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Innovate UK Fast Start: Innovation

Small and micro businesses can apply for a share of up to £30 million in grants, alongside tailored business support delivered by Innovate UK EDGE.

Cheryl Scott
Industry and Innovation Lead - Senior Programme Manager

Innovate UK’s new series of Fast Start: Innovation grants will give hundreds of UK small and micro-businesses the opportunity to grow and realise their ideas fasterwith a share of £30 million in grants alongside tailored business support delivered by Innovate UK EDGE.

You can apply for up to £50,000 for highly innovative ideas that have a clear route to commercialisation through business growth. Your idea must focus on either achieving net zeroor self-driven healthcare, and how new technology can enable affordable, adoptable and investable innovations in these areas.


Self-Driven Healthcare. Self-driven healthcare, de-centralised healthcare and mental wellbeing through:

• prevention and self-management of lifestyle diseases using personalised, intuitive, consumer focused and accessible innovations

• maximising the utility, safety and security of personal health records, including self-generated data

• assessing new business models and routes to market for products and services related to self-care and self-management

• developing innovations that support self-management of mental wellbeing


Your project must:

• have total project costs between £25,000 and £50,000

• last between 3 and 6 months in duration

• carry out its project work in the UK

• intend to exploit the results from or in the UK

Find out more and apply: Competition overview – Fast Start: Innovation – Innovation Funding Service (

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