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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.


Intro to Commercialisation
2nd October 2017

Cumbria Innovations Platform Showcase Event – Barrow (TBC)
31st October 2017
An opportunity to hear about this and the Eco-Innovation project and find out about the opportunities available to support SME’s in Cumbria.

Eco-Innovation Residential – Ambleside
7th & 8th November 2017
Two-day with overnight stay. Be part of a small cohort working together in response to an industry challenge with supporting workshops and speaker sessions.

The Innovation – Penrith
9th November 2017
Taking an idea and making it happen.

Financing Innovation – Energus
15th November 2017
Financing business, finding funding and investment mechanics.

Open Eco-innovation Forum – Carlisle
7th December 2017
An industry challenge event.

Managing your Message- venue TBC
12th Dec 2017
Effective communication, inbound marketing, companies and corporate processes.

Marketing & Sales
18th Jan 2018

Building, Managing & Presenting your IP & Assets
19th April 2018

Business Development and Developing the Business
4th July 2018

The Team
28th Sept 2018

The Innovation
23rd October 2018


More information on the workshops will be available soon.

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 enterprise.services@cumbria.ac.uk 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.