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The Innovation Development Programme is a new programme delivered by Lancaster University Management School and has been specifically designed for senior decision makers of Cumbria based SMEs. This six month programme will provide you with the tools you need to explore new markets, adapt to a changing environment, identify opportunities for product and service development, and implement an innovative mind-set within your business.

Next cohort starts: October 2018

Apply for your place now!

What’s involved?

  • An overnight experiential over 2 days (1 night) to build relationships with your peer group
  • Monthly, interactive workshops delivered by leading academics and experts
  • An Open Innovation Challenge set by a large company to explore best practise and innovative solutions
  • Access to Masterclasses delivered by inspirational, world-class speakers

Workshops over the six months, will cover: 

  • Developing a culture of innovation and innovative teams
  • Types of innovation
  • Innovation in the world around you
  • Creating dynamic business models
  • Idea generation and evaluation
  • Understanding and applying open innovation

How will it benefit you?

  • Learn the tools and techniques necessary to accelerate business innovation
  • Develop skills and confidence through interaction with a group of like-minded delegates
  • Create a lasting culture of innovation in your business
  • Access to specialist equipment and expertise to aid with progression of your ideas

Who will deliver it?

This programme will be delivered by Lancaster University Management School, which is ranked in the UK’s top ten and is among the world’s top 100 business schools.


This is a fully-funded programme available to European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) eligible companies.

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 any question or want to speak to one of our team, please email cuspenquiries@lancaster.ac.uk or call:


Pete Cornwall to find out more about our innovation development programme

+44 (0)1524 510 728


Stewart Kember to find out more about digital product design

+44 (0)1524 510 444


Sarah Allison to find out more about our innovation workshops

+44 (0)1228 888 740


Alex Robson to find out more about the scientific facilities on offer: 

+44 (0)1524 593 797


We look forward to talking to you.