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Innovation Network

The Innovation Network is an opportunity for business leaders and senior managers to connect with other ambitious businesses, investors, research establishments and innovation organisations, such as universities and technology specialists.

Greater Manchester has a long and rich history of innovation and is home to some of the UK’s brightest minds, most innovative businesses and world class institutions.

However, it can be difficult to make the right connections, find the right expertise or resources, or access new knowledge. There is a wealth of individuals in organisations across Greater Manchester, nationally and beyond with knowledge that could help you address your challenges. Being part of a network can make this easier and help turn new business opportunities to innovate into commercial success. 

To date, our vibrant community has been meeting and exchanging knowledge at quarterly Innovation in Action events, taking place at locations across Greater Manchester. We are now harnessing and further fueling this enthusiasm through an online community we're calling Innovation Exchange, as well as Innovation News bulletins to keep you up to date with the latest developments.

£5,000 Innovation VouchersGet the funding you need to access expert support to help your business innovate, develop and grow.

What's included in the Innovation Network?

Innovation events

Innovation in Action event

A series of lively networking events where the innovation community comes together to discuss hot topics and share ideas and experiences. Learn from your peers, industry experts and innovation specialists.

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Innovation News

GJD Managing Director Mark Tibbenham

Keep up to date with the latest developments in innovation, receive information about innovation funding calls and hear about what’s happening across Greater Manchester and beyond.   

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Innovation Community

Innovation Network

Our online community for business leaders and senior managers. Access the latest thinking and expertise, exchange knowledge, and connect with fellow members of the innovation community.

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Why should you join?

You should join the Innovation Network if you are:

A business person: Gain access to the knowledge held by other like-minded business people, in our world class universities, research institutes and specialist organisations. 

An individual involved in business engagement, technical experts and academic staff in universities, research organisations and specialist bodies: Interact with like-minded professionals to share knowledge, have sight of common topics, expand your subject matter knowledge and connect with potential commercial validation and technology transfer opportunities.

What can you expect?

The Innovation Network is not a sales platform – you will not be hounded with offers, promotions or advertising. But you will have access to the latest thinking, knowledge and expertise through events, news and other members of the network, who can help address your challenges or may know someone who can.

Innovation success stories

Kenny Waste Management Kenny Waste Management

Innovative vision to revolutionise recycling globally

Kenny Waste Management
LIG Nanowise LIG Nanowise

Manchester start-up launches world’s most powerful optical microscope

LIG Nanowise
GJD Manufacturing GJD Manufacturing

Innovation provides secure investment in global markets

GJD Manufacturing

Take your first steps towards innovation