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Please note that the I2C project has now finished but if you are a business looking for access to facilities and expert growth support, please contact the University of Chester’s Business Growth team either by visiting www1.chester.ac.uk/business-growth, emailing businessgrowth@chester.ac.uk or you can call 01244 512 477.

 

When you take part in the 12C project, you progress through three distinct steps.

Step 1: Foundation

In the first stage of the process, I2C provides you with the organisational tools you need for successful new project development.

The project enables you to effectively create, develop and benefit from new products, processes and services. It achieves this through a systematic approach to innovation readiness, from concept generation, through development and validation to commercialisation.

In summary, at this Foundation stage, I2C provides you support via a two day workshop comprising:

  • New product development strategies
  • Idea generation and screening
  • Concept development and product validation
  • Product tools and techniques
  • Commercialisation

On completion of the workshop, you will have a set of organisational tools, skills and knowledge to enable you to introduce a systematic process for innovation development and process management.

The first stage of the process provides you with the organisational tools you need for successful new project development.

Step 2: Technical Intervention

This stage provides you with access to specialist equipment, engineers, academics and bespoke support services. You are supported to create a jointly agreed innovation plan, which sets out the scope of development, timescales and deliverables, leading to a prototype.

Access to university expertise, equipment and software tools may include:

  • Computer modelling tools eg Computer Aided Design (CAD), Finite Element Analysis and Computational Fluid Dynamics.
  • Electronic and mechanical engineering development
  • 3D Visualisation
  • Rapid prototyping, modelling and simulation
  • Prototyping development
  • Design for manufacture
  • 3D printing

This stage provides you with access to specialist equipment, engineers, academics and bespoke support services.

Step 3: Advanced Intervention

By this point, your innovation will be well advanced and you will understand the innovation pathways within your organisation and you will have been able to exploit the facilities and support offered by the University of Chester.

This third step provides the support you need to develop and commercialise your innovation, from assisting with prototype development and testing to resourcing external expertise. By the end of it, you will be well on your way to full commercialisation. 

‘Advanced Intervention’ may include:

  • Prototype manufacture
  • Testing
  • Partnerships
  • Introductions to advanced manufacturing facilities, fabricators etc
  • Funding routes
  • Specialist consultants
  • Niche technical skills

The third step provides the support you need to develop and commercialise your innovation.

Criteria

Are you an SME registered or trading within Cheshire or Warrington?

If you are an SME registered or trading within Cheshire and Warrington, with less than €50 million turnover and fewer than 250 employees, you can apply to I2C.

How to apply

Application is easy if you meet the necessary criteria

Providing your business meets the necessary criteria, applying to 12C is quick and simple. Watch our short application video to see just how straightforward it is [link to video}. Register interest and begin the application process for yourself.

Register interest