Perth and Kinross Council, supported by the Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund and Innovate UK, is holding an R&D competition to explore innovative technologies, develop design solutions and prototype a functional Smart Energy Network.

Up to five innovative and talented companies will secure £30K R&D contracts, to develop a design solution for a Smart Energy Network in the first phase of the competition.

Successful companies secure 100% funding, retain the intellectual property developed during the competition and will be well placed to exploit this large and expanding International market.

If you think you have the imagination, talent and innovation to meet this challenge – then we would like to hear from you – come and join the revolution !

For further information please visit the competition website. The competition opens on 20th Aug.

An information event will be held in Perth on Tuesday 28th August. Places are limited.

The CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund team are also in the process of market testing a new batch of public sector open innovation challenges. We want to hear from you to establish challenges you are interested in, or may already have solutions to. Please visit the CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund - Testing the Market (July 2018) survey to add your voice.

The Can Do Innovation Challenge Fund is a national £9.2M fund, in year two of a four-year programme, which supports Scotland’s public sector to collaborate with businesses to develop novel solutions to their service and policy delivery challenges. The Fund is led by Scottish Enterprise, in partnership with Scottish Government, Highlands and Islands Enterprise and the Scottish Funding Council and is part of a national approach designed to establish Scotland as a global centre for open innovation. The Fund provides a single point of access and simplifies support for the public sector and SMEs. It is different to other forms of innovation support as it provides a 100% funded R&D contract to successful companies to design and test new solutions with the public sector with the company retaining the right to exploit IP developed in larger export markets.