DSEI 23 Full Programme


Innovation for operational advantage: Accessing test facilities, innovation funding programmes and bringing innovators to market

12 Sep 2023
International Business Forum
Technology Innovation
Innovation lies at the core of operational advantage. Successful innovation requires a multifaced approach to empower visionaries. Key to this approach is granting innovators access to cutting-edge test facilities for prototyping, and innovation funding programmes to provide financial backing to ultimately transform concepts into reality. This panel approaches how to access these facilities and get funded, as well as how to overcome barriers as an innovator when breaking into the defence market, addressing regulatory challenges, procurement processes and scalability issues that innovators might approach along the way. 
Hetti Barkworth-Nanton, Chief Executive Officer - Ploughshare
Edward Ebbern, Founder of the Defence BattleLab and Innovation Lead for NavyX - Royal Navy
Ms Linda Knutsen, Division Head - Exploration - Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl)
Mr John Ridge CBE, Director Defence Innovation - UK Ministry of Defence
Ms Greta Monika Tučkutė, Deputy Minister of National Defence - Republic of Lithuania
Harriet Wollerton, ADS Services Director - ADS Group Ltd
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