Innovation Month: EIRA Showcase
Join EIRA for our final Showcase event!
Thursday 24th June 2021, from 9am – 5pm
After three years of connecting businesses with the research power of our university partners, the EIRA Showcase offers you the best and final chance to hear from the people who have supported our projects from the ground up.
Come and find out about the new technologies that have been developed thanks to EIRA funding and discover how we’ve supported academics to commercialise their research. We’ll be celebrating EIRA’s success across the region, sharing best practice and signposting businesses, academics and students / graduates to the support available to ensure their future growth.
For more information and to book your place, visit our registration page on Hopin.
9 – 9:30am – Breakfast Networking & Expo
9:30 – 10am – Keynote Presentations
How has EIRA increased knowledge exchange and boosted productivity in the East of England? These keynotes will address the impact, success and stories from our project, with Prof. Christine Raines, University of Essex, Prof. Fiona Lettice, University of East Anglia and Prof. Shane Weller, University of Kent
10 – 10:45am – New Technologies
Explore the ground-breaking research we’ve supported across our three core themes in this session with Prof. Tracy Lawson, University of Essex, Dr. Jordi Asher, University of Essex, Dr. Sheng Qi, University of East Anglia and Prof. Ian McLoughlin, Singapore Institute of Technology
11 – 11:45am – Enabling R&D
Discover how we’ve enabled businesses across the region to increase productivity and innovation through our R&D grant scheme with Jon Neal, CEO of Suffolk Mind, David Attoe, IoT Development Director at Cloudfm Group, Daniel Jolles, PhD Psychology student at University of Essex, Prof. Mark Smales, University of Kent, Dr. David Beal, University of Kent, Dr. Paul Bennett, Principle Scientist at Sekisui Diagnostics and Oli Hilbourne, Founder & Director at Outfield Technologies.
11:50 – 12:35pm – Enabling Innovation Vouchers
Find out how smaller grants of up to £6k have given businesses the access to research, specialist facilities and academic expertise they need to solve problems and scope new business ideas. With John Farley, Director of Sutherlands of Portsoy, Robert Rose, Museum Manager at Braintree District Museums Trust, Daniel Spencer, Strategic Director, Curveball Media and Jon Pierre, CBO at Mantle Labs.
12:35 – 1:05pm – Lunch, Networking & Expo
1:05 – 1:35pm – Conversations with the KEMs
Learn more about the range of support available to your business through universities and funding programmes. Grab a cuppa and pose your burning questions to our Knowledge Exchange Managers.
1:35 – 2:05pm – Panel Q&A
Chaired by Phil Ward, Director of the Eastern Arc, our panel of business and academic experts will be taking questions from the audience on a range of topics related to knowledge exchange, collaborative working and university support for businesses. With Eliot Wood, Co-founder of WYSPR, Oliver Bourne, Co-founder of WYSPR, Prof. Theresa Gannon, University of Kent, Louise Wall, Senior Policy Advisor at UKRI and Oli Hilbourne, Founder & Director at Outfield Technologies.
2:05 – 2:20pm – End of an EIRA: Celebrating our Success
Our closing plenary will be delivered by Dr. Kirstie Cochrane, EIRA Director & Deputy Director of Enterprise at University of Essex.
2:20 – 5pm – Expo Time
Wander round the virtual exhibition area and explore the range of businesses EIRA has supported over the last 3 years.