Acceleration Through Innovation (ATI) is helping businesses within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly to take their ideas from concept to reality. First launched in 2017, ATI is a 3 year £3million project supported by the ERDF to drive a culture of innovation and assist businesses who are looking to adopt innovative processes, or who have aspirations to bring a new product or service to the market.
Led by the University of Plymouth and in partnership with Cornwall Innovation, ATI facilitates Pop-up Innovation Centres which take the services and support of the Innovation Centres out into the wider business community.
ATI differentiates itself from the market by offering world renowned innovation expertise accredited by the Institute of Innovation and Knowledge Exchange (IKE). Our Certified Business Innovation Advisors utilise IKE’s tools and frameworks to share innovation knowledge and accelerate the pace of innovation within small to medium sized enterprises. Businesses receive a bespoke innovation audit, followed by a minimum of 12 hours of specialist support with our Business Innovation Advisors, who will offer clarity on the innovation process, guidance and consultancy throughout your innovation journey.
Businesses working with ATI can also benefit from access to world class research and facilities from our lead partners at the University of Plymouth, via ATI’s Innovation Champion.
For those who wish to develop a Research Development & Innovation (RD&I) capacity within their business, or encourage a culture of innovation and creativity, the programme provides two opportunities to participate in Innovation Masterclasses.
The first is focused on Employer Led Innovation and looks to develop in-company Innovation Champions to disseminate innovation down into a business. The exclusive workshop takes the form of a 1 day Employer Masterclass and is delivered by IKE Innovation Experts.
The second is focused on Employee Led Innovation and is a bespoke offering for selected businesses who wish to encourage a culture of innovation throughout their organization. Delivered in-house by the ATI team, the masterclass looks to nurture an innovative team ethos, which drives innovation from the bottom-up.
ATI recognises that innovation can be a cost to your business, for this reason the project also offers financial support to minimise the risks involved with the pursuit of your innovation project. Within the programme, following the 12 hour business innovation journey, the ATI Innovation Fund can assist eligible SMEs with grants of between £2,500 and £10,000 for both capital and revenue cost.
The programme also offers a range of engagement activities which are delivered at ATI’s existing locations, within a business premises or from one of our strategically placed pop-up centres across Cornwall.
One such example are our bi-monthly Cornwall Innovation Clubs, which offer businesses an insight into a variety of innovation topics and inspire a culture of innovation across the county. These networking breakfast events are held at various locations in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, encouraging our members to share knowledge, ideas and collaborate – often resulting in partnership and impactful collaboration between Cornish businesses.
Our Innovation Surgeries are 2-3 hour high-value sessions which are designed around the latest thinking and the identified needs of our clients. The topics cover covered emerge through our conversations with businesses across the county, and so far have included: Intellectual Property, Research & Development Tax Credits, Managing an Innovation Project and 3D Printing & Prototyping.