Cumbria Innovations Platform

Cumbria Innovations Platform aims to help boost economic growth in Cumbria by providing micro, small and medium enterprises with innovation support. We provide unique and diverse business innovation support drawing on the capabilities of various departments from the universities of Lancaster and Cumbria.

Cumbria Innovations Platform will enable you to explore new ideas by providing practical guidance and support.  Whether you have a new product or service idea or are further developing an existing product/service, we can support you to take it to the next level.

Whats on offer?

University of Cumbria will match your business innovation needs with a suitably skilled and experienced student intern.  Internships last for 20 days and are flexible to meet the needs of your business.  Student are paid and mentored by the University.

A programme of workshops and events created to meet the needs of businesses innovation. Some events are sector specific i.e. manufacturing, food and drink, tourism and some focus on different aspects of the innovation journey i.e. funding innovation, commercialising innovation, marketing and coaching for innovation.

Workshops and events are free to attend for ERDF eligible businesses. 

All events and workshops are advertised and bookable via Eventbrite

Product prototyping is costly but eligible businesses can access funded support directly from Lancaster University.  SME’s have benefitted from a variety of interventions provided by Lancaster University i.e. testing, analysis, and digital support.

Provided by Lancaster University Management School, designed for business leaders with a desire to explore innovation.  This programme begins with a 2 day residential followed by 1 day per month attendance over 6 months.

What are the benefits of the Cumbria Innovations Platform to your business?

Sarah Allison – Senior Project Officer

enterprise.services@cumbria.ac.uk

01228 888740

Student internships - how to search & apply

Through Cumbria Innovations Platform the University Of Cumbria can provide student internships (Undergraduate, recent graduate and masters students) to work on innovation projects within your business.

The internships last for 20 days (140 hours in total) and may be worked flexibly, at your business or on campus depending on your business needs. Students are paid and mentored by the University but assigned to your business for the duration of the internship.  We have experienced a great deal of success with our internships!

Paid opportunities are advertised on our current vacancies section of the website.

If you are interested in signing up for notifications of our internship opportunities, please sign up here.

Benefits of taking on an internship include:

o    Getting paid fairly for the work you do

o    Adding to your CV by increasing your skills, knowledge & experience

o    Helping you to gain an insight into the way organisations operate and the challenges they face

o    Giving you and the employer a chance to 'try before you buy' and clarify whether this type of work is really for you

Reasonable travel expenses will be paid and an academic leader will support you whilst you are undertaking your internship and a dedicated project manager will help you along the way.

Here’s what our students and businesses have to say about the internship opportunities....

"This has been really worthwhile in helping me develop my understanding of international markets and cultures’" Naz Craig, owner of Bownessie

"The internship helped me to gain clearer understanding of future career opportunities. I had thought about becoming self-employed and working alone but this opportunity has shown me the benefits of working in a team.  I’ve really valued the social interaction and being part of a team’"Beth Martindale – My Way Code intern

"I’m looking forward to this and working on this project going forward. 
Thank you for your support, time and understanding around the projects my business works on. I appreciate everything you have done to make this happen".
Carl Hodges – Owner/director Innovation Technology Office

 

Open Innovation Workshops

For upcoming innovation workshops for SME's in Cumbria, see below;

Coaching for Innovation 

A 3-part short programme designed to help small businesses overcome barriers to innovation and encourage innovative thinking within their business, book here

Following these short sessions you will be entitled to a 1-hour follow up session/call with one of the course leaders.

 

 

 

Support is available to European Regional Development Fund eligible companies. To find out if your company is eligible for support please contact:

 

Sarah Allison – Project Manager

enterprise.services@cumbria.ac.uk

01228 888740

 


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