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Innovate UK Runs Quarterly Innovation Voucher Lottery

Innovate UK is part of the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills. It is a 250-person organisation with the stated aim of funding, supporting and connecting innovative businesses ideas whether from small, medium or large business, academia or from businesses collaborating together.

You can get up to £5,000 from Innovate UK to pay for an external expert, such as a patent, trade mark or design attorney, to help your business grow. You can spend the money on patent, trade mark or design advice and services.


To qualify for an Innovation Voucher you must:
•      be starting up or running a micro, small or medium-sized UK business 
•      need help with something that’s a real challenge for your business, not just a small improvement or change 
•      have not worked with the particular expert before 

How to apply

Innovate UK awards Innovation Vouchers once every 3 months. Eligible applications are entered into a draw and winners are chosen at random. You must apply online. This competition runs throughout the year.

Details of other Innovate UK funding competitions can be found by following this link:

Innovate UK can also help you access EU funding through the Eurostars programme (follow the link above).