Do you need help in identifying your potential customers and finding out what they actually want? The Regional Development Agencies (RDAs) have created a unified portfolio of funding schemes to support businesses from market scoping, through to research & development, prototyping and production. EEDA’s Proof of Concept scheme has been closed and relaunched as “Proof of Market” (PoM), and aims to support companies that want to test the commercial viability of a new product concept. 60% Funding is available for projects costing up to £20k. For more information, see EEDA’s website – http://www.bizmapeast.co.uk/finance/grants/proof_of_concept.aspx.
Qi3 have great experience of supporting academics and entrepreneurs in commercialising their technologies over the past 10 years. We are specialists in finding key gatekeepers and opinion-leaders across a diversity of technology markets. Qi3 offers a product called a Technology Market Evaluation (TME). TME’s are short-term projects – aimed at testing the viability of markets, products or patents. They are structured, using a defined methodology, but flexible so that our service is tailored to the client’s needs. http://www.qi3.co.uk/services/marketing-services/technology-marketing-evaluation. So far, Qi3 have completed over 130 TMEs, in markets including; scintillator technologies, cryogenics, multi-spectral detectors, medical imaging, laboratory instrumentation and biotechnology. Our experience is broad and we have the contacts you need.
Qi3 offers to help companies who want to submit applications for PoM funding. Whether you are in the EEDA region, or further afield; Qi3 can help you navigate through the submission process, to submit a successful application. The next deadline for EEDA is the 8th January 2010, but further calls are expected and other RDAs have calls open throughout the year. Let us work with you to stay ahead of the game and develop your application now.
For more information, please call us on 01223 422404.