Innovate UK – The UK’s leading multi-sector innovation & trade event for business

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The Technology Strategy Board (TSB) and UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) have partnered in North London this week to bring us Innovate UK, a combination of the previously successful Innovate and TechWorld events.

The three day event has attracted an estimated 4,000 delegates from UK and International business, Government and academia. Highlights over the three days have included: [Day 1] a showcase of what UK innovation has to offer both domestic and international businesses and investors; [Day 2] a showcase of market opportunities and cutting edge technologies in a range of priority areas, including business opportunities in energy security, environmental stability and opportunities created by the 2020 and 2050 low carbon energy targets and [Day 3 – today] targeted at growing businesses, bringing together leading entrepreneurs, investors and support organisations all under one roof.

The aim of the event is to drive economic growth by stimulating business-led innovation and opening up international trade opportunities for the UK’s brightest technological innovators. Over two years, businesses that have attended Innovate and TechWorld generated over £70m worth of UK trade as a direct result with attendees from either show identifying new business growth opportunities.

Iain Gray, Chief Executive of the Technology Strategy Board said: “All our exhibitors are specially selected by the Technology Strategy Board and UKTI to feature at the exhibition and are ones that can demonstrate truly innovative products, services or technologies that have been developed here in the UK.”

Nick Baird, Chief Executive of UK Trade & Investment said: “Over the last two years, 65% of businesses that attended Innovate and TechWorld have identified new business opportunities and 77% said they learned something that would help them to innovate. By bringing the events together we hope to deliver even more success for UK businesses whether by helping them grow through innovation, international trade and investment or collaborative opportunities.”

As we experienced at the World Future Energy Summit in Abu Dhabi earlier in the year, we are starting to see money flow back into deals, which have been shown to make money.  Let’s hope we can replicate this in the UK.

For more information, visit www.innovateuk2013.co.uk or follow the event on Twitter @InnovateUK or join the conversation on connect

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