Innovation Accelerator

Greater Manchester has been selected as one of three Innovation Accelerators by the Government.   

This Innovation Accelerator plan has been developed in partnership with the Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Department for Levelling Up, Housing and Communities (DLUHC), and Innovate UK  

The Innovation Accelerator will advance the many changes needed to achieve Innovation Greater Manchester's 2030 vision. It is a unique opportunity for local and national government and innovation agencies to work with businesses to co-design, deploy, and evaluate new approaches to place-based innovation.   

It will pilot proof of concept solutions to:  

  • improve the performance of existing local and national programmes

  • fill gaps in our innovation ecosystem

  • help design strong proposals for competitive national funds

  • and create a best practice that can be scaled up in Greater Manchester and the UK

Over the longer term, Greater Manchester's share of the Innovation Accelerator will provide investment into our balanced portfolio of projects will directly leverage R&D match funding on a 2:1 private-public ratio and support progress against key levelling up missions.  

 We will commit to targets for high-quality job creation, productivity improvements, and impacts against levelling up missions after the project selection stage.   

 Innovation Greater Manchester believes the biggest opportunity to fuel innovation-led inclusive growth is by exploiting synergies between cross-cutting technology families and frontier sectors, alongside strengthening the wider innovation ecosystem.   

We have prioritised actions to make rapid progress in key technology families and to address the most critical gaps in Greater Manchester’s innovation ecosystem.  

Innovation Accelerator