What is Innovate UK ICURe?

Innovate UK ICURe is a pre-accelerator programme for researchers. This programme is designed to help explore the commercial application and potential of UK research.

Within the ICURe programme, we have developed a range of funding and commercialisation training with industry experts, and this is delivered via our 4 key programmes; ICURe Engage, ICURe Discover, ICURe Explore and ICURe Exploit.

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    Why Attend?

    ICURe has engaged with over 500 teams nationwide. We have delivery partners, business advisors, and support networks in place which will provide an excellent basis for new businesses. As part of the ICURe journey, you will leverage this combined experience and capability to discover the potential of your ideas, and put them into practice in the real world.

    For Researchers

    If you are a researcher with an idea, this programme is designed to help you through the process of defining your proposition and testing it with your prospective target markets

    For Industry

    ICURe is an ideal access point to some of the UK’s leading innovation. Supporting a range of innovation themes, we provides SMEs and corporations with an opportunity to evaluate the commercial potential for cutting-edge research

    For Investors

    ICURe provides investors with an insight into the latest innovation, while it is still at an early stage of development. ICURe can keep you informed on developments in your portfolio area

    Cohorts Open For Applications

    Grand Scale Kickstart for ICURe  Autumn 2024

    Grand Scale Kickstart for ICURe Autumn 2024

    Applications Open: 08/04/2024
    Applications Close: 23/05/2024
    Start Date: 02/09/2024
    Location: Online
    Delivery Partner: Grand Scale

    Eligibility: New and established ICURe spinout companies seeking support to commercialise, launch, scale and grow.

    Grand Scale Kickstart for Innovate UK ICURe is a fully funded 7-month strategic sales and marketing programme, specifically designed to upskill and empower small groups of ICURe spin-out companies to launch their business and new products internationally, drive sales traction, accelerate business growth and secure further investment.

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    BBSRC ICURe Engage <br>June 2024 <br>Midlands Focused

    BBSRC ICURe Engage
    June 2024
    Midlands Focused

    Applications Open: 29/04/2024
    Applications Close: 24/05/2024
    Start Date: 03/06/2024
    Location: Online
    Delivery Partner: The Helix Way

    ICURe ENGAGE is a 4-week, part-time programme tailored for research students and technicians. This programme aims to identify potential beneficiaries of research, introduce participants to tools for commercialisation, and foster consideration of entrepreneurship as a pathway for achieving societal impact and a viable career choice.

    The ICURe Engage programme is open to all research students (including those pursuing research master’s degrees, 1st or 2nd year PhD students, and Post-Docs) as well as technicians from all disciplines who are interested in entrepreneurship. This opportunity is available regardless of whether they already have an idea, as the programme introduces them to ICURe and provides the space and opportunity to think about entrepreneurship differently.

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    NBIC ICURe Engage <br> June 2024 <br> Biofilms Focused

    NBIC ICURe Engage
    June 2024
    Biofilms Focused

    Applications Open: 29/04/2024
    Applications Close: 24/05/2024
    Start Date: 12/06/2024
    Location: Online
    Delivery Partner: SETsquared Partnership

    Innovate UK’s ICURe Engage is a 4-week, part-time programme funded by NBIC and tailored for research students and technicians of NBIC partner universities. This programme aims to identify potential beneficiaries of research, introduce participants to tools for commercialisation, and foster consideration of entrepreneurship.

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    Upcoming Cohorts

    NBIC ICURe Explore <br> September 2024 <br> Biofilms Focused

    NBIC ICURe Explore
    September 2024
    Biofilms Focused

    Applications Open: 24/05/2024
    Start Date: 16/09/2024
    Delivery Partner: SETsquared Partnership
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    ICURe Explore <br> Electronics, Semiconductors, Photonics, Quantum, Cybersecurity and Firmware September 2024

    ICURe Explore
    Electronics, Semiconductors, Photonics, Quantum, Cybersecurity and Firmware September 2024

    Applications Open: 24/05/2024
    Start Date: 16/09/2024
    Delivery Partner: SETsquared Partnership
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    ICURe Explore September 2024

    ICURe Explore September 2024

    Applications Open: 01/07/2024
    Start Date: 25/09/2024
    Delivery Partner: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way
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    ICURe Discover <br>September 2024

    ICURe Discover
    September 2024

    Applications Open: 01/07/2024
    Start Date: 18/09/2024
    Delivery Partner: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way
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    BBSRC ICURe Engage <br>September 2024 <br> Scotland Focused

    BBSRC ICURe Engage
    September 2024
    Scotland Focused

    Applications Open: 05/08/2024
    Start Date: 30/09/2024
    Delivery Partner: The Helix Way
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    ICURe Engage <br>October 2024

    ICURe Engage
    October 2024

    Applications Open: 09/09/2024
    Start Date: 24/10/2024
    Delivery Partner: SETsquared Partnership
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    BBSRC ICURe Discover <br>October 2024

    BBSRC ICURe Discover
    October 2024

    Applications Open: 07/06/2024
    Start Date: 30/10/2024
    Delivery Partner: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way
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    BBSRC ICURe Explore October 2024 – in partnership with Kidney Research UK and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

    BBSRC ICURe Explore October 2024 – in partnership with Kidney Research UK and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation

    Applications Open: 04/06/2024
    Start Date: 16/10/2024
    Delivery Partner: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way
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    ICURe Explore <br> November 2024

    ICURe Explore
    November 2024

    Applications Open: 09/09/2024
    Start Date: 04/11/2024
    Delivery Partner: Midlands Innovation
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    BBSRC ICURe Engage <br>November 2024 <br> South / South East of England  & London Focused

    BBSRC ICURe Engage
    November 2024
    South / South East of England & London Focused

    Applications Open: 23/09/2024
    Start Date: 04/11/2024
    Delivery Partner: The Helix Way
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    ICURe Discover <br>November 2024

    ICURe Discover
    November 2024

    Applications Open: 09/09/2024
    Start Date: 11/11/2024
    Delivery Partner: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way
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    ICURe Engage <br>November 2024

    ICURe Engage
    November 2024

    Applications Open: 30/09/2024
    Start Date: 19/11/2024
    Delivery Partner: Midlands Partnership
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    ICURe Engage <br>December 2024

    ICURe Engage
    December 2024

    Applications Open: 30/09/2024
    Start Date: 05/12/2024
    Delivery Partner: SETsquared Partnership
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    ICURe Explore <br> Jan 2025

    ICURe Explore
    Jan 2025

    Applications Open: 15/10/2024
    Start Date: 14/01/2025
    Delivery Partner: SETsquared Partnership
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    BBSRC ICURe Explore January 2025 – in partnership with the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

    BBSRC ICURe Explore January 2025 – in partnership with the National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3Rs)

    Applications Open: 20/09/2024
    Start Date: 15/01/2025
    Delivery Partner: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way
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    ICURe Engage <br>February 2025

    ICURe Engage
    February 2025

    Applications Open: 03/12/2024
    Start Date: 06/02/2025
    Delivery Partner: SETsquared Partnership
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    ICURe Discover <br>February 2025

    ICURe Discover
    February 2025

    Applications Open: 02/12/2024
    Start Date: 25/02/2025
    Delivery Partner: NxNW Partnership & The Helix Way
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    BBSRC ICURe Engage <br>February 2025 <br> Northern Region Focused

    BBSRC ICURe Engage
    February 2025
    Northern Region Focused

    Applications Open: 09/01/2025
    Start Date: 27/02/2025
    Delivery Partner: The Helix Way
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    Upcoming Events

    525

    Teams completed

    1114

    Applications

    200

    Spinout companies

    2100

    Participants 

    250

    Million Investment

    36000

    Business contacts made

    650

    Jobs created

    2750

    Market Experiments

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