INNOVATE UK - Old Billingsgate, London, November 2014 TSB

Predicting future needs and identifying the technology needed to achieve those needs




The TSB are thrilled to announce that Innovate UK 2014 will be taking place at Old Billingsgate in November 2014. They're hoping to build a programme that will identify opportunities for innovation, export and investment for the UK’s most fortunate companies.


In London over the 5th and 6th of November join business, government and academic champions who will share their insights to help your business grow through innovation. You will hear from the likes of Richard Reed, founder of Innocent Drinks, Angela Strank, BP’s Chief Scientist, winner of the First Women Award for Science and Technology and Zoe Cunningham , one of Tech City’s top 100.

Register your details to stay up-to-date with the latest developments. Join Innovate UK 2014 to:

* Connect with other businesses at the UK’s largest innovation event 
* Showcase your innovations and share latest thinking with the business community 
* Develop ideas and explore collaborative opportunities across global markets 
* Network with UK and international business, government and academia 




The event programme is taking shape with key themes in 2014 to include: 


* Agri-Food, 

* Built Environment

* Digital  Economy, 

* Energy

* Healthcare

* High Value Manufacturing, 

* Space and Transport.

At Innovate UK 2014 you can discuss your business needs and discover collaboration opportunities with over 2000 inspirational attendees, speakers and exhibitors. As the only cross-sector innovation event focused on stimulating business deals you’ll benefit from the breadth of sectors and disruptive technologies including energy, food, future cities, transport, manufacturing, digital, healthcare and space. 

Another key attraction will be the Support Zone where you can find and meet experts who will guide you through the range of public and private support and funding opportunities including the £400m+ funding programme provided by Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board.




INNOVATION - The Ecostar DC50 is a prototype electric city sports car that incorporates the patent Bluebird™ instant energy transfer system - allowing EV recharging of road cars in around 60 seconds.  The blue bird legend continues. In 1998 the Dti said there was no future for battery electric cars, from where the inventors allowed their patent to lapse. The team developing the DC50 will be applying for an improvement patent based on the technological advances. The big question is, will the Dti (TSB) maintain their 1998 argument - or will they admit they got it wrong?



There are six dedicated innovation streams addressing cross-cutting sectors featuring:

• Ground Floor & Main Stage - The keynote platform at the centre of Innovate UK 2014. Hear from world-class expert speakers on the keynote stage and see ground-breaking technology and innovation in action. Meet 200 of the UK’s success stories – the companies and the people behind them

• The Lab - Practical sessions on how to take your ideas and business forward. Cutting-edge solutions, demonstrations of new to market technologies and the skills and tools that can help you achieve your goals

• Go Global - Workshop sessions to help you grow your market share and enter new markets

• Support - For a host of market intelligence, invaluable practical advice and key contacts who can help you to take your business to where you want to go next. Find out about the potential problems and pitfalls, how to avoid them and learn how to maximise the opportunities from your existing capabilities and expertise

• Connect - Find out how to get the most out of the UK’s start-up networks and meet the teams that have collaborated to achieve great results. Workshop sessions, real life case studies and success stories will show you how it’s really done. Take advantage to build on lessons learnt by others, widen your network of potential partners who can help you to fast-track your business strategy

• Fund - Whether you’re looking for funding, or want to identify the best investment prospects, Innovate UK 2014 will put a host of opportunities in front of you. If you’re an innovator, find the investors who will work with you to ensure the best possible chance of success for their investment and for your company. You’ll also learn how to deliver the perfect pitch, what really swings it with investors and how to make a strong, convincing business case. If you’re an investor, find out about the key sectors driving the innovation agenda and the companies and innovations best placed to deliver a return on your investment

Develop fruitful new relationships and partnerships to help your organisation prosper with the opportunity to talk to your peers and fellow professionals from the UK and overseas, build a network with other innovators and investors and of course make new business contacts. Innovate UK 2014 will be an extensive, thought provoking, stimulating, inspiring and challenging two days of business.








Sue Dunkerton

Sue Dunkerton

Director at The KTN

Knowledge Transfer Network

United Kingdom


Kenneth Morse

Chairman and CEO

Entrepreneurship Ventures Inc

United States



John Womersley

Chief Executive Officer

Science and Technology Facilities Council

United Kingdom


Steve Welch


Knowledge Transfer Network

United Kingdom


Alison Tickell


Julie's Bicycle

United Kingdom


Charles Wood

Managing Director

W.Ball & Son LTD - Baltex

United Kingdom


John Murray

Chief Executive

Society of Maritime Industries

United Kingdom


Ruth Mallors-Ray

Chief Operating Officer

Aerospace Technology Institute

United Kingdom


Duncan Forbes

Managing Director

Kingshay Farming and Conservation Ltd.

United Kingdom


David Hughes

Global Head of Technology Scouting



Dax Lovegrove

Director of Sustainability and Innovation

Kingfisher plc

United Kingdom


Jeremy Watson

Vice-Dean, Engineering Sciences

University College London

United Kingdom


Cyndi Rhoades

Closed Loop Executive Officer CEO

Worn Again

United Kingdom


Sir William Castell


The Wellcome Trust

United Kingdom


Michael Ruggier

Game Changer

Shell International B.V



Alan Kell

Managing Director

Intelligent & Green Systems Limited

United Kingdom


Nigel Spencer

Research & Business Development Manager

British Library

United Kingdom


Julie Meyer

Founder and CEO

Ariadne Capital

United Kingdom


Nick Fell

Director and Head

Tata Motors European Technical Centre PLC

United Kingdom


Will Hutton


Big Innovation Centre

United Kingdom


Angela Strank

Angela Strank

Group Chief Scientist

BP International

United Kingdom


Neil Gordon

Chief Executive Officer

Subsea UK

United Kingdom


Wendy Purcell

Vice-Chancellor and President

Plymouth University

United Kingdom


Alastair Kent


Genetic Alliance UK

United Kingdom


Dominic Campbell

Founder and Director


United Kingdom


Mark Hill


Open TRV Limited

United Kingdom


Phil Sharp

Offshore Skipper / Composites Engineer

Phil Sharp Racing

United Kingdom


Rob Maslin


We All Design

United Kingdom


Thomas Williams

User Experience Director


United Kingdom


Michael Davis

Chief Executive Officer

UK Commission for Employment and Skills

United Kingdom


Irene Ng

Professor of Marketing and Service Systems

WMG, University of Warwick

United Kingdom


Tony Clayton

Chief Economist

Intellectual Property Office

United Kingdom


Ben Todd

Managing Director

Arcola Energy

United Kingdom


Celia Caulcott

Executive Director, Innovation & Skills


United Kingdom


Grant Peggie

Director, Venture Capital Solutions

British Business Bank

United Kingdom


Wendy Nicholson

Wendy Nicholson

Head of Business Development

Edinburgh Research and Innovation at the University of Edinburgh

United Kingdom


Rachel Cooper

Distinguished Professor of Design Management and Policy / Board Member at Future

ImaginationLancaster, Lancaster University

United Kingdom


Haim Shani

Chairman UK Israel Tech Hub / Co-founder & General Partner of Israel Growth

UK Israel Tech Hub






The TSB work with business, research and policymakers to procure innovation that they favour. They focus on sure bets, companies that have collaborated in the past with other of their favoured developers. A strange ideal when looking for new ideas, but there we are. Indeed, by giving grants to existing traders, start up companies become even more disadvantaged, for without a track record, hence funding from banks, it makes it even more difficult for genuine new talent to get a look in - so maintaining a "state funded" monopoly situation for existing traders. In effect, newcomers will almost never get off the ground.


The TSB work to stimulate favored innovation by offering substantial part funding, if you'll share your idea with the big boys and open your books to audit (allow them to see who and how you are trading), which they see as profitable for the UK's corporations - who might then absorb fresh talent - without any IP penalty.


The world faces major challenges – whether climate change, resource use or ageing populations - which are creating global market opportunities for new solutions that governments want as cheaply and quickly as possible. The companies and countries which can adapt most rapidly are likely to gain the most benefit.


Between 1998-99 the predecessor to the TSB, the Dti Smart Awards, chose to ignore battery cars in refusing to part fund the development of an instant recharging system, saying that there was no future for battery electric vehicles. In so doing they gave away the technology lead to Israel (Better Place) and the USA (Tesla) where both companies took cartridge exchange forward, leaving the UK in the technology deep freeze. So you will forgive us for looking at the present system with some skepticism. The backroom boys got it wrong big time.


Will the system ever change? That is unlikely. Indeed, funding opportunities for these genuine pace setters is more likely to come from crowd funding, provided you steer clear of equity crowd funders who are looking to take over projects by offering less for an idea than the controlling (company shares) stake that they will insist on.





CONCEPT ORIGINAL:  The very first autonomous vessel concept is coming of age. This large scale (1:10) development model (or its immediate predecessor) was constructed by the inventor and exhibited at Earls Court, Child Beale and other events from 1995. The 'SolarNavigator' was a SWATH type twin hull 50' in length. There was no mention of the (unmanned) technology at that time for legal reasons. The boat was though powered by solar panels as the zero carbon harvesting power source. The Swiss beat the UK to it with PlanetSolar, proving that the concept was sound. The project manager in 1996 said: "It seems that I live in the wrong country to attract backers for such expeditions." Sadly, and despite the fact we were a nation of seafarers with a strong maritime tradition, that appears to be true. Note the absence of wind turbines. This vessel was designed to prove the theory that a solar powered vessel could circumnavigate the globe on nothing but energy harvested from nature as a means to halt climate change. BMS has now negotiated the right to show this model at commercial shows and conferences. Subject to notice, it could thus join the 1:20 scale SWASH model (presently under construction) on 'Future' or 'Innovation' stands from 2015. The SN model measures: 1675mm x 790 x 890mm (66" x 31" x 35" [LxWxH]) A rotating stand is available with lit backboard. The Bluebird/Bluefish autonomous models measure: 2300mm x 825mm x 735mm (90.5" x 32.5" x 29") with the turbines in a mid position. The overall height varies according to turbine usage. Contact BMS and ask Leslie for details.






To accelerate economic growth, the TSB use the promise of funding to extract ideas from innovators painlessly, which can then be shared among manufacturers for little cost.


If you have a business with the potential for high growth driven by technology-enabled innovation, you might find help here. Be careful though not to give away your ideas, for once the TSB has seen them, for practical purposes they are in the melting pot for all the large companies that have been servicing the UK's military needs in past decades. Nothing really changes. An associate company was told that Patent fees are not eligible expenses, which ensures that applicants are not covered and are unlikely to own the IP they are feeding into the cauldron - so have little control over buy outs/sell outs.

The TSB's specific objectives are to encourage existing UK businesses in, science and supply chains to benefit commercially from developments they discover from independent innovators by hosting 'competitions' inviting proposals. Those with truly original ideas should not entertain giving patentable knowledge away lightly, and might look elsewhere for more suitable forms of funding, which, in the UK is as rare and rocking horse doo, doo. For those with incremental advancement (nothing patent-able), there is not so much to lose.


UK innovators generally have more success in foreign markets, where conservative Britain will never recognize innovation as an acceptable commercial risk, unlike other European states, but more particularly the Middle East, where investors are not shy of a gamble. Let the UK keep their stiff upper lip, finance and investment is now a global business.



Innovate UK 2015 at Old Billingsgate, London, November


ROBOTIC OCEAN CLEANER - The SeaVax seen above as a 'proof of concept' model, could one day be a 44 meter (144 ft) ship that roams the high seas scooping up plastic pollution. The same vessel might be equipped with an oil spill recovery module in dual-purpose. The stand seen here is made especially for Innovate 2015 from recycled materials.


Such projects are unlikely to be fundable by any of the so-called grants on offer from Innovate UK (or Horizon 2020) for all the reasons given above. It is far to visionary and will require significantly more capital than the 60-70% they might kick in if there is a call at the right time - and that is another issue, how can there be a call in good time for something that the European taskmasters could never have envisioned - and will have to educated about before they might consider issuing a call! It is a crazy world.


A more promising alternative is corporations with responsible agendas. Yes, there are quite a number of companies out there who would rather contribute some of their profits to worthy causes, than hand it straight to over to the tax man.






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INNOVATION TOO FAR - The Bluefish ZCC (Zero Carbon Cruiser) platform promises truly emission free transport on our oceans, based on patent (pending) technology. The ZCC concept is based on a stable SWASH hull. The company is looking for EU collaborative partners for the Horizon 2020 call. The ship may be robotic for autonomous operation at relatively high speed in the 7-10 knot range - 24/7 and 365 days a year. This is only thought to be possible with the revolutionary energy harvesting system. This super efficient vessel pays for itself in diesel fuel saved every ten years.


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