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Are there magic potions for turning ideas into innovations? 

In a world increasingly pre-occupied by innovation, research is giving way to experimentation. The ‘test of time’ is less easy to apply: by the moment when time may reveal its conclusions, something new will have replaced what we were testing. Thus the concept of Action Learning is becoming increasingly relevant – trying something out and learning from how it went; and with it so is ‘process’ – how we do what we do.  This site is all about sharing experience and the turning of ideas into innovations.

Material on the site is divided into five overlapping areas – each of these leads to separate sections of the site which provide material, information, and contacts.

  • Early-stage ventures –  Incubators, science parks, angel groups and accelerators
  • Larger organisations –  open innovation, managing innovation, delivering innovation
  • Academia – startup spaces, spinouts, collaboration, outreach
  • Supportership – champions, mentoring, coaching, facilitating, learning
  • Opportunities – IT, Creative Industries, Life Sciences, Hi-value manufacturing

Most recent material published:

  • Four incubator initiatives (12/11/2018) - Four Incubator initiatives Incubators have taken to developing specific aspects of support (Edinburgh University); to buying in wholesale support (from the likes of Accelerator Academy), to adapting a well–recognised accelerator format (the Crick Centre) and even selling their support programmes to … Continue reading
  • Accelerator Policy: the future after Brexit (11/29/2018) - Accelerator Policy: the future after Brexit The UK will need to establish its own policies and its own grant regime to replace the grants currently available from the EU, and crucially and urgently needs a locus to carry this out. EU … Continue reading
  • Incubators getting more pushy (11/22/2018) - Incubators are getting more pushy Once simply providers of cheap accommodation for a number of young companies, Incubators are slowly taking the bull by the horns and adopting active ways of helping their tenants to develop their businesses. Proactive staff: Incubator … Continue reading

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