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Wednesday, May 26, 2004

Local MP Meg Munn is putting a call out to local inventors, entrepreneurs, artists and businesses seeking expansion in Yorkshire to come forward and find out more about funding for their projects. All are invited to attend the free “Funding for Innovations” seminar organised by NESTA (the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts), the organisation that backs UK creativity and innovation, at the Sheffield Millennium Galleries on 11th June at 12pm.

Meg Munn said: "Sheffield can be proud of its record for creativity and innovation. Already we are home to the largest cluster of creative production in the region. But for each and every success story there's also someone not able to get their ideas off the ground.  So it’s particularly important that we have NESTA's continuing support for Creativity and Innovation, and I welcome their involvement in Sheffield's future expansion in this area."

This seminar will tell budding inventors and entrepreneurs about funding opportunities available, and bring them together with groups and organisations that make awards. The seminar includes speakers from NESTA, Beer and Partners (one of the countries largest business angel networks), Inspiral (a creative industries support network) and the local Business Link. The seminar covers a broad range of sources of financial backing, from £5,000 to £100,000, and is a chance for people to meet potential supporters and have their questions answered.

Innovators who have recently benefited from NESTA funding include a team at Sheffield Hallam University who are exploring how a Science Academy could inspire young people with a talent in science to become the outstanding engineers, research scientists and entrepreneurs of the future; and Andrew Stones who is a talented multimedia artist fascinated by relationships between science, the imagination, cultural heritage and human identity.

John Connolly, from NESTA, said: “We know what great innovation there is in Yorkshire. The last seminar that we held in Richmond had over 50 individuals, many with inspirational ideas. Witnessing the transformation occurring in Sheffield right now I fully expect this number to be exceeded here. At NESTA, we want to make sure we identify and support the best creative ideas in the country. I look forward to hearing about these on June 11.”




Further information:

Rhys Holdaway

T:     020 7645 9603

E:     rhys.holdaway@nesta.org.uk





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