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Innovate UK Creative Catalyst, is inviting ambitious companies to participate in its Global Business Innovation Programme. This GBIP aims to help UK businesses to grow and scale on a global stage through building R&D and innovation collaborations and partnerships.

The programme consists of a Get Ready preparation phase, a tailored 5-day visit to Helsinki with access to Slush 2024 and the opportunity to meet investors, founders, potential collaborators, and policymakers from around the globe.

Delegates will benefit from a follow-up Exploit the Opportunity workshop and bespoke support from an Innovate UK Business Growth innovation and growth specialist to exploit the contacts and knowledge gained during the programme and to progress investment opportunities and innovation projects.


Briefing Event: 18th July

Application Deadline: 9th August


Hosted in Finland, known for being one of the fastest growing startup areas in Europe, Slush is the most globally recognised founder-focused event bringing together the core startup ecosystem and is an established platform for founders, investors and global influencers, to come together, share knowledge and expertise and make valuable connections.

Slush 2024 Metamorphosis will celebrate and showcase innovative founders that have solutions and the determination to enable radical transformation. With a mission to protect the planet and its infinite resources, Slush 2024 will run a 3-day back-to-back programme of events, kicking off with Founders Day, 19 November with workshops, inspiring talks and a chance to share experiences with other ambitious founders.

The main conference takes place on 20th & 21st November providing a packed line up of inspirational speakers, deep dive chats and the opportunity to meet and connect with over 3000 investors and 500 startup founders in B2B, round table and networking events.

100 Startups, selected by Slush, will be given the chance to pitch for €1,000,000 investment from 5 top tier investor funds. Slush 2024 is a great opportunity to immerse yourself in the startup ecosystem, learn from experienced entrepreneurs and investors, get inspired by other founders and is guaranteed to accelerate and achieve your growth ambitions.


• Developing Deeptech, VFX, Immersive, Web3, AI, IoT, hardware and software solutions

• Preparing to raise private investment and ready to meet investors

• Seeking to raise their international profile

HOW TO APPLY Apply online before the 9 August 23:59 hrs deadline.

The Global Business Innovation Programme is a competitive process and successful applicants will be notified by 23 August 2024. Innovate UK is committed to improving the diversity of who we support. We welcome applications from under-represented groups.

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