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Access Innovation is a programme that enables you access one to one advice, workshops, funding and specialist expertise. The programme was put together based on the requests, needs and preferences of the people of Leeds City Region. Because of this, we have a range of exciting and interesting events that were put together with you in mind. You can access all of the below events and many more through the Access Innovation programme, which you can register for here.

Design Thinking for Business Growth
Wed, 6 February 2019, 10:00 – 16:00
York Mills, York Road, Mirfield, West Yorkshire, WF14 9RR

Our world is changing. It’s changing fast. Businesses are looking for new ways to deliver their products and services that keep them ahead of the game and ensure innovation is at the heart of their process.

More and more companies are turning to design thinking tools and methodologies to transform their approach to planning, strategy, customer services and ideas generation.

Design thinking is the umbrella term for creative approaches to problem-solving, using techniques originating from design practice. It is being applied in many contexts to frame and solve problems, and to stimulate innovation across a broad range of business and social environments.

Design Network North – Rise & Design: Applications of Immersive Technologies
Fri, 8 February 2019, 09:00 – 12:00
National Science and Media Museum, Bradford, BD1 1NQ

Immersive Technologies (such as Augmented and Virtual Reality) are now starting to come into their own as a tool for businesses, as well as education, training, architectural and urban design and much more. 

This event will showcase both the latest technology and a range of ways that businesses are using Immersive Technologies to create, understand and explore their world in new ways.

Speakers include:

Simon Barrett, Cooperative Innovations
Cooperative Innovations are an Immersive Technology Studio based in Leeds. Their clients include BBC R&D and Framestore, and were shortlisted for VR Compamny of the Year in the 2018 VRAwards. Simon will describe some of their recents projects, and highlightthe ways that AV and VR are helping businesses explore new opportunities.

James Fenwick, Citu
Citu are a cutting edge property development company that focus on great design to create sustainable properties. Their Virtual Reality Experience (VRE) allows customers to navigate themselves through a digital and virtual home within Citu’s new Leeds city centre Climate Innovation District – the largest sustainable development in the UK. Customers can also customise the Citu Home to their specific requirements, and view performance data such as heat loss etc. James will talk abut the development of this application and the way it has enhanced the experience for Citu and their clients.

Leeds Access to Finance 
12 February 2019, 09:30 – 16:00
Ward Hadaway 5 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

Is your business committed to growth? Based in the Leeds City Region and looking for funding? 

Then join us for a one-day event with RTC North, Ed/ge Innovation and Ward Hadaway, who will make it easier for your business to get hold of the money that will accelerate your growth. Delivered as part of the Access to Innovation programme, You’ll be provided with:

  • An understanding of what types of investment suit specific business types and funding needs
  • Summary of what investment is available in the area
  • What investors look for, as described by a panel of active investors
  • What content is required in a pitch to investors
  • Pitch delivery, through a practical session.

Want to talk to someone about the programme? 



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