Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership (MCIL)

 A prestigious programme addressing distinctive organisational and leadership challenges for innovation-led, knowledge-intensive businesses across the Stoke-on-Trent and Staffordshire Local Enterprise Partnership area.‌

ERDF portrait logo The Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership programme is delivered through the Keele University Science & Innovation Park Smart Innovation Hub (project reference: 32R17P01691). This programme is part-funded through the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the England 2014 to 2020 European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) Growth Programme.

Through this fully-funded Innovation Leadership programme, business leaders and entrepreneurs can benefit from:
• Six two-day sessions of facilitated group learning, led by academics and expert business leaders
• A dedicated Entrepreneur in Residence to provide coaching, advice and guidance on a one-to-one basis
• A unique blend of action learning, including one-to-one sessions, peer review, activity-based learning, creative challenge-based activity and self-directed learning
• Development, implementation and a review of a practical, innovation-focussed action plan for your business
• Access to the latest thinking around innovation and social value, specific masterclasses and a unique innovation eco-system.

The programme’s sessions will be initially delivered from Keele Hall, before moving to the new Keele University Science & Innovation Park Smart Innovation Hub when it opens later this year.

Click dealer

"MCIL has been a totally positive experience. We’ve covered so much and, as well as some of the tactical elements, it’s helped me define our mission and goals as a company, so there are strong enduring benefits"

Ollie Moxham, Director, Click Dealer

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ELIGIBILITY

The programme is open to the leaders of small to medium-sized businesses, early-stage and aspiring entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial social innovators. These individuals must be looking to develop products and services, achieve scalable routes to market and achieve strategic business growth. Applicants must be an owner, director or employee of a registered business in the Stoke-on-Trent or Staffordshire area.

BENEFITS TO YOUR BUSINESS  

  • Dedicated time to focus on innovation and R&D as a strategic driver for your business growth
  • 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

COST

The programme is fully funded – the only cost is your time.

WHEN DOES IT RUN?

Cohort 1

  • 9-10 May 2019
  • 6-7 June 2019
  • 4-5 July 2019
  • 8-9 August 2019
  • 12-13 September 2019
  • 10-11 October 2019

How to apply

Applications from prospective programme participants are now being welcomed. Please complete the Expression of Interest form (available below) and send it to business.gateway@keele.ac.uk.

For more information on the opportunities available, please contact one of the Business Gateway team:

Expression of Interest form

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Information sheet - Mercia Centre for Innovation Leadership

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