Global Business Accelerator Visit to Canada

15/04/2018 - 5 Day Itinerary - Funded Visit

About the Event

This visit and accompanying programme of support will allow innovative companies to identify opportunities and solutions in the advanced manufacturing sector. The visit will bring together capabilities, ideas and funding options to enable the formation of agile and motivated partnerships in order to address current and future challenges in the advanced manufacturing sector.

FOCUS OF VISIT
The visit addresses opportunities and challenges in the advanced manufacturing sector.
A scoping mission to Canada in December 2017 highlighted the following findings where novel approaches are most welcome:
• Additive Metal manufactured parts generally require extensive machining and other finishing steps before they are ready for use.
• Complex, high-precision parts, e.g. turbine blades, can be very difficult to inspect in situ and even harder to affect repairs to the required standards
• Process standards and certification provide assurance for parts manufactured by conventional means, but are rarely applicable to additively produced parts
• Traceability and provenance tracking in non-item (e.g. Bulk material) parts through mixing, blending and processing are poorly supported by current tools, e.g. additive powders, food products and liquids
• Robustness and adaptability in material supply chains and production flows, especially in Lean supply chains, are vulnerable to disruption and unplanned events
• Robots and humans are generally separated to protect the safety of staff, limiting the value that could be realised from effective and safe ‘Co-bot’ operations
• Automated and robotic systems have proven their value is repetitive tasks with consistent materials, the challenges of flexible and adaptable systems still remains

DATE ACTIVITY
Sunday 15th April

AM - Travel to Toronto

PM - Dinner

Monday 16th April

AM - Market and Technology Orientation - Toronto, Ontario Funding and Project Development Workshop

PM - Scheduled one-to-one meetings with potential Canadian partners

Dinner

Tuesday 17th April

AM - Technology showcase visit - Ontario

PM - Travel to Winnipeg

Dinner

Wednesday 18th April

AM - Market and Technology Orientation - Winnipeg, Manitoba Funding and Project Development Workshop

PM - Scheduled one-to-one meetings with potential Canadian partners

Dinner

Thursday 19th April

AM - Technology showcase visit - Manitoba

PM - Return to UK

BENEFITS OF GLOBAL BUSINESS ACCELERATOR
• Fully funded 4-day visit to Toronto and Winnipeg (including flights, accommodation and meals)
• Introduction to Canada and its dynamic advanced manufacturing sector
• Identify possible opportunities and solutions to drive your company’s innovation
• Scheduled one-to-one meetings with leadingedge Canadian businesses
• Advice and support in developing a competitive Eurostars proposal to fund your innovation
• Ongoing bespoke business support from the Enterprise Europe Network

TRAVEL ARRANGEMENTS AND FUNDING
• For eligible UK companies: Flights, four nights accommodation and meals will be funded through the Global Business Accelerator Programme (one representative per company)
• All flights and accommodation will be organised on behalf of participating companies
• On acceptance to the Global Business Accelerator Programme a commitment fee of £300 will be obtained from each participant, which will be returned on successful completion of the programme

ELIGIBILITY
To participate in this visit, your business must be an SME established in the UK.

HOW TO APPLY
For further details and to access an application form, please visit:
https://accelerator-visit-uk-canada-2018.b2match.io

The closing date for submitting your application is Sunday 11th February.
Please be aware that submitting a full application does not mean you have been accepted onto the Global Business Accelerator Programme. It is a competitive process and you will be notified of the outcome by Friday 16th February.


Venue:

Canada,

Organiser Information:

Innovate UK

Contact:
Graham M Mobbs

Organiser Address:
Innovate UK
North Star House
North Star Avenue, Swindon
Wiltshire
SN2 1UE

Telephone numbers:
+44 (0)7824 599585

Email:
graham.mobbs@innovateuk.gov.uk

Website:
https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/innovate-uk