The Tees Valley Innovation Accelerator (TIA), from delivery partners Teesside University and international research and technology organisation TWI Ltd, is a new scheme offering fully funded support to SMEs in the Tees Valley area who are looking to develop new products and services, and take them to market.

TIA is ideal for companies focused on innovation and new product development who would benefit from leveraging public funding to help them maximise their potential for exploiting new technology concepts.

Participating companies will receive support from TWI’s Technology Innovation Management team who can: help turn the innovative idea into a new product or solution with the potential to attract collaborative public grant funding; bring together a consortium of experts from TWI’s Industrial Membership base and innovation networks to work with the company to develop the concept and take it to market; provide advice and guidance on writing proposals for funding bids, and manage the complete process through proposal development to final submitted bid.

In conjunction with experts from Teesside University, companies on the scheme can also benefit from product prototyping support including: key enabling technologies in electronics, mechanics, photonics, Internet of Things (IoT), manufacturing simulation, chemistry and biology to realise proof of concept or prototype; development of smart products, bringing together physical components with sensing and actuating elements as well as computing devices and connectivity; and facilities for manufacturing including inkjet 3D printing and micro-milling.

Find out more about the Tees Valley Innovation Accelerator in the leaflet for businesses.