April 2021


Digital support available to SMEs from Coventry University initiative

A new digital connectivity initiative part-funded by ERDF and led by Coventry University, is set to benefit small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Coventry and Warwickshire by providing a range of physical and virtual services through a network of activities across the region.

The project will cover multiple market sectors, but will be of particular interest to SMEs operating in areas such as intelligent mobility, creative digital, advanced manufacturing, and health and wellbeing.

The aim is to provide a range of digital support activities for SMEs to pilot new products, services and business models by harnessing broadband, WiFi, 4G and 5G connectivity.

Coventry University will work with a range of business partners across Coventry and Warwickshire, including Warwickshire County Council, to help boost innovation and generate the economic benefits - productivity, growth and job creation - that this exciting opportunity brings.

The County Council is working alongside the University to provide space at its business centre in Nuneaton for the project to support local businesses.

One strand of the project is match-funded revenue grants which are available for SMEs to fund up to 50% of projects with a value of between £8,000 and £20,000. They are specifically to fund external proof of concept type activity which may include prototyping and market research.

To apply, SMEs must be trading in Coventry & Warwickshire and be able to fund the remaining project costs themselves. Projects need to have an innovative approach for the company or industry and use 5G.

To find out more information, please contact the project team at uxplore@cusltd.co.uk or visit: https://www.coventry.ac.uk/business/our-services/futuredigital-connectivity/


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