Up to 15 high-growth innovative businesses are supported during each Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP). They explore and exploit the collaboration, growth and innovation opportunities that exist in a specific business market around a specific theme, from Agritech to AI. The GBIP provides detailed market knowledge, introductions and cultural insight that SMEs would find difficult to obtain themselves.
How is the programme delivered?
A GBIP has three stages:
Prepare for the market
Preparing for the market includes the cohort being briefed by sector and market experts on, for example, cultural aspects of conducting business in that country. Delegates receive help to find partners and arrange meetings and are advised on best practice including the management and protection of their intellectual property.
Visiting the market
Visiting the market provides opportunities to attend pre-arranged meetings and activities in order to better understand and maximise the opportunities that the visit presents.
Exploiting the opportunity
Exploiting the opportunity is arguably the most important aspect of the programme. To maximise the opportunity, participating companies are given bespoke one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE innovation and growth specialist to help develop and implement an action plan.
The Global Business Innovation Programme operates on a competitive basis and businesses selected are required to participate in all three stages (which occur virtually presently as a result of the pandemic).
GBIP in China: Fixed and Floating Offshore Wind
China is the world's largest offshore wind market having recently overtaken the UK with 11.3GW of total installed capacity by the end of June 2024, and 3,63GW of new capacity added in the first 6 months of 2021 alone.
Find out how our GBIP in China can help your business grow. Applications are now closed.
GBIP in Singapore: Space Technology
Singapore is an advanced digital economy with leading developments in smart city and smart transport hub technologies, two important areas for satellite technology development and application. The GSTC is also the West/East bridge for the space sector bringing audiences and potential connections from the wider region.
Find out how our GBIP in Singapore can help your business grow. Applications are now closed.
Find the briefing event video from 25 October here.
GBIP in Taiwan: Offshore Renewable Energy
Taiwan is an important emerging market for the growth of low carbon energy sources such as offshore wind. The Taiwanese Bureau of Energy recently announced plans to auction 15 GW of offshore wind capacity over the next 15 years across 36 zones.
Find out how our GBIP in Taiwan can help your business grow. Applications are now closed.
GBIP in the USA: Audience of the Future
Austin in Texas is home to South by Southwest (SXSW), best known for its conference and festivals that see the convergence of tech, film, music, education, and culture. SXSW 2022 will be the chance for digital creatives to hear cutting-edge ideas, discover new interests, and network with other professionals who share a similar appetite for forward-focused experiences.
Find out how our GBIP in the USA can help your business grow. Applications are now closed.
GBIP in Israel: Industrial Decarbonisation Challenge
This is a programme funded under The Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund. This initiative is particularly relevant for businesses that develop low-carbon technologies that will increase the competitiveness of the industry and contribute to the UK’s drive for clean growth, through carbon capture, utilisation and storage (CCUS), low carbon hydrogen, fuel switching on industrial sites and low regret technologies.
Over the last three years, Israel has seen rapid growth in the areas of Clean Energy, Green Construction, Agile Chains, Novel Materials and Circularity. Known as the ‘Start-Up Nation’, Israel has over 600 climate-tech start-ups focusing on these key challenges.
This young and energetic ecosystem, coupled with unprecedented scale up success presents many opportunities for knowledge exchange, collaboration and development.
GBIP in Tokyo, Japan: Battery Technologies
Batteries will play an important role in helping to achieve the net-zero target by 2050. Although this area is a key strength for Japan, there are many unique opportunities for international business partnerships to help tackle some of the key challenges faced in the market.
This initiative is particularly relevant for businesses that focus on propulsion battery development, new and emerging battery technologies (automotive battery and sub-components) and businesses that
provide stationary storage solutions for both grid and home.
GBIP in South Korea: Smart Sustainable Manufacturing
South Korea benefits from world class digital infrastructure, is one of the most technologically advanced countries in the world and ranks second for R&D spending amongst OECD countries. With funding over $414.4 million supported by a national AI strategy the country is creating 2000 AI based factories, 10 smart industrial zones and building a specialist innovation and data centre to support AI based solutions and manufacturing facilities.
With an R&D strategy which places greater investment into SMEs and international collaboration the opportunities for innovation led UK companies to contribute technical expertise and gain market access are unmissable.
Find out how our smart sustainable manufacturing GBIP in South Korea can help your business.
Find the briefing event video from 17th November here.
Learn about our other upcoming GBIPs in South Korea and how they can help your business.
GBIP in Sweden: Sustainable Aviation
Sweden has a long aeronautical history. Today the aerospace sector employs over 14000 people and has an annual turnover of more than 2.6 billion Euro. Traditionally dominated by two large companies Saab AB and GKN Aerospace Sweden AB the Swedish government’s aviation strategy is placing greater emphasis on developing a strong SME aerospace community. The country has identified itself as an international role model of sustainability and became the first country in the world in 2020 to achieve completely fossil-free airport operations.
With a clear national research and innovation agenda set out in NRIA Flyg 2020, which prioritises the environment and international collaboration, and a background of successful bilateral funding collaborations run by ATI and Vinnova 2018 and 2020, this market offers significant opportunity for UK companies developing sustainable aviation solutions.
Find out how our GBIP in Sweden can help your business.
Briefing event: Tuesday 7th December, 2021 (9.00am - 10.00am). Register here
Click here to apply (applications close 7 January 2022). Click here for a sample application form. Please note only digital applications will be accepted.
GBIP in China: Audience of the Future
China’s Ministry of Culture and Tourism recently released the new five-year plan for cultural industry development 2021-2025. The plan encourages new technologies and digitisation to promote the innovation and product development. China's VR industry reached 41.35 billion yuan in 2020 and is expected to reach 105.16 billion yuan in 2023. Development of 5G is expected to have a positive impact on the deployment and adoption of immersive technologies, especially within education, healthcare, entertainment, and telecommuting.
This initiative is particularly relevant for businesses in AR/VR/MR/XR, Haptics, Sonics and other Sensory interfaces, Advanced Visualisations and Display technologies, AI & 5G, Real time and associated production technologies.
GBIP in Singapore: AgriFood
Asia is expected to be home to 5 billion people by 2050, accounting for 60% of global food consumption. To meet this demand, governments are actively pursuing strategies to ensure greater food security.
The ASEAN region is emerging as a major hub for AgriFood and aquaculture innovation and there are significant opportunities for innovative businesses to be successful in the areas of advanced AgriFood and food solutions.
An Applicant Briefing will be held on Tue, 7 Dec 2021 at 10am. Register here.
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