Innovation Leadership Programme

The fully-funded Innovation Leadership programme at Keele University supports aspirational business leaders and early-stage entrepreneurs to develop the skills, knowledge and attributes to take their business to the next level.

Applications now open for April 2022 cohort

For specific dates see below 

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MCIL programme core offers

Recalibrate for a new normal

Delivered by a dedicated team of expert business leaders, academics and Entrepreneurs in Residence, the programme is fully-funded and exclusively open to small-to-medium sized businesses in the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire.

  • Zero cost to your business - Fully-funded by the European Regional Development Fund, the only cost to your business is your time.
  • Six two-day sessions – Working around you, the programme consists of 12 sessions across a six-month period.
MCIL programme features

Programme features

Gain access to:

  • Coaching, advice and guidance
  • A unique blend of action learning - including one-to-one sessions, peer review, activity-based learning, creative challenge-based activity and self-directed learning
  • Innovation-focussed action plan development for your business
  • Access to the latest thinking around innovation and social value, dedicated masterclasses and a unique innovation eco-system

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Benefits to your business

  • Dedicated time to focus on innovation and R&D as a strategic driver for your business growth
  • Topics include; innovation and creativity, diversification, marketing, business development, funding and team dynamics.
  • Apply world-leading research and knowledge on innovation leadership in order to produce a positive impact on your business’s bottom line
  • Access to the wide scientific and technological infrastructure of Keele University
  • Be part of a unique innovation network
  • Learn from fellow hand-picked entrepreneurs and social innovators

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1. Creating the Conditions for Innovation to Flourish - 7 & 8 April 2022 

2. Innovation and Creativity - 5 & 6 May 2022 

3. Marketing and Sale for Success - 9 & 10 June 2022 

4. Getting Comfortable with Leadership - 7 & 8 July 2022 

5. Funding Your Ambition - 11 & 12 August 2022 

6. Creating an A-Team - 8 & 9 September 2022

1. Creating the Conditions for Innovation to Flourish - 6 & 7 October 2022 

2. Innovation and Creativity - 10 & 11 November 2022 

3. Funding Your Ambition - 8 & 9 December 2022 

4. Getting Comfortable with Leadership - 12 & 13 January 2023 

5. Marketing and Sale for Success- 9 & 10 February 2023 

6. Creating an A-Team - 9 & 10 March 2023

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‌The Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership programme is delivered through the Keele University Science & Innovation Park Smart Innovation Hub (Ref: 32R17P01691). This programme is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England Structural and Investments Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme.