Creating an economy that harnesses emerging technology is one of the great opportunities of our age and has huge potential to drive the growth of the digital and creative sector.

Activate is a knowledge transfer programme providing practical, hands-on support and funding help innovative digital, creative & createch businesses in the Liverpool City Region grow using:

– Artificial Intelligence

– Cognitive computing

– Machine learning

– VR & AR

– Big & open data

– Cloud technologies

– High-performance computing

It is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), led by Liverpool John Moores University (LJMU) and run in partnership with the Foundation for Art and Creative Technology (FACT) and the Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership.

By engaging with the Activate programme you can accelerate your concept, idea or product from blueprint to commercialisation by working with our dedicated team of digital and creative specialists to exploit their knowledge, expertise and technologies to bring your product or process to market.

Activate enables businesses to:

Build specialist knowledge among employees

Develop and accelerate new ideas, products and services

Launch products and services and sell to new markets

Package and promote products and services

Strengthen relationships with specialist organisations


LJMU is one of the largest, most dynamic and forward-thinking universities in the UK. Through the Faculty of Engineering and Technology and Liverpool Business School, it provides support for understanding and implementing the best approaches to extract knowledge and business value from data, for network and information security and computer games technology, whilst also providing business & commercialisation guidance.


Liverpool City Region Local Enterprise Partnership is the business-led, strategic partnership responsible for driving economic growth in the city region and is responsible for engaging digital and creative businesses with the programme.


The Hartree Centre

The Hartree Centre is a strategic partner for Activate and the UK’s foremost high-performance computing facility. It can work with businesses to find how to make the most out of their data on an ongoing basis and use it to gain a competitive advantage.


FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology) is a leading visual arts organisation, based in Liverpool. We support, produce and present excellent, world-class visual art that embraces and explores creative media and digital technology. Until April 2019 FACT was a delivery partner of the programme, and is now a strategic partner for Activate.

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