26 November 2020



This event is facilitated by the South West Regional Defence & Security Cluster (SW RDSC). The SW RDSC is the first pan-Defence and Security cluster in the UK, having launched on November 4 2020. It forms a collaboration led by industry and academia with the support of government and its ministerial departments such as the MOD and its innovation directorate, and the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA). The Cluster seeks to aggregate and raise the profile of regional Defence & Security (D&S) capability to stimulate greater sector knowledge, business, economic growth and productivity across the South West region.


About this Event

Join Mike Madden, the South West of England Innovation Partner for the Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) for a Meet DASA Event. During this webinar Mike will explain what DASA is and how you can apply for funding to develop your ideas.

In addition, you’ll find out how DASA funds novel ideas through a range of innovation competitions and how Mike can support you as an innovator in the South West.

Mike will also be joined by Alan Scrase, Lead for the DASA Access to Mentoring and Finance initiative, who will give information on the range of business support, guidance and finance opportunities we offer to potential and existing suppliers. There will also be an opportunity for Q&A with both Mike and Alan.

What is the Defence and Security Accelerator?

DASA finds and funds exploitable innovation to support UK Defence and Security quickly and effectively. DASA is open to anyone with a good idea that could be of potential benefit to Defence or Security, offering a simple mechanism to apply for support and funding.

Who is the Event Host?

Mike Madden, the DASA Innovation Partner for the South West of England, is a member of the SW RDSC Board. His DASA role is to seek out innovative ideas and novel research and development in his region which could be of benefit to Government Defence and Security stakeholders. In addition, he offers advice to innovators on how their innovations could connect with Defence and Security challenges. Mike has a wealth of experience in DASA processes as well as in mentoring and advising businesses on how to nurture and accelerate innovative ideas. Prior to joining DASA, Mike was an officer in the Royal Air Force Regiment, so also has a unique understanding of Defence from an end user perspective.

Who should attend and why?

DASA seeks ideas from across academia and industry, including SMEs, micros, established businesses, spin-outs and third sector organisations. Applicants are frequently new to DASA and may not have supplied the Defence or Security sectors previously. We are interested in meeting and connecting with any and all businesses, both big and small, and those from academia in the South West of England.

If you are curious or think your idea could be adapted to benefit UK Defence & Security – then come along and ‘Meet DASA’.

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For further information about the South West Regional Defence & Security Cluster, please contact southwest.rdsc@outlook.com