LoToNo celebrates launch of 25 exciting products and services
Emerging Industries project comes to successful conclusion
On Monday 2 May 2016, LoToNo celebrated reaching the end of its two year run to help cleantech businesses bring their products and services to market and so drive growth in emerging low-carbon, resource-efficient industries that tackle today’s environmental challenges.
LoToNo used creative and collaborative methods to bring businesses together across clusters and borders to help businesses take the next step towards internationalisation. The team ran international challenges sponsored by large organisations, innovative workshops and networking events, deployed advisers and mentors, and distributed innovation vouchers
LoToNo Project Manager, Anna Traylor, said: “We’ve shown that the mix of methods and the cross-sectoral working have been very successful in achieving our objective to select and support 25 high-potential projects.
“Our goal was to help the businesses flourish by connecting them to our extensive network of international design and technology experts who helped improve or adapt their product offering”.
“We’re very pleased with the results of the LoToNo project. Over the last two years, we have mentored more than 40 companies and 25 of these projects have deployed in the marketplace already, or will come to market in 2016. We’ve helped businesses finish product development through final tests, research and break into new markets, scale their idea from prototype to viable product and create circular economy partnerships between businesses. We look forward to seeing the impact of these activities over the next 12 months.”
LoToNo’s aim to embed itself in policy development has also been very successful. LoToNo’s approach has been adopted by the Local Enterprise Partnerships in Dorset, Solent and EM3 regions where support for cleantech business development will be continued through projects funded by the European Strategic Investment Funds.
LoToNo focused on Dorset, Hampshire and Isle of Wight and was a partnership between Dorset County Council, Borough of Poole, Future South, The Design Programme at WSX Enterprise Ltd and Pôle Mer Méditerranée. The project was part-funded by the European Union.
How We Can Help
This inspirational project connects like-minded businesses, enabling them to: collaborate and tap into shared expertise and innovation; explore global opportunities, with dedicated local support; and transform business performance with low carbon thinking.
LoToNo works with businesses of every size and shape – and with a variety of people, from designers to researchers.
Find out more at: http://www.lotono.co.uk/ The project makes very effective use of ‘Innovation Labs’: special events which involve international businesses, experts, researchers and designers gathering to work on collaborative solutions to a single issue (such as decommissioning manufactured items, for example). It also organises ‘supply chain bootcamps’, where the different levels of a supply chain gather together and work on a common challenge to generate collaborative results.
LoToNo clients can also engage with a mentor who will work with you over a period of 6-12 months to help you realise your business venture.
- Access new international markets
- Form partnerships that can help you grow and innovate
- Move forward with a sustainable culture and stand out from the competition
- Tap into a wide network of expert international resources which aren’t available in-house
- Access Innovation Vouchers of up to £ 10,000 for eligible projects
- Become an effective product innovator
- Unblock your barriers to growth
- Get in front of large companies by becoming part of the solution to their challenges
- Form collaborative partnerships to bid for bigger projects.