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There are several regional, UK and EU-wide funding schemes available that support collaboration and encourage innovation between businesses and universities.

Potential funding sources include:

Innovate UK (previously known as the Technology Strategy Board)

Innovate UK funds, supports and connects businesses to accelerate economic growth. They run regular funding calls throughout the year and also offer an Innovation Voucher scheme to pay for an external expert, such as Kingston University, to help your business grow. Innovate UK is sponsored by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills. 

Support with employing a high-level graduate – Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

Up to 60% funded by Innovate UK, Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) can grow your business through employing a graduate to manage a strategic project with the additional support of an academic. Visit our KTP pages or the Innovate UK KTP website. 

Horizon 2020

The largest-ever EU research and innovation programme will release nearly €80 billion of funding between 2014 and 2020.

Horizon 2020 is open to businesses, public bodies, charities and healthcare providers and is focused on three areas: science, industrial leadership or societal challenges. 20% of the programme's budget is allocated for SMEs. 

Kingston University is a willing partner and has been involved with several bid applications. To find out more, visit the Horizon 2020 UK website.

If you could like to speak to one of our business development managers about funding opportunities for your organisation, visit our contact us pages.

Funding from Kingston University for start-up enterprises

Kingston Enterprising Women is a network for women setting up their own ventures. In addition to a series of free workshops, participants can gain expert business mentoring and funding. Keep an eye on our events pages for future dates.

Kingston University students and graduates have the opportunity to bid for part of a £20,000 start-up fund via the Enterprise! entrepreneurship programme. Visit the Bizboard website for further information.

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