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FGB003: Richard Harrison, Inovaris talks SME grants | Horizon2020 | Business Growth Service demise

Fast Growth BusinesssIn this third edition of the Fast Growth Business podcast, Richard Harrison, Director of innovation consultants, Inovaris, provides founders and entrepreneurs with some tips on navigating the world of grants and also gives us his thoughts on recent cut-backs to business support services such as the Business Growth Service.

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Diving into the interview with Richard Harrison we discuss the following:

  • Horizon 2020 – challenges involved and which organisations it typically suits
  • Typical time-frames for grant applications
  • Alternatives to Horizon2020 – that might be preferable for many SMEs
  • Certain grants that can allow salary costs as the ‘matched funding’
  • Problems in navigating available grant funding (without expert help)
  • Closure of the Business Growth Service – impact on Growth Accelerator, Manufacturing Advisory Service etc

You can find Richard at Inovaris or on Linkedin.

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We hope you enjoy it!

The Don’t Be a Banker scholarship!

We were busy running off a grant report for one of our tech startups when we stumbled across this inspired scholarship opportunity from Mint digital:

“The Don’t Be a Banker Scholarship – £4,000 – aimed at steering talented graduates away from a career in banking”

I originally thought it must be some kind of joke but its for real. What a fantastic idea!

The blurb states that the grant is also available for those graduates seeking to join large consulting firms so perhaps, if this had been released earlier, it could have “saved me from myself” too…..

Bad news: I understand the timelimit for applications has closed. Boo hoo