efficiency, identify new market prospects, test and demonstrate new ideas and ultimately grow businesses. To date the programme has succeeded in generating a net income of almost £25 million for the local economy.

Jon Roberts

ARLI Project, University of Birmingham

The ARLI Project brings together a team of experienced academics and engineers to support SMEs in developing cost-effective products and processes, which provide energy-efficiency gains in the use of raw and waste materials. The project aims to identify waste streams, or other materials, that could be transformed into higher value goods for construction and other manufacturing industry applications. 

Dr Ewa Bloch

Innovate UK

Innovate UK is the National Innovation Agency. Ewa will provide an introduction to Innovate UK, with a focus on how they support innovative businesses and collaborations. Ewa will also discuss Innovate UK’s priorities for the coming year as well as the support on offer and funding opportunities to help companies grow and compete.

Dr Ewa Bloch represents Innovate UK across the West Midlands region, working closely with key strategic partners (WM Combined Authority, LEPs, Growth Hubs) and business support organisations to help enhance innovation activities and the impact of R&D in the region. Her focus is to promote the support and funding offered by Innovate UK and to develop synergies and complementarities between national, regional and local industrial and innovation priorities and funding programmes. 


07:30 – 08:00 Registration, Breakfast and Networking

08:00 – 08:45 Main Presentations

08:45 – 09:00 Pitches

09:00 – 10:00 Networking and Refreshments