Twenty-two SMEs across the Liverpool City Region are to receive a slice of the Metro Mayor’s £1.1m fund rewarding businesses that have continued to innovate and contribute to the area’s economic recovery during the pandemic.
It’s the second round of funding for the Future Innovation Pilot to be announced by Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram, and includes companies developing digital applications supporting music and fashion, offering coronavirus testing and vaccines, and others in a range of socially-trading sectors including urban farming.
Mayor Rotheram said the past few months had thrown up challenges for local businesses of a variety and scale that “I don’t think any of us could ever have predicted”.
He added: “Local businesses have shown a remarkable ability to change and adapt to these ever-changing circumstances.
“We have moved quickly alongside them, launching the Future Innovation Fund to give them the support that they need to continue to innovate through and, ultimately, survive this difficult period and get our region flourishing again in the future.”
Launched by the Metro Mayor in mid-June, the £3m Future Innovation Fund is providing grants to support SMEs that are continuing to innovate in the changed business environment created by Covid-19.
Councillor Janette Williamson, portfolio holder for inclusive economy and third sector, added: “The ingenuity and adaptability of our local businesses throughout the Covid-19 pandemic has been nothing short of inspirational.
“The range and quality of applicants to this fund is testament to the entrepreneurial spirit of our city region. I’m proud that we have been able to support these 22 projects and I’m sure they will make a huge contribution to our economic recovery.”
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The 22 successful applicants were:
Draw & Code: A cutting edge virtual immersive tech solution which will help the events industry adapt to the ‘new normal’
Future Yard CIC: Innovative digital application to help artists starting up in the music industry access mentoring and support
Farm Urban: Improving efficiency in vertical farming to help grow sustainable fresh produce in the heart of urban areas
TMM Commercial (t/a The Mind Map): The MindMap is a mental health platform that uses biographical profiling to allow patients to connect with more appropriate counsellors and lead to better health outcomes
GoJoe App Ltd: “GoJoe” fitness app incentivises fun, social and team-based exercise using celebrity and professional athlete influencers to drive engagement
Sepsis Limited: Rapid point-of-care testing device to diagnose Sepsis, introducing sensor technology to optimise process and reduce cost of manufacturing
Signalise Co-op Limited: Digital platform to streamline booking of BSL sign language interpreters driving, in particular, more efficiency in NHS treatment, diagnosis and fewer wasted appointments
Make Thread Ltd: Sustainable social marketplace for fashion designers / creatives addressing issues with “fast fashion” – incorporating process efficiencies to allow scale-up/response to increased demand
Damibu Ltd: An innovative system which aggregate multiple data streams to provide a digestible resource for the NHS, care services and local authority organisations.
CNC ROBOTICS LTD: Repeatable and scalable product/service extension for 4IR robotic manufacturing processes, which will allow SME manufacturers to adopt at low cost
Daresbury Proteins Ltd: Rapid diagnostic antigen testing for coronaviral infections
Mobile GIS Services Ltd (t/a MGISS): Ground-breaking software-as-a-service, which uses satellite data to secure greater efficiency in the management of infrastructure assets
Acorn 2 Oak Innovation Solutions Limited (t/a A|2|O Technology Group): Development of low-cost, lightweight material components for automotive sector
DPRV LTD (t/a DefProc Engineering): Scale-up of “Push to Talk” product designed to reduce loneliness for the elderly or isolated
Nidor Diagnostics Limited: Helping healthcare professionals diagnose and monitor disease without the need for patients to undergo invasive endoscopy
Revivocell Limited: Rapid screening/testing for Covid-19
ProNetix Ltd (t/a DriverNet): Cloud application to improve efficiency of patient and community transport services funded by local authorities and the NHS
Wellbeing Enterprises CIC: Development of a training academy for social prescribing in LCR
IoT Horizon Limited: Sensor technology which can be used to monitor the safety and integrity of building insulation materials.
Spin Up Science Ltd: A commercially sustainable spin-out accelerator designed to increase the level of research commercialisation within the LCR
NeedleSmart: Digital vaccination system and safe disposal methodology for hypodermic needles/mass vaccination programmes
Machfab Engineering Limited: This project will transform a traditional machining work space into a state-of-the-art facility for future manufacturing, opening up new markets both locally and nationwide with opportunities to export innovative goods to many sectors such as medical and nuclear.