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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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AgriFood B4I roadshow event

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IUK Launches Agri-tech Catalyst Round 7

IUK Launches Agri-tech Catalyst Round 7: Agriculture and Food Systems Innovation Competition

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@ask FIN | 15 Oct
DAERA announces £750,000 for agri-food research https://t.co/Vnpe2tY5iH
@ask FIN | 12 Oct
RT : We are excited to announce the launch of the 2018 G+E Entrepreneurs Awards, 2018, in recognition of amazing foodies… https://t.co/OrFyiipQQB
@ask FIN | 12 Oct
RT : Clean and Sustainable Growth Study Group and hosting study group to help organisations with mathem… https://t.co/DvPIJiAZlP
@ask FIN | 12 Oct
RT : Interested in how related technologies can be effectively exploited? Download the new report… https://t.co/I7bjgAZaPn
@ask FIN | 12 Oct
STFC funding and support available to boost productivity in agri-food companies https://t.co/lJMGFWqfRF
@ask FIN | 12 Oct
Worth considering https://t.co/RJBWarOhww
@ask FIN | 08 Oct
RT : Great opportunity to get to use world class facilities; STFC B4I Roadshow for Agri/Food/Drink Sector - Science and… https://t.co/7QoBf8wVza
@ask FIN | 05 Oct
Will you vote for our FIN steering group chair? https://t.co/xoN9HFXAyu
@ask FIN | 05 Sep
RT : Here's a good opportunity https://t.co/EHKyuKzEIB
@ask FIN | 05 Sep
Nurturing and growing the UK’s food manufacturing digital economy https://t.co/RkFrpPnBja