Grant and funding opportunities for companies in the Cambridge Norwich Tech Corridor

24th May 2019

Grant funding is vital to many businesses in the region, and here we highlight some of the programmes and competitions currently open to ambitious tech firms.

UK Italy tech showcase

Fancy a tech trip to Milan?

The Department for International Trade Italy, based at the British Consulate General Milan, is working with Regione Lombardia to plan the first Italy Tech Show, a two day initiative on 10 and 11 March, hosted in Milan’s skyscraper Pirelli, home of Regione Lombardia.

The event has a strong focus on technology and innovation and originates from the desire to increase the opportunities for collaboration and contamination between the UK and Italy. It will offer highly innovative companies a series of networking and high-visibility initiatives, that will also include VIP guests.

The first day of the project – March 10 – has been thought as a European platform for women-leaders from different countries who work in the tech field, to discuss and share their experiences. The day will end with the European Women in Tech Awards ceremony.

On the second day of the project – March 11 – the UK-Italy Tech Showcase will be open to selected guests from business, research, institutions, universities and the press and will offer invitees the opportunity to engage and interact with various high-level and innovative products and technologies from both countries.

The dates proposed coincide with the Milan Digital Week (11-15 March), a citywide festival dedicated to technology and innovation with more than 500 events happening in the city within the same week.

Businesses can apply now to join the showcase, but the closing date is Monday, January 20. Find out more about the event in this brochure.

To apply, fill in the form here.

Business events growth programme

The Business Events Growth Programme (formerly known as the Event Support Programme) forms part of Government’s commitment to build the business events sector, supporting the attraction of international business events which align with the Government’s priority industry sectors, and growing the international profile of business events in the UK.

VisitBritain has been tasked by Government to promote business event tourism through the establishment of a Business Events Growth Programme for winning international events to the UK, and developing and internationalising growth events already in the UK.

Grants of up to £20,000 are available to support two different types of events:

  • Bid Enhancement & Support for the winning of new international business events for the UK (formerly Live Bids)
  • International Delegate Growth to support the growth of existing business events in the UK (formerly Internationalising Growth Events)

Click here to find out more.