Global Business Innovation Programme

Global Business Innovation Programme

Helping ambitious businesses build collaborations and partnerships in new markets, accelerating business growth

What is the Global Business Innovation Programme?

Typically, up to 15 high-growth innovative businesses are supported to explore and exploit the opportunities that exist in specific markets and technology and innovation areas. The Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP) provides the sort of detailed market knowledge, introductions and cultural insight that small companies would find difficult to generate themselves. The Programme is designed to help companies find partners, build collaborations and explore R&D and innovation opportunities

Three stages of the GBIP

GBIP comprises three main elements:

  • Preparing for the market
  • Visiting the market
  • Exploiting the opportunity 

Preparing for the market includes the cohort being briefed by sector and market experts, including being advised on the cultural aspects of conducting business in that country. Delegates will receive help to find partners and arrange meetings when in country and be advised on commercial best practice including the management and protection of their intellectual property.

Visiting the market provides opportunities to attend pre-arranged meetings and activities so as to better understand and maximise the opportunities that the visit presents.

Exploiting the opportunity is arguably the most important aspect of the programme. To maximise the opportunity, participating companies are given bespoke 1-2-1 support from an adviser to help develop and implement an action plan.

With the backing of the whole Innovate UK network, the company can gain the maximum benefit from this programme of support.

The Global Business Innovation Programme operates on a competitive basis and businesses selected are required to actively participate in all three stages of the Programme.

How have previous GBIPs gone?

Read some retrospective blogs from previous GBIPs

The wind blows off China

China's ambitious targets for developing offshore wind energy create opportunities for innovative SMEs, as participants in a recent GBIP discovered.

Taking AR innovation to South Korea

“Beyond anything we imagined” - how a Staffordshire e-learning startup's AR expertise is providing mental health support in South Korea.

Cultivate your Dutch connections

An AI and robotics focused GBIP will go to the Netherlands in April. It's an opportunity to plant the seeds of collaboration and growth.

Space tech: destination Silicon Valley

The space sector is attracting a growing number of US investors. EEN is helping 14 UK space tech companies to meet and pitch to them.

Apply to take part

All programmes are currently postponed due to COVID-19.

Previous Global Business Innovation Programmes



  • Australia - Agri-Tech and Satellite applications
  • Canada – Advanced Manufacturing
  • Canada – Agritech
  • Canada – Artificial Intelligence
  • Canada – Autonomous Vehicles
  • China – Agritech
  • China – Offshore Wind
  • China - Audience of the Future
  • China - Precision Medicine
  • Denmark – Big Science Business Forum
  • India – Immersive Tech
  • India – Manufacturing and Circular Economy
  • India - Future Cities - Deadline for applications
  • Ireland – Agrifood
  • Israel – AI
  • Israel  – Materials for batteries / automotive battery technologies
  • Isreal – Cybersecurity
  • Japan – Smart Energy
  • Japan – Cell and Gene Therapy
  • Netherlands – AI & Robotics
  • Singapore – Urban Living
  • Singapore - Digital Economy & Next Generation Services
  • South Korea – Advanced Materials
  • South Korea – Internet of Things
  • South Korea – Advanced Materials
  • South Korea - Advanced Materials for Mobility
  • South Korea – Immersive tech / Internet of Things
  • South Korea - Digital Health
  • Switzerland – Pharmaceutical Technologies
  • USA – Digital Health
  • USA – Smart Energy
  • USA – Artificial Intelligence
  • USA – Offshore Wind
  • USA – Space
  • USA - Graphene
  • USA - Audience of the Future