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Centre for Defence Enterprise: Open for business
A brand new centre fostering new technologies for the frontline officially opened its doors today.
The Centre for Defence Enterprise (CDE), a new initiative modelled on commercial science parks, will help bring bright ideas that could aid current operations to fruition. Based at Harwell, situated in the Oxford-London-Cambridge 'Golden Triangle', the Centre will bring together inventors, investors, entrepreneurs and academics who together will incubate new technologies and turn ideas to cutting edge reality.
Challenges the CDE will tackle include solutions to problems facing soldiers on current operations, such as how to reduce the weight of personal kit and increase mobility through new technologies.
The best innovation proposals will be taken forward as research contracts to produce the next generation of military equipment and technology. It also seeks to stimulate wider entrepreneurial interest in the defence sector.
Applicants will submit proposals for assessment and the Centre for Defence Enterprise will support those ideas that have the potential to meet current and future operational requirements. The aim is to capture these ideas and develop them into solutions that can be quickly applied to the frontline.
Innovators will be invited to regular seminars showing them what defence is looking for, further opening up communication of MoD's science and technology requirements.
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