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Connecting businesses to accelerate innovation

What is it?

The Food Innovation Network (FIN) is a virtual community of organisations, big and small, all of whom are looking for opportunities, partners, processes and ideas to help them make their food innovation ideas a reality, fuel the growth of their business and form new partnerships. FIN’s aim is to help improve the competitiveness of food and drink businesses right across the supply chain. FIN seeks to do this by:

  • Helping increase collaboration and partnership between businesses and research organisations
  • Providing support to help innovation happen, particularly for SMEs
  • Joining up R&D and innovation across the whole food system.

Who is involved?

Businesses both large and small, research organisations, innovation enablers, providers and demonstrators. It is Government sponsored by DEFRA and BBSRC.

How does it work?

At the heart of FIN is this web portal which connects members and helps them search for information on potential partners who can help them develop their ideas. This website also lists new funding opportunities and supplies a toolkit of resources, including model IP agreements, an overview of the UK R&D funding landscape and a series of user-generated hot topics. There is also a FIN coordinator, Simon Baty, who is here to work with individual businesses to provide help and advice. Log-in to get started.

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Read and contribute to discussions on a range of food innovation topics

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@ask FIN | 17 May
RT : Wohoooo Baoootic! 🎉🎉🌴🍈 That's all folks! complete at 121% funded 🤩More than exceeded expectations for o… https://t.co/uzDjtV313I
@ask FIN | 11 May
Hey look have hit their crowd funding target, but still time to support further https://t.co/1q8sL3yceS?
@ask FIN | 09 May
FIN award winners are close to their crowd funding target, can you help them reach it and get a reward… https://t.co/8VhtTEVfUa
@ask FIN | 04 May
FIN award winners are crowd funding, pledge to get yourself a reward and here https://t.co/TvEFu0sgAA?
@ask FIN | 30 Apr
This is Isatou and Paul the people behind who building a business and making a social difference in Af… https://t.co/FY97KmzrV9
@ask FIN | 30 Apr
Nice to see the award won by highlighted tonight at the launch https://t.co/OmjBhapsEH
@ask FIN | 30 Apr
Great to hear the story from the inspirational Paul and Isatou https://t.co/uHJIOWHMqU
@ask FIN | 30 Apr
On my way to the exciting launch of in Glasgow. Looking forward to catching up with this award… https://t.co/LA3IypqZ0p
@ask FIN | 29 Mar
The acid test https://t.co/jWKSVey2Nu