Inclusive Innovation - Supporting Positive Societal and environmental change

In collaboration with CEIS, the Scotland wide social enterprise support agency, Interface are providing a free, Inclusive Innovation programme for third sector organisations to access support and funding options to make ideas that do good a reality.

Through a series of free online events, we will demonstrate how enterprises across diverse sectors have grown their ideas to fruition and the positive impact this has had on society and the planet.

The programme is designed to raise awareness of available opportunities for support for enterprises or individuals with innovative solutions for growth, sustainability or to address social and environmental problems within Scotland, and beyond. 

Regardless of the type of enterprise you are (community enterprise, social enterprise, mission led business, or enterprising third sector organisation)  or the sector you work in; if you have an idea to grow or scale your impact; then the chances are we can help you to realise this. 

Join one or more of our online events to hear how others have accessed Interface’s specialist knowledge to help their enterprises grow and achieve their desired outcomes. Meet the Interface team and shift your idea from concept to reality!

Who is it for?

Social entrepreneurs, social enterprises and enterprising third sector organisations throughout Scotland who;

  • have an idea to create positive social or environmental change,
  • want to tap into new opportunities or
  • need support to grow or scale a community or social enterprise.

If you would like support with technical gaps, market research or fore sighting to help get your idea off the ground; and have the time and resource to dedicate to this, join one of our free online events to hear more.

Who are CEIS?

Established in 1984, CEIS Group is the UK’s largest and most experienced social enterprise support agency. Their vision is to make Scotland a better place to live and work with a more inclusive economy. They believe social enterprise and third sector organisations are key to the recovery and future sustainability of our planet; and are passionate about helping enterprises realise their potential by providing or sign-posting to the right resources, knowledge and tools.

Register for webinars

 

  • Data, Digital & Fintech - Thursday 30 September

Join David Capperauld, Founder, Saorsa 2030 and William Wallace, Director of Knowledge Exchange, Department of Computer and Information Sciences, University of Strathclyde. Here you will learn about Saorsa 2030’s ambitious aim, to develop the largest, most comprehensive, anti-slavery intelligent data platform in the world and how academia is supporting this.

 

  • Creative Arts - Thursday 7 October

Join Lucy Richards, Founder & Chair, Studio LR to learn of their partnership with Interface and the Universities of Edinburgh & Stirling to find a novel and fresh approach for way-finding products for dementia sufferers.

 

  • Property, Energy, Utilities Land and Housing  - Thursday 21 October

Join Meg Deasley, Cairn Housing Association, and Dr Kate Carter, University of Edinburgh to hear how they worked together as part of the Scottish Federation of Housing Association Innovation Community.

You will hear about the collaborative work focused on digital data, buildings and people. This started with mapping the ‘life of boiler’ and evolved to a wider understanding of the data landscape within the social housing sector. University of Edinburgh researchers helped to build this map and which has informed a wider systems review within Cairn HA. It has provided a framework for understanding how incremental changes can work toward improving digital asset management activities.

 

  • Agritech and Aquaculture - Thursday 28 October

Join Faisal Razzaq, Business Director of NjordFrey, and Professor John Struthers, University of West of Scotland and Director of Centre for African Research on Enterprise and Economic Development (CAREED). 

Hear how Interface matched them both, before going on to successfully apply for a £300k grant to develop a Digital Health Monitoring System for Rwandan farms to improve food security in the developing world.

 

  • Hospitality, Food and Catering - Thursday 4 November 

Join Mairi McCallum, Moray FoodPlus, and Malcolm Clark, Moray College, UHI to hear how they worked together to secure funding and develop an AI system for identifying rural poverty trends to help combat food poverty.

 

Missed a webinar? 

Watch our previous webinars:

 

Health and Social Care – Hear how Floco joined forces with NMIS and Ayrshire College. Discover more about their mission to end period poverty through the development of affordable, reusable sanitary pads and how that has supported women in developing countries.

Environment - Watch our webinar to learn how duo, Sean Kerr and Stephen McQueen worked with Interface to identify academic partners at the University of Highlands and Islands to develop scientifically proven production and application methods for Biochar.

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