This techUK Defence Programme and SME Council Briefing will be an opportunity to examine the UK Defence Innovation landscape. Attendees will examine how MOD could best make use of available innovation funds, examining current and upcoming opportunities. How SME companies can engage and join the defence supply chain will be a key area for discussion, both through direct work with MOD, which is committed to awarding 25% of contracted value to SME, and with the defence primes.
The UK has a growing community of hubs and accelerators, most notably DASA and JHUB, who will both be speaking to discuss their priorities for 2018, how to engage with SMEs and innovators who haven’t previously been defence focused, making it easy to contract with SMEs and form long term partnerships and ensuring that the best innovations are pulled through into key defence programmes.
Jim Pennycook, Innovation Partner, Defence and Security Accelerator
Daniel Bird, Innovation Scout, JHUB