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Smart thinkers invited to pitch ideas for new technologies

posted 14 Apr 2010, 02:29 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 14 Apr 2010, 02:32 ]

A top team of innovation investors is visiting South Yorkshire this month to find out if the manufacturing community has what it takes to come up with cost-busting new technologies.


A specialist team dedicated to identifying and safeguarding new, clean energy and low-carbon technology is inviting the region’s SMEs to a networking event at the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham. They are hoping the event will help them unearth clever ideas that can be commercialised for the benefit of the inventor and the wider business community – and help the innovators protect their hard work from copycats.


“Business opportunities in a low-carbon future” will be held at the AMP Technology Centre on Friday April 23, 2010 from 1-5pm. The free event is open to anyone who is interested in finding out more about the varied opportunities – including up to £70,000 in business support from the Carbon Trust – in developing energy-saving technologies.


Ben Wyatt, of organisers Mathys & Squires, a leading firm of Intellectual Property attorneys, said: “The innovative technologies which will deliver the necessary carbon savings needed to reduce manufacturers’ overheads and their environmental impact may already exist in a basic form.


“Our challenge is to uncover the processes in use, and work out how they can be made more efficient. It’s possible that, in a Yorkshire factory, someone has implemented a money-saving solution on a small scale that could be commercialised and save money on a much larger scale. This event is about tapping into the manufacturing knowledge base here to see if anyone has an idea that could make them money – and help UK plc become more energy efficient.”


The event includes a series of presentations by experts in research, technology and investment as well as Intellectual Property. Sponsors include: British technology transfer company Isis Innovation; technology commercialisation catalyst Morgan Linley; the Yorkshire Association of Business Angels; EA Technology Ventures; CO2 Sense Yorkshire; and the Energy Innovation Centre, an incubation unit dedicated to the energy sector.


Many of the organisations based at the AMP, including the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing (AMRC) and TWI Yorkshire Technology Centre are helping manufacturers of all sizes work smarter.


The senior business development manager of South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing and Metals (AMM) team, Joe Anwyl, said: “The AMP is becoming world renowned, populated by companies and entrepreneurs turning vision into business and bringing contracts, investment and jobs into the regional – and national - economy. This event will further cement that reputation for attracting forward-thinking companies to the heart of the UK’s advanced manufacturing sector.”


For further information about the event and to reserve a place, contact Ben Wyatt at Mathys & Squire LLP, or 0161 870 5900.