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Free business start-up workshops

Fully funded by Eastbourne Borough Council, Edeal run free Business Start-up Workshops for residents thinking of starting a business in Eastbourne.

Workshops are a full day and focus on specific business start-up topics giving delegates the essential skills they need to set-up and grow a successful enterprise.

The next workshop will take place on: Thursday 21 June 10am to 4pm at BPE Business Connections in Greencoat House, 32 St Leonards Road, Eastbourne, BN21 3UT.

For more information and to book your place: www.edeal.org.uk/news/free-business-start-up-workshops-in-eastbourne-next-workshop-thursday-21st-june-2018-.php

£10 Million Innovation Fund Launched to Improve Construction Industry Productivity

The ConstrucTech Technology Accelerator is a £10 million innovation fund designed to solve some of the biggest construction industry challenges. The programme provides an opportunity for businesses to trial and ultimately win a contract with the construction company Colmore Tang.

The provider wishes to encourage businesses from across sectors to apply their skills and expertise to the construction industry through ConstrucTech. Funding will be provided to those companies that can successfully show how their innovation and technology could improve the sector’s productivity, sustainability and skills issues.

Colmore Tang and Virgin StartUp are calling for businesses to address the following problems:

  • People: improving analysis of performance, sharing best practice across building projects, measurement of quality and also implementation of health and safety.
  • Data: using data to pre-empt potential delays, more efficient material ordering, more effective use of labour along with use of performance data to improve cost, timescales and estimates of new projects for future clients.
  • Smart Materials: design and implementation of materials to improve sustainability; improve safety and finding materials which are digitally connected.

Selected start-ups will join a six-week programme, giving them access to:

  • Mentoring - meet and learn from entrepreneurs and subject matter experts.
  • Access to market support - access to product validation and a go-to-market strategy with a chance to pitch to Colmore Tang executives.
  • Office space - access to office space at Virgin StartUp headquarters in London for the duration of the programme.
  • Funding - possible access to the Colmore Tang £10 million innovation fund for in-market trials.

Find out more and apply online by 31 May 2018: https://www.virginstartup.org/constructech