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TWI Supports ‘Fast Start: Innovation’ for Tees Valley

Mon, 20 June, 2022

TWI is pleased to announce that the TIA programme team are happy to offer fully funded support for up to 10 SME leaders from the Tees Valley region who would like guidance in preparation to bid for the new Fast Start: Innovation IUK call that has just been announced.

It is a programme designed to support SMEs through 100% funding of up to £50,000 for highly innovative ideas that have a clear route to commercialisation through business growth. The project duration will run between 3-6 months and the submission deadline is the 26th of July.

The help that the SME leaders will receive includes:

  • Introductory 1:1 calls for the SME leaders that are fit for this call to refine their proposal concept
  • a group webinar training to be delivered July 11th on how to approach the proposal writing process and the requirements for a strong bid
  • a proposal template to gently guide through the proposal writing as effortlessly as possible
  • Review of the final proposal by expert assessors before they submission of their proposals.

Applications for the TIA support are now open until July 7th and are on first-come-first-serve basis so applying earlier is advised to avoid missing out.

To find more information and apply for support, please email

Tees Valley Innovation Accelerator (TIA) is funded by the European Regional Development Fund in the Northern Powerhouse Region

For more information please email: