Issue 39

January 2021 



Scientific Advice Service for health tech developers

Health Technology Wales is funded by the Welsh Government to appraise non-medicine technologies.

Read more about their new Scientific Advice Service here

Funding for your innovative decarbonisation ideas

Eligible businesses can apply for up to £50,000 from the EU funded SMART Cymru programme to explore the feasibility of decarbonisation ideas.

If your business wants to investigate the viability of transforming decarbonisation ideas into new products, processes or services, you can apply for a non-repayable grant to cover up to 70% of feasibility costs.

This is a competitive call closing on 31 JanuaryApply today



Businesses benefit from data-driven innovation

Based at Cardiff University the accelerator supports SME’s to apply data science for resilience and growth. Find out how this Welsh Government EU funding can help you use your data better.

More information here

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Are you making the most of your Intellectual Property?

The UK Intellectual Property Office, in collaboration with the Welsh Government is providing subsidised reviews of an SME’s IP assets – copyright, designs, trade marks or patents.

Whether you need to identify IP rights that exist within your business or would like to get more value from the rights that you already own, an independent IP Specialist will suggest how you can improve your IP management.

The IPO meets more than 80% of the audit cost. For more information and to check that your company meets the eligibility criteria, please contact:

Contracts awarded to businesses

In November 2020, we launched two SBRI challenges in response to the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic – Better Lives Closer to Home and Face Masks challenge. There was a great response to the calls, with 83 projects submitted, many of them from Welsh companies. Following assessment, contracts have been awarded for both challenges, with five projects being taken forward for the Better Lives Closer to Home Challenge and six for the Face Masks Challenge.

Read more about the successful projects here

IACW Research

Welsh Government is working with the Innovation Advisory Council for Wales (IACW) on two research projects to inform a new innovation strategy. This will help with planning for a future where Wales continues to welcome innovation in businesses, education, industry and across society. The research will then be the starting point for Welsh Government to involve stakeholders in developing the new strategy, so watch out for opportunities for engagement later this year.

Discover more about IACW here 


Wales plays host to partners from across Europe in the final of a series of virtual learning journeys designed to encourage innovation and increase prosperity. Read about the learning Journey here. The first phase of the project has seen the publication of its Policy Learning Document highlighting results of the Smart Territorial Mapping (STM) exercise, where partners from across Europe carried out a diagnosis of their Smart Specialisation Strategies in preparation for the development and Implementation of Regional Action Plans in the next phase of the project. View the report here 

Five Welsh businesses shortlisted as Tech Nation Rising Stars 

The Tech Nation Rising Stars Competition regional winners have been announced. Read more about the five Wales winners – Immersity, Iungo Solutions, Nightingale, Tendertec, and Yoello.

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Emerging Tech Fest 2021

26th  – 28th  of January 2021

The three day event will showcase some of the most exciting technology in Wales and beyond. Meaningful thought leadership, valuable connections and groundbreaking innovations, this virtual event experience will demonstrate how the innovative technology sector is transforming lives and industries. From micro businesses to multinational corporations.

View the programme and register here

On-Line Innovation Funding Support Surgery

The Welsh Government, in conjunction with Innovate UK, The Knowledge Transfer Network and Enterprise Europe Network, are holding an Innovation Funding Surgery Event to help selected Companies based in Wales prepare themselves better to:-

  • access R&D funding
  • run more effective Research & Development Projects
  • commercialise the results

10 February 2021, 10:00 - 17:00

Book your space here



Welsh government is committed to delivering more and better jobs for Wales, through a stronger, fairer economy. We will improve and reform our public services and eliminate inconsistent delivery. By working together for Wales, we will secure opportunity for all, and build a united, connected and sustainable country.

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