Global Business Innovation Programme

Global Business Innovation Programme

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

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What is the Global Business Innovation Programme?

Up to 15 high-growth innovative businesses are supported to explore and exploit the technology and innovation opportunities that exist in specific markets. The Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP) provides 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 globally.

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 one-to-one 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.

Programme impact

Find out how companies have benefited from participating in the Global Business Innovation Programme:

Canada visit helps engineering business find EUREKA project partner

Global Business Innovation Programme organised by the Enterprise Europe Network opens the door to £530k additive manufacturing collaboration.

Queen's Award for tech firm helping to fight child exploitation

Law enforcement agencies across the world use Bristol firm’s image analysis tool to detect and prevent online crime. EEN has supported that growth.

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

Digital opportunities in South Korea's 'New Deal' Era - Webinar

28 September 2020

Join us to connect with leading figures in South Korea to hear about the country's K-Digital New Deal programme, key smart medical healthcare investment projects and what this means for UK SMEs looking to develop relationships in this fast-growing, high-tech market.


  • Big data and AI
  • Diagnostics
  • Chronic diseases
  • Telemedicine
  • System efficiency
  • P4 medicine


  • Gareth Davies, Science & Innovation Network
  • Korean Health Industry Development Institute
  • Ruslan Tursunov, Intralink
  • Logan Yoon, Klimax Group

South Korea was an early adopter of track and trace and the country's success in containing the virus means that economic recovery is now prioritised with the new, Roosevelt-style 'K-deal'. Under the plan, South Korea will invest 160 trillion won (£102 billion) in creating 1.9 million jobs by 2025 in the digital and green sectors.

Digital health, already one of four pillar's in Moon Jae-in's pre-pandemic Fourth Industrial Revolution plan, will benefit from a further surge of investment, bringing its estimated worth ti US$5.4 billion by the end of 2020.

Since taking office in 2017, Moon Jae-in has driven a programme of deregulation in the sector, enabling businesses such as Samsung to diversify with international partnerships while encouraging overseas companies to enter the market.

A country known for being high-tech with a culture of early adoption, South Korea is relaxing regulations in telemedicine, creating exceptional opportunities for UK SMEs developing digital healthcare technologies.

For more information and to register, visit the event listing here.

This webinar is being delivered as part of Innovate UK's Global Business Innovation Programme. Due to the current restrictions, we are unable to travel to South Korea but hope to open recruitment again in 2021.

Focus on surface and underwater marine robotics systems and technologies: Canada

Applications are now closed

We are recruiting up to 15 ambitious, innovative SMEs to benefit from a tailored, 12-month wrap-around support programme aimed at building innovation partnerships and fostering future international growth within the surface and underwater marine and robotics sector.

Subject to travel and other restrictions, two visits to Canada will go ahead in November 2020 and June 2021, consisting of tailored site visits and exclusive networking opportunities with like-minded Canadian companies. For a more detailed programme see the event listing here.

Key topics include but are not limited to:

  • guidance, navigation and control
  • communication
  • mapping
  • localisation
  • actuation and sensing sytems
  • manipulation and interaction
  • autonomy.
Marine robotics
Previous Global Business Innovation Programmes

Programmes include:

  • 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