Join our Recovery Innovation workshops series to kick-start your innovation journey.

Our Recovery Innovation programme will develop your innovation skills and capability to create new products, services, processes or a new business model in response to the impact of Covid and Brexit.

Delivered by our team of university business innovation experts, this flexible series will build your knowledge and confidence to drive innovation in your business. 

It will give you the tools you need to become resilient and agile, providing you with a competitive advantage for the future. 

Helping your innovation succeed

This workshop provides members with the opportunity to use the Knowledge Transfer Network (KTN) Innovation Canvas, a tool designed to help business create value from innovation, and identify the changes needed to make your idea succeed.

The canvas provides a framework for assessing the strengths and weaknesses of a specific project, identifying the most urgent challenges to overcome, and prioritising what action to take.

In this workshop our RISE Innovation Advisory team will walk you through how to use this simple but highly effective tool to quickly evaluate an existing project, develop an innovative new idea, or inform a funding application and discuss your challenges and actions.

This workshop will help you to:

  • Accelerate the development of new products and services
  • Identify and mitigate risks within current projects
  • Spot gaps in your capability to innovate
  • Test assumptions that might be hindering progress
  • Design innovations for commercial success
  • Support innovation pitches and funding applications
  • Make better-informed decisions

In this group setting, you will gain insight and ideas from peers without sharing any commercially sensitive information. At the end of the session, you will have a completed canvas and a list of top challenges and action points to discuss with your team to take forward.

Who should attend?

This workshop is suitable for business owners or innovation project managers working from within a small or medium-sized business. The workshop is an introduction to managing innovation so no prior knowledge of innovation projects is needed however, participants will need a good understanding of the intended objectives of their and how this fits within their business strategy and the resources in their business.

More than one employee from a business can attend, but please get in touch with our team if more than two people from the same business wish to attend, as a bespoke in-house session may be more appropriate.

Eligibility and booking

This workshop has been designed for businesses operating in the West Sussex area who are actively working on an innovation idea. However, businesses from across the region are also able to attend.

It is FREE to attend if you have joined the RISE project – either as a friend or member.

To reserve your space, register via the orange button on the right.

This workshop is delivered through the support of West Sussex County Council and ERDF funding. For more information on our funders see our About page. Participation in any RISE project activities are subject to our Terms and Conditions.


This is an ‘open’ workshop (i.e. both RISE members and non-members may attend) so we suggest that no commercially sensitive information is discussed. Any innovation project details and any new intellectual property information should be shared during a 1-2-1 session with our Innovation Advisors.

Access up to £5000 free expertise to develop ideas

As a RISE member there is also the opportunity to work with and access up to £5000 worth of academic expertise across both Brighton and Sussex Universities to develop your innovation project through our Access to Experts programme.

RISE members will receive a RISE Recovery Innovation Certificate of Attendance when they complete 12 hours or more workshop time or support from the RISE project.

More RISE Recovery workshops in the series

Members of RISE can attend more workshops in the series including;

  • Innovation for new business development

Watch out for new dates listed on the RISE events page or announcements in the RISE members portal.

This event is valued at £80 of State Aid support. State aid information is detailed in our T&Cs.

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Feb 17, 2022


Business & IP Centre, Crawley Library

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