At the EIC, we're always looking for new ways to help support our innovator community.

In a collaboration with Manchester Metropolitan University, the EIC has developed a list of events and programmes designed to nurture growth for innovators. 

The events listed are all funded, so are offered at no cost to attendees. We have picked five opportunities for growth:

1. SMART Cheshire Digital

A fully funded programme helping you to explore, test, and launch your ideas for new products and services. This offering is available for SMEs with an address in Cheshire or Warrington. 

2. Cheshire and Warrington Business Growth Programme

Fully funded workshops and coaching aimed to help business owners in Cheshire and Warrington grow their business and develop skills. 

3. Greater Manchester High-Growth Network

A mini business accelerator aimed to help businesses launch a new product or service. This offering is available for SMEs with a Greater Manchester address.

4. ECO-I North West

Join the ECO-I North West research and development programme, and create new, low-carbon products, processes and services to reduce costs, improve performance and establish your position in a low-carbon future.  


Helping SMEs in the plastics industry to transform single-use plastic waste into products, creating an infinite cycle of reuse and recycle.

For more support finding growth opportunities for your company, register here to join one of the EIC’s Fund Discovery Sessions, where you will receive one-to-one advice with our Stakeholder Engagement Lead to help you find relevant funding. 

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Achieving net zero targets is one of the biggest challenges facing the energy and utilities industry, but by innovating together we can drive change and deliver a decarbonised future. Our industry partners are always looking for innovative new solutions to the challenges they face, including net zero, which is why we provide a platform where innovators like you can respond to the latest innovation opportunities and challenges, and submit your innovative ideas. Our expert team have an extensive knowledge base, allowing us to consistently help our partners to address challenges, and to support our innovation community. This enables innovators and industry to come together and build a strong innovation culture and streamline innovation processes.