Acceleration Through Innovation (ATI)

ATI is a three year project led by the University of Plymouth which aims to deliver high value, high impact interventions and provide intensive support to businesses who are ‘innovation ready’. Through this programme we will assist businesses across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly helping them to bring forward new to market/new to firm innovations which drive up growth and productivity.

Supported by Cornwall Council, ATI seeks to take the concept of the Cornwall Innovation Centres out to the wider business community.

Acceleration Through Innovation is a £3,000,000 three year project in partnership with Cornwall Innovation that delivers smart and beneficial ideas whilst providing intensive support to businesses that are ready to innovate. ATI differentiate themselves from the market by offering niche innovation expertise led by recognised specialists and certified innovation professionals. This provides employer and employee led innovation which inspires new ways of thinking whilst adding value to your business. This creates an opportunity for businesses to implement their innovative processes and to trial the market. The project will work with the SME community to develop a culture of innovation across all levels enabling businesses to attend masterclasses and pop-up innovation centres whilst linking with other networks at the innovation clubs held across Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly.

ATI seeks to take the concept of Cornwall Innovation out to the wider business community and will be delivering effective innovation practice across nine different locations including Bude, Launceston, Liskeard, Looe, Bodmin, Newquay, St Austell, St Marys (IOS) and Penzance.

The pop-up innovation centres will be running for one to three months at a time across the county and will allow businesses to create links and valuable networks from the available meeting room space, superfast broadband connection and at hand workshops. These pop-up centres will be particularly beneficial to the SMEs who are unable to use the facilities at the three Cornwall Innovation Centres located in Truro, Falmouth and Pool. Following on from this, advisory sessions and prototyping technology will be available to allow businesses to grow to the next level of progression within their business path.

Within these centres, opportunities to meet business professionals of interest will be available at the Innovation Clubs where innovation advisors will be creating inspiration amongst the members and these clubs will run alongside the Innovation Acceleration Days and the unique two day Master Classes.

At the end of the three year project an exclusive Cornwall Innovation Conference will be held with recognised key note speakers delivering noteworthy advice, guidance and consultation to the innovative businesses.

European Regional Development Fund (ERDF)

The University of Plymouth is proud to be supported by the European Regional Development Fund. As one stream of funding under the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme 2014 - 2020, the ERDF focuses on smart, sustainable and inclusive growth. The main priorities involve contributions to research and innovation, supporting and promoting small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and the creation of a low carbon economy.