Open up the potential of Innovation

Open innovation: the key to success?

Discover how open innovation can connect your SME to global companies, international opportunities and unparalleled potential for growth.

Opening up the potential of innovation

Public sector innovation challenges

Could you help solve the innovation challenges of the UK’s public sector organisations? Full funding and project support available.

Apply for innovation challenges

What is open innovation?

Open innovation offers a platform to harness the ideas, insights and experience of those who can help organisations do things better.

In an increasingly connected world, it's becoming easier to encourage companies to embrace open innovation to solve their most pressing business problems.

We're working with 13 businesses and public sector organisations to create a series of innovation challenges which are open for Scottish businesses to respond to.

The benefits

  • Share risk and reward
  • Collaborate, make new connections and grow profits
  • Gain a competitive advantage

Think you have what it takes? We'll help support you to success.

Who we're working with:

  • Doosan Babcock, Stena Line and SP Energy Networks
  • NCR, Weir Group, Subsea 7 and Raytheon
  • City of Edinburgh Council, Glasgow City Council and NHS Health & Social Care
  • Devro, Royal Bank of Scotland and Aker Solutions.

"Through open innovation, we'll be working more closely with external partners including SMEs and universities. By doing so, we will enhance our innovation capability and competitive agility to match the fast-paced nature of today’s world and the challenging markets that we operate in."

Anthony Kinsella , Weir Group

How we can support you

Our experienced innovation specialists offer tailored support across a number of areas from product design, proof of concept, testing and market launch. 

They'll help provide the support you need to take on the challenge of open innovation.

Read about Seek and Solve

We'll support your new innovations through Seek and Solve. This grant will help you gather the knowledge and skills needed to develop new products and services, or significantly improve existing ones.

Read about intellectual asset protection

We offer free, impartial advice to help your business identify, manage and exploit intellectual property assets - protecting your brand and ideas in overseas markets.

Read about R&D grants

Whether your project aims to gather the knowledge and skills to develop new products and services or make significant improvements to existing ones, our R&D grant can help.