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|Title:||Festival Of Innovation To Spark Business Opportunities|
|Subtitle:||March 22nd - April 21st|
|ID & Publication:||20100311015 ~ The-Villager.co.uk |
|Subject:||Events (Local) |
Doncaster’s 2010 iFestival, that celebrates and promotes all forms of business innovation, is set to be a real eye opener for local businesses and budding entrepreneurs.
The iFestival kicks off next week (Monday, 22 March) with an event showcasing the Digital Region as a major business opportunity at Doncaster College’s Hub. This will provide people with more information on plans for a Digital Region and the opportunities this presents to local companies.
Six further events are planned looking at the low carbon economy, innovation in the food and drink industry, manufacturing and support so companies can become innovative.
These events will advise businesses on how to become more innovative, present opportunities for businesses to grow and diversify and provide an opportunity to network with other like minded companies.
A Digital Region Dragons Den event, based on the popular television show, takes place at the Hub on Friday 9 April between 10am and 3pm. This event invites entrepreneurs to pitch business ideas to a panel of experts ready to offer support and advice on how ideas can be taken from conception to reality. Application forms for anyone looking to take part are available at www.successdoncaster.co.uk/innovation
Doncaster's iFestival is building on the iFestival led by the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and is gaining national recognition for its work in encouraging companies to look at new ideas and creative business solutions. Doncaster first took part in the iFestival in 2009 with a successful event hosted at the airport on sustainable transport.
Councillor Jonathan Wood, Cabinet Member for Business and New Enterprise, said: 'A prosperous economy is at the heart of everything in Doncaster and what the council strives to achieve. Promoting innovation is vital to making our economy stronger and more resilient and that is why innovation is such an important strand in Doncaster’s Economic Strategy.
'Doncaster’s iFesitval will provide local companies with the support and advice they need to become more innovative in how they do business and this should help them achieve further business success.'
Daniel Fell, Head of Policy at Doncaster Chamber, said: 'The business case for increased innovation is profound. Any ambition a business may hold to compete in the global marketplace over the next decade will require it to innovate relentlessly. The borough scores comparatively poorly in terms of the percentage of private sector knowledge intensive jobs available, though the rate of employment in this sector is growing far beyond the national average, revealing both the urgent need for events such as the iFestival and the success of similar projects that have taken place in the last few years. Closer ties with local Universities will also be a crucial asset in the drive to innovate for local businesses.
'The Chamber is keen to see as many businesses take advantage of the opportunities offered by the iFestival, in what is a crucial area of development to make business ready for the challenges of the next generation.'
Further information on the 2010 iFestival and specific events can be found at: www.successdoncaster.co.uk/innovation Alternatively, you can email iFestival@doncaster.gov.uk or call 01302 734563.
|22nd March 2010
||Digital Region - A Major Business Opportunity
This event is designed to provide more information about the Digital Region and the business opportunities it will present.
|The Hub, Doncaster - 2pm
|23rd March 2010
||Yorkshire Science & Technology Network - Copenhagen, Innovation & the Race to Tackle Climate Change
This event will demonstrate how Yorkshire and Humber is one of the leading forces in the innovation race to a low carbon economy and rising to the challenge of climate change.
|Doncaster Racecourse, 6pm – 8.30pm
|9th April 2010
||Digital Region Dragons Den
Entrepreneurs will be invited to pitch their business ideas to a panel of experts who will be armed with a menu of support to take the idea from conception to reality.
For an application form please visit: www.successdoncaster.co.uk/innovation
|The Hub, Doncaster. 10am – 3pm
|13th April 2010
||Innovative Solutions for Food and Drink
CenFRA will open its doors to provide information and practical demonstrations of the innovative support available both locally and regionally to the food and drink industry. Featured will be Robotics and Automation, novel new product and packaging development plus enterprising supply chain growth and product provenance. An ideal opportunity for business-to-business networking.
|CenFRA facilities, Crompton Business Park, Doncaster, 10am – 4pm
|13th April 2010
||Profit from new ideas ... make innovation work in your business
This is a seminar designed to help you place ‘innovation’ profitably at the heart of your business. Organised by Enterprise Europe Yorkshire (EEY), this interactive event will help you identify the right innovation strategy for your business.
|Doncaster Racecourse, 10am- 3.30pm
|20th April 2010
||Showcasing Innovation in Manufacturing
This event will promote the level of innovation in the manufacturing industry within the Borough. It will be hosted by an internationally renowned manufacturer, Cooper Lighting, and showcase local and regional businesses.
|Cooper Lighting, Wheatley Hall Rd
3pm – 6pm
|21st April 2010
||Promoting the Innovation Offer in Doncaster
Most businesses know that innovation is key to survival and growth, but don’t know where to start. This event will work with a small number of Doncaster businesses to focus on the innovation process and understand how this can be applied to real business problems and used to grow, diversify and extract the full potential of companies. Presented by CIDA Innovation
|By Invitation Only.
Key Partners of the iFestival include
Invest in Doncaster
Enterprise Europe Yorkshire
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