First cohort successfully recruited for BIG Innovation Support Programme

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Emma Blunt
4 mins

The first cohort of 20 early-stage businesses have successfully been recruited for BIG South London’s new Innovation Support Programme.

From digital tools to help mental health therapists and new applications for immersive technologies through to a luxury fashion brand and an interior design studio – the wide-ranging businesses will now benefit from a programme of intensive innovation, leadership, and business training.

The programme is made up of a series of workshops which will help these organisations build a culture of innovation and resilience – developing their product pipeline, branding and online presence and leadership and negotiation skills – all with the aim of helping them grow and develop.

Paul Kirkbright, Programme Director, BIG South London says: “We’re incredibly excited to have such a diverse range of organisations join us for the Innovation Support Programme.

Our mission at BIG South London is to harness the expertise and knowledge available at our local universities and colleges for the benefit and economic recovery of South London based businesses and third sector organisations. Run by experts from Sussex Innovation (based in Croydon), LSBU, Kingston University and St Marys University, Twickenham – businesses on this programme will be able to dial straight into this world-class knowledge and apply it directly to their business model and organisational culture. We look forward to working with them and seeing them grow and develop.”

The businesses and organisations taking part in the first cohort are as follows:

Advancing 3D Design

Design consultancy service, specialising in 2D drawing, 3D modelling, layout design and 4D construction planning.

Basma Design Ltd

Luxury fashion accessory brand specialising in scarves. Translating works of art onto textiles creating forever fashion, responsibly crafted in the UK.

Black Gifted Network

Mentoring association and founders of the EventGOers Community Events Platform.

Bright Immersive Ltd

Helping businesses transform stories, products and services into interactive 3D experiences using the latest technologies, such as augmented and virtual reality.

Cheeky Charlie Oven Company Ltd

Makes outdoor charcoal ovens that are designed based on the ones used by top chefs around the world – reinventing and elevating outdoor cooking at home.

ClearCommunityWeb CIC

Helps people feel more confident and comfortable with technology through classes, workshops, and individual support.  We primarily work with older people, vulnerable adults, and carers in South London.

Co-Opts Ltd

Is building digital tools to augment mental health clinicians so they can treat more patients and be more successful in helping them recover. Co-Opts are also Alumni of South Bank Innovation's SimDH Programme.

Earl and Calam Design and Build Ltd

Residential builder specialising in extensions, refurbishments, and energy efficiency upgrades.

Earthdome Ltd

Ecological sustainable development including digital publishing utilising social media to promote the use of paramagnetic materials.

The IT Partnership (ITP)

Award winning, one stop managed IT Services and Solutions provider with 30 years’ experience in helping businesses thrive. ITP develop, deliver, and support tailor-made, relevant IT solutions to empower clients’ businesses to grow, creating significant value.

Kinetic Foundation

A registered charity using football to engage with young people to stay in employment, education, and training.

LionHeart Football

A revolutionary football development company that provides a range of player centred programmes and innovative services for young football players across London and South East England.

MIMAH Limited

Offers engineering and consultancy services support to wide range of sectors and customers and focuses on energy solutions by renewable and various field engineering support services. MIMAH have previously worked with SBI's Sustainable Innovation programme.

Own A Chord Ltd

Teach people to play guitar through a combination of online learning, in person collaboration and personal support.

Renaissance Business Strategy & Engineering Ltd

Development and commercialisation of B2B IoT solutions (HW/FW/Cloud/App).

Shop Startup

Ecommerce web development and support.

The Thames Studio Ltd

Architectural services including obtaining planning permissions and gaining building control approval.

Trafold Ltd

Design and manufacture professional child car seat.

Yes But

Digital branding and marketing agency specialising in B2B sites and bespoke WordPress builds.

The Innovation Support Programme is fully funded, so founders can take part for free. Applications for the next cohort will open again in January, in the meantime you can express an interest in taking part – just visit the Innovation Support Programme landing page

This is one a suite of BIG South London business support programmes, earlier in 2021 an Innovation Voucher Scheme was launched and in 2022/23 it will launch a series of co-working spaces in each of its five borough partners – Croydon, Kingston, Merton, Richmond, and Sutton.