Social enterprise among innovation big winners

e-Motorsport STEM education provider, The Blair Project is one of ten Greater Manchester projects awarded millions of pounds in funding after being selected to become part of the city-region’s Innovation Accelerator programme. The pioneering, Black-led social enterprise, is the only SME, amongst the heavyweight line up of academia, public agencies and corporates to secure a share of £100 million, awarded by the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology (DSIT).

The Innovation Accelerator projects will drive pioneering research, technology adoption, job creation and skills development in sectors where Greater Manchester has existing research strengths, including advanced materials, artificial intelligence (AI), diagnostics, and net zero. Projects will support businesses with adopting new technologies and people developing new skills, while attracting private R&D investment, creating jobs and stimulating economic growth.

The projects were selected by the Innovation Greater Manchester board, a business-led partnership that brings together the private sector, academia and local government, working with Innovate UK and DSIT.

The Blair Project will use the funding to develop AR EdTech For Hydrogen Skills,  an education technology (edtech) platform providing hydrogen skills training content for the manufacturing, construction, transport and energy sectors.

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