Coventry and Warwickshire chosen for Government funding to drive innovation and business growth


Published on 2 November 2023
Archived on 2 December 2023

  • New Innovate UK funding and support for innovation and business growth in local cluster
  • Focuses on Coventry and Warwickshire's strengths in technology developments for small and medium sized businesses
  • Funding and support packages can range from £25,000 to £1m

Coventry and Warwickshire has been selected to receive up to £7.5m of new investment to drive local innovation and business growth, building on the region's existing strengths in video game development.

Under the Immersive and Creative Technologies Launchpad programme, businesses and researchers working to grow their impact in the region can apply for competitive grants, with other support, for innovation projects that focus on developing and adapting new technologies across various industries including healthcare, education, future mobility, manufacturing, retail and tourism.

Grant funding available starts from £25,000, with up to £1 million for projects that provide exceptional impact to the cluster of SMEs.

The Launchpad programme is funded by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation. It is designed to build on innovation clusters around the UK that have significant growth potential and to deliver jobs, growth, and higher productivity, supporting the Government's levelling-up agenda.

The Immersive & Creative Industries Launchpad in Coventry and Warwickshire has been developed jointly by Warwickshire County Council, Coventry City Council, and Innovate UK, and tailored to the region's needs and circumstances.

The projects must focus on immersive and creative industries leading to increased investment into research and innovation or contribute to growing business activities and economic impact in the cluster.

The projects will contribute to developing and applying technologies such as digital media, mixed media, augmented reality, virtual reality, virtual production, design processes, game engine and 3D environments, simulations and data visualisations as examples.

This will build on the reputation of Leamington's Silicon Spa which employs 15 per cent of the UK's games development talent and is recognised by trade body UKIE as the largest cluster outside Greater London.

The Immersive and Creative Industries Launchpad will provide applicants with the opportunity to access grants, expertise, and research facilities as well as benefit from a programme of cluster development activities.

Cllr Martin Watson, Portfolio Holder for Economy & Place at Warwickshire County Council, said: "Coventry and Warwickshire is renowned for being a world-leading cluster in video game development which has created highly-skilled jobs and opportunities as well as attracting inward investors from across the globe. This Launchpad is an exciting opportunity to further help businesses to drive forward innovation and boost our economy."

Innovate UK CEO Indro Mukerjee said: "Innovate UK is building strong regional partnerships across the UK to support local innovation and commercialisation. Our new Launchpads will help to attract further private sector R&D investment into innovation clusters, growing local economies and delivering societal and economic benefits to local communities."

To find out more about the Immersive & Creative Industries Launchpad in Coventry and Warwickshire, visit

The Launchpad competitions close on 6 December 2023.

Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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Last updated on 02/11/2023