Delivered by

University of Hull

Funded until 2023 by

European Regional Development Fund

Make a difference to future business innovation by joining our Awards Panel

SparkFund are looking for people based in York, North Yorkshire or the Humber who are passionate about innovation and helping businesses grow.

SparkFund is an innovation support and grants programme available to SMEs in the York, North Yorkshire and Humber regions. We help SMEs to grow and scale up through Innovation and Research and Development.

Since we launched in May 2017 we have had an outstanding response to the programme and to date we have supported over 217 SMEs to apply for funding.

Our independent Awards Panel reviews and scores grant applications from businesses who are seeking SparkFund grants. Applications could be for small business changes or substantial game-changing projects –every single application will help a business move forward. Our grants can help businesses to develop products, services or processes.

Membership is voluntary, and you’ll help decide how future grants are made to businesses that in-turn benefit and empower our community.

We welcome applications from individuals experienced in being on panels of this type as well as individuals who are keen to develop this skill and who have specialist knowledge or understanding of a particular sector or aspect of business.

Successful applications have led to some outstanding impacts for our community and economy:

- Saving of 405 tonnes in CO2
- 170 new jobs
- £10.4m increase in profitability (estimated increase)

SparkFund is delivered by the University of Hull and is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).

If you would like to be considered as a panel member please contact either Pauline Mitchell, SparkFund Programme Manager on 07484 924858 or email for an informal discussion.