We are pleased to announce that the Heart of the South West LEP region has recently been chosen by Government to be one of only six regions in England given the chance to closely examine how we can help improve our innovation ecosystem.

A team led by the LEP in partnership with representatives from the public and private sector are taking part in the world renowned MIT REAP Regional Entrepreneurship Acceleration Programme, which seeks to help countries and regions to support economic growth and social progress by fostering innovation and entrepreneurship.

Your views matter: We are keen to engage a wider group of regional experts, from a range of diverse sectors. This will allow us to gain greater insight and intelligence about how our region supports its businesses and the nature of the HotSW Innovation ecosystem. Ultimately, we expect this process to help foster strategic buy in for the outcomes, result in a number of recommendations for action for the LEP and to inform its investments.

Get involved – We would like to invite you to attend as one of our LEP Regional Experts and we hope that you will join us for this innovation workshop to be hosted at the University of Exeter on behalf of the HotSW LEP.

By the end of the day we will seek to have clearly defined our must-win battles, identified some early quick win strategic initiatives and outlined and agreed an approach for stakeholder engagement.


  • Introduction – What is MIT REAP (The MIT REAP team)
  • Facilitated Group Work – SECTORAL
  1. Higher Education Institutions
  2. Local Authorities
  3. Risk Capital
  4. SMEs and business support
  • Group Discussion and Recommendations
  • Facilitated Group Work – GEOGRAPHIC
  1. Devon
  2. Somerset
  3. Torbay
  4. Plymouth
  • Group Discussion and Recommendations
  • Next Steps


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