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Innovate Manchester: Changing the way we produce and consume

Date: 10th June 2020
Location: Online Event
Time: 9:30am - 11:00am
Theme: Business Strategy, Innovation

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As part of our first theme Changing the way we produce and consume Innovate Manchester invites businesses of all sizes from all sectors and industries as well as academics that wish to explore:

  • Sustainability as an innovation driver
  • Enabling circular economy (e.g. Zero Waste, Reuse, Refill)
  • Designing sustainable products or services
  • Digital transformation and new technologies (e.g. manufacturing, advanced materials, augmented/virtual reality)
  • Supply chain Innovation
  • Cultural and behavioural change (internally and externally towards consumers, employees and other key-stakeholders)


Stage 1: Webinar

10th June - 9:30-11:00am

Audiences will have the opportunity to be inspired by a panel of high profile speakers (further details below) of industry and academic leaders who will provide insights about technologies, innovations and funding opportunities available in Greater Manchester. There will also be a Q&A and a networking event.

Stage 2: Virtual Innovation Lab

Part 1- 17th June, 9.30am to 12.00pm

Part 2 - 18th June, 9.30am to 12.00pm

Limited places available and invite-only! Through expert facilitation, the Virtual Innovation Lab will invite participants to co-create real-world innovative solutions to solve key challenges for a more sustainable future.

The Virtual Innovation Lab is a full-day workshop which, due to taking place virtually, we have split across two days to create a better experience. You can express an interest to attend during the registration process for the webinar on this page.

Why Changing the way we produce and consume?

For decades now we are seeing an unprecedented growth of consumer driven societies, and a growing rate of production, consumption, and disposal of goods. At the same time, we are now more than ever aware of the societal and environmental impacts of that behaviour and often leads to the ongoing debate: Who is ultimately responsible for changing the way we consume? The business or the consumer?

The truth is there is no single answer to this debate. If we truly wish to accelerate change and create more sustainable, ethical, responsible production and consumption we have to focus on the things that unite us, we need to work collaboratively.

We have now access to unparalleled scientific knowledge, advanced materials and emerging technologies. Understanding how these might be interconnected and making use of these tools could enable us to create innovative applications and solutions across all industries from manufacturing, production and waste management, to e-commerce, healthcare, digital and tech, opening the way for new business models in the circular economy, zero waste and other areas.


The event will be chaired by Manchester's globally renowned entrepreneur Vikas Shah MBE.

  • Prof Michael Shaver (FRSC, FIMMM) is Professor of Polymer Science in the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Manchester.
  • Sophie Walker, COO and Co-Founder at Dsposal
  • Stuart Hayward Higham, Technical Development Director at SUEZ recycling and recovery UK



9.15 - Start - Attendees join

9.30 - Vikas Shah MBE - Welcome & Intro

9:35 - FutureEverything - Intro to the Innovation Lab process

9.40 - Prof Michael Shaver - Keynote presentation

9.55 - Thought Provocations

10.10 - Panel Discussion (40 min + 10 Q&A)

11.00 - Event ends

About Innovate Manchester

Innovate Manchester is an ambitious events programme enabling collaboration between corporates, SMEs and academia by shaping innovative propositions for key-challenges.

Through expert facilitation webinars and virtual Innovation labs, participants are invited to co-create innovative solutions towards a more sustainable future for all, responding to themes ranging from sustainability and industry 4.0 to data ethics and Human-Centric design.

Businesses looking to access specialist support can visit for more information about the organisation’s extensive range of services.

Innovate Manchester and other GC Business Growth Hub projects are part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the GM Business Growth Hub project designed to help ambitious SME businesses achieve growth and increase employment in Greater Manchester. The Hub is also supported by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and Greater Manchester local authorities.

Innovate Manchester was initiated in partnership with MIDAS and curated by FutureEverything

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