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Near-Life VR learning project gets Innovate UK funding

InnovateUK grant for Near-Life VR learning project

We have been awarded a prestigious Innovate UK grant to deliver an interactive VR learning project to support the UK’s international response efforts.

“This award is fantastic news for us. It will super charge our ability to push the boundaries in the exciting world of immersive learning. There’s a lot of interesting work being done in Greater Manchester’s Tech Scene and it’s an exciting time to be working in this space – especially on a project like this that can make a real difference.”

Mike Todd, Co-founder & CEO, Near-Life

The Innovate UK grant will support us in further developing our technology to allow for the creation of interactive VR learning, built around a pilot project focused on an Emergency Field Hospital scenario.

The bid was endorsed by the UK’s Department for International Development and will involve close collaboration with the UK’s emergency international responders, including UK ISAR.

Funding is coming from Innovate UK’s Audience of the Future fund, aimed at the immersive tech space and designed to boost the UK’s strategic position in this emerging sector. The project will be a global first in how it is being designed and put together.

The grant is matched with investment from the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund, managed by Maven Capital Partners, and Innovate UK grant partners GC Angels. Both are following on from investments they made in May 2019.

GC Angels fund manager Damian Mohammed added:

“This grant will enable the company to launch a revolutionary service that will have a longstanding impact, and we’re excited to see how the UK will benefit from this new technology.”

Tom Morgan, Investment Associate at Maven Capital Partners, said:

“We are delighted to continue to support Near-Life in delivering this new project.  Securing this Innovate UK grant will enable the Business to take their immersive learning technology to the next level through the development of VR-based learning capabilities.”

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