Innovation loans: July 2019 open competition

Fund Name: Innovation loans: July 2019 open competition
Project Length: Up to 5 years
Project Value: £100k-£1m
Deadline: 18/09/2019

Summary

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late-stage projects with the best game-changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.

Fund Details

The aim of this competition is to help businesses overcome barriers to the best cutting edge, game-changing innovations becoming a successful commercial reality. This includes making a considerable economic impact and/or resulting in significant, sustainable business growth.

Your proposal must demonstrate:

  • a clear game-changing and/or disruptive innovative idea
  • that your idea can lead to innovative products, processes or services that are significantly ahead of others in the field or that it includes prototyping, demonstrating, piloting, testing and validation in environments that represent real-life operating conditions
  • a strong and deliverable business plan that addresses (and documents) market potential and needs
  • a team, business arrangement or working structure with the necessary skills and experience to run and complete the project successfully and on time
  • awareness of all the main risks the project will face, with realistic management, mitigation and impact minimisation plans for each
  • sound, practical financial plans and timelines that represent good value for money
  • a clear, evidence-based plan to deliver significant economic impact, return on investment (ROI) and growth through commercialisation, as soon as possible after project completion

Loans will also be declined for businesses:

  • we consider unable to afford the interest and repayments on the loan
  • that have not demonstrated that they are unable to obtain finance from other sources on suitable terms
Eligibility

Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million are available to fund your project’s eligible costs.

Interest 3.7% per annum on anything you borrow, with additional interest at 3.7% accrued and deferred until the repayment period.

Projects should last up to 5 years and are expected to start by March 2020.

To take on an innovation loan for a project you must:

  • be a UK based micro, small or medium-sized enterprise (SMEs)
  • carry out your project in the UK
  • intend to exploit the results from or in the UK
  • give evidence that your business is suitable to take on a loan
  • Individuals, research organisations and large companies are not eligible for innovation loans.
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If you think that you might be eligible for this fund, please Get In Touch by filling out the contact form below.

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