SMEs – could you help Scotland’s public sector with innovative solutions to everyday challenges?

Scottish Enterprise Open Innovation launches a challenge channel to facilitate collaboration between SMEs and the public sector and Scotland’s larger companies 

Scottish SMEs are being invited to come forward with their expertise, knowledge, fresh thinking and ideas to help larger companies and public sector organisations overcome their business challenges via a new Innovation ‘Challenge Channel’.
Companies of all sizes are encouraged to get involved in the Scottish Enterprise Open Innovation Programme’s latest initiative to benefit from risk and reward, collaboration, making new connections, growing profits and gaining a competitive edge.
Scottish Enterprise says it has launched the new challenge channel in response to increasing demand for innovative solutions to solve a range of business problems.
Those involved in helping to put together a series of innovation challenges for SMEs include Doosan Babcock, Stena Line, SP Energy Networks, City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council, NHS Health & Social Care, NCR, Weir Group, Subsea 7, Raytheon, Devro, Royal Bank of Scotland, and Aker Solutions.
The first challenge comes courtesy of Scottish sausage manufacturer Devro in which SMEs are urged to come up with an anti-microbial strategy for protein-rich food production. It asks: Could you help Devro develop an innovative new method to improve the hygiene of the wet-stage operation of its manufacturing process?

Still to come, Scottish Enterprise says it’s also working in partnership with Innovate UK and a range of public sector organisations to support a series of innovation challenges currently faced by the UK’s public sector.

It says that, through this programme, it’s helping with access to funding of up to £100,000 to test an idea, and up to £2 million or more to develop or demonstrate solutions in the field.
Find out more and visit the channel here. 
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