December 2018

1 in 4 Liverpool City Region businesses supported by Activate develop new successful products

One in four businesses supported by Activate, the Liverpool City Region’s leading support programme for the digital and creative sectors, have successfully pioneered a new innovative product or service as a result of their involvement with the programme.   Activate, which is part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), helps SMEs grow by exploring and adopting emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence, big data, VR/AR, machine learning and high-performance computing. The programme, launched in November 2017, has provided fully-funded support to 46 SMEs across the City Region, a quarter of which have already turned their innovative ideas into viable products and services. Amongst those created are a first-of-its-kind AR mobile application for the hospitality industry, a smart digital multi-music instrument and a powerful market intelligence platform.  A further 52 companies have signed up for support in 2019. To date Activate has awarded just under £100k of funding to 11 SMEs across ecommerce, IT, product design, music and gaming, all of which...Read More >