VONNE is part funded via the Innovation SuperNetwork by the European Regional Development which includes the Catalysing Innovation in North East Clusters project, which is receiving up to £1.24m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.
The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding.
What is Innovation?
The half day workshop will be led by innovation expert Michael Coates, MD of Protostar, who has supported organisations across all sectors to embrace innovation and make their organisations more efficient. The session will be fast paced and enlightening.
Innovation is rarely about inventing something new, but taking an existing item or process and finding new ways of creating value from it.
For instance, Age UK, offering a lottery ticket. Charity wrist bands, now so common, were first used by a cancer charity and have been taken one step further by 4Ocean, who make bracelets from the plastic they remove from the ocean and use the funds to remove more.
This workshop will cover:
What is the difference between innovation and invention?
Why you should be interested in innovation
The potential risks of not innovating
How it applies to services and work processes (i.e. what you do as a VCSE organisation) and not just products like cars
How it can be used to save money
What a culture of innovation requires
A glimpse of some easy to learn techniques for encouraging innovation.
Further support available from VONNE through the programme
Places will be capped at 20 for this workshop, so please book early to avoid disappointment.
This event is part of VONNE's programme of support to the VCSE sector for Innovation, Governance and Leadership.
New Century House
Gateshead, TWR NE8 1HR