The Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme aims to build the entrepreneurial capacity and commercialisation skills of innovators from selected partner countries. The programme creates international networks of innovators and technology entrepreneurs.
LIF participants are jointly selected by the Academy and our in-country partner organisations on the basis of:
Their potential as entrepreneurs
The excellence of their research
The potential of their innovation
The social and economic benefits of their innovation
The programme is aimed at local researchers within the partner country who are in the process of developing a business proposition for their innovation. The programme is divided into two parts; a two-week residential training bootcamp in London complemented by a bespoke follow-on support package upon their return.
Successful participants will benefit from a focused period of training in the UK, access to expert mentors, and opportunities for international networking. This enables them to develop, with the support of the programme, a commercialisation plan for their innovation.
In the long-term they will benefit from ongoing support at their home institution, and access to a curated international network of over seven hundred peer innovators and mentors, which can help them take their commercialisation plan forward.
This package of support concludes the programme. Participants have remote access to their personal mentors from the residential training for continued mentoring and advice to achieve their goals, set when designing their business plans in London.
Remote support is reinforced with in-country events held jointly with our country partners to continue engagement between the Academy and participants.
Support covers anything from regulatory advice and developing plans for market approval, to finding investors, suppliers, distributors or major customers, in the participant’s own country, in the UK or anywhere else in the world using the Academy and the mentor’s networks.
This year marks the fifth year of the LIF programme. We have four rounds of residential training with innovators from four different countries participating in each round:
Peru, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil
Vietnam, Thailand, Indonesia, Malaysia
India, South Africa, Kenya, The Philippines
Chile, China, Egypt, Turkey
If you would like to attend the final pitch event for the participants from Brazil, Colombia, Peru and Mexico on Friday 23 November, please register your interest on the Eventbrite page.
The event is an opportunity for participants to get constructive feedback from the judges, made up of RAEng Fellows and business experts, and wider local ecosystem, as well as to start new long-term relationships with British partners.
More details about the final pitch event are available here.
The Leaders in Innovation Fellowships programme is being delivered by the Academy as part of the UK Newton Fund which, through a variety of science and innovation activities, supports the economic development and social welfare of developing countries. This year we are working with 16 Newton Fund countries: Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Peru, The Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Turkey and Vietnam.
Applications to the programme are run through our local partner agencies.
For more information, please contact the Senior Programme Manager.
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