Cornwall’s reputation as a rapidly growing global centre of next generation business attracts significant inward investment with multiple funding initiatives aimed at supporting industry growth across all sectors. Cornwall based businesses have access to varied RD&I opportunities via bespoke funding support targeted at digital technologies, advanced manufacturing & engineering. The region has developed a compelling range of financial assistance to support and accelerate business and industry growth.
INDUSTRY SPECIFIC FUNDING STREAMS
Aerospace & Space
Supporting the high value space and aerospace cluster there is £1.285m grant funding for RD&I available with options including:
As a Global Centre of Excellence for Agritech Research, Development and Innovation, powerful agricultural heritage with easy access to world renowned research institutions and access to the £10million Cornwall Agri-Tech Fund, Cornish Agritech is empowering farms and their supply chains, attracting business from the UK, Europe and rest of the world.
The £10m initiative for Research, Development and Innovation is in three strands:
The pioneering Marine-i programme aims to support over 100 businesses building on Cornwall’s strong maritime heritage, skilled talent base and unique environment. Funding includes:
EPIC is a 3 year collaborative project between Creative England and the University of Plymouth to improve the use of technology in health and social care offering SME ehealth startups and developing businesses access to their EPIC Challenge Fund including:
Smartline is a research project investigating how technology can help us live healthier and happy lives led by the University of Exeter, Cornwall Council, Coastline Housing Ltd, and Volunteer Cornwall. Smartline offers:
Creative & digital industries
Cultivator is a support programme for creative businesses and freelancers which offers:
ADDITIONAL FINANCE STREAMS
Industry specific funding streams are complemented by access to other funding and finance options.
Invest in Cornwall can provide introductions to angel investment networks with many business angels based in the South-West and open to exciting opportunities within the region. From creating new business, assistance in fund-raising for startups, MBOs and expanding businesses and advising on further investment this is a potential route to securing private investment and business expertise.
Crowdfunder, the UK’s #1 micro-financing platform is based in Cornwall. To date it’s raised over £50m for projects from business, technology and sustainability to the arts, food and drink, education and health. In addition to providing a funding launchpad for ideas that matter, Crowdfunder can add up to 20K extra for qualifying community and social enterprise businesses.
Headquartered in Exeter, Crowdcube offers opportunities for everyday investors to invest alongside professionals and venture capital firms in startup, early and growth stage businesses. It has achieved 700+ successful raises to date with a total of £490m invested in pitches.
The British Business Bank has a £40m commercially focussed Investment Fund for Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly (CIOSIF) to assist SMEs overcome financial barriers and address an equity gap for start-ups and development capital. The Fund will provide debt and equity finance from 25K up to £2m for growing small businesses transforming the SME landscape across the region.
The newly launched Tevi fund will be providing an environmental challenge grant scheme for businesses that promote environmental resilience and mitigation. In addition, Tevi will include free business advice, a business support toolkit, and access to a network of SMEs in Cornwall focused on business and environmental projects.
The South West Investment Group (SWIG) is a not-for-profit company providing business loans to SMEs and start-ups. To date they have invested over £18m in more than 1,600 business looking to raise funds and accelerate growth. Providing an alternative funding stream, they pride themselves on saying yes ‘when the banks say no’.
The funding opportunities in Cornwall make the region an outstanding base for raising capital, launching start-ups, growing SMEs and supporting entrepreneurs with innovative, disruptive, new generation ideas.
If you want to know more or need help finding the funding that fits your business, get in touch with Invest in Cornwall and see how we can work with you.
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