The 3-year, £5million, LCR Activate project helps small and medium-sized digital and creative businesses to grow, by providing access to new technologies and expertise for product development and commercialisation. It drives innovation and accelerates scale-up across the Liverpool City Region’s digital and creative sector, via the application of Artificial Intelligence, Big Data, High Performance Computing, Merging Data, and Cloud technologies.
The ERDF funded project is led by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU), in partnership with the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LCR LEP) and forms part of the Local Growth Hub.
The deliverables of the project include 150 digital and creative business assists, 37 new-to-market products developed, 51 new-to-firm products developed and 34 enterprises receiving grants.
The provision of the following consultancy services for LCR Activate:
To plan and deliver an alumni programme for businesses that have accessed support, and in some cases funding, through Activate. The intention is to continue support in a collective way and have a rolling three month programme of ½ day a month to cover:
- Preparing for finance/ investment, and finance options
- Product commercialisation
- Leadership and business management for growth.
The idea would be to equip the businesses for growth so it may be that there is a ½ day workshop with a follow up assignment. This would in essence extend Activate’s support to a further 12 hours per company.
The Activate project is measured on the number of new products to market and jobs created so we will be collecting these stats periodically from the alumni.
We would anticipate three groups going through the programme in a 10 month period (September 2019 to June 2020). Groups would be 15-20 people (no more than one person per business and wouldn’t need to be the same person for each of the three sessions), ideally coming from non-competitive businesses.
All business details will be provided and an initial introduction will be made from Activate.
To find out more, please download the request for quotation PDF.