Design for Growth

As part of the Grow Tees Valley programme, Teesside University has commissioned Edge Innovation to deliver design thinking support to local businesses. Design for Growth is focused on the development of design thinking knowledge and the application of specific tools and mindsets to develop innovative solutions, products and services.
At Edge we believe that supporting organisations to incorporate design thinking tools and processes into their businesses will create positive impact and growth within the Tees Valley. However, we also acknowledge that while large businesses often have large budgets to invest in design, training, and expert facilitation, this is not the case for smaller organisations.

From November 2022 to March 2023, selected small to medium sized organisations from the Tees Valley will be able to participate in a series of workshops and business support activities to shape their future products or services.

The programme is free to join and will include a minimum of 12 hours of support delivered by Edge. These support activities will consist of:
A series of cohort-based design workshops which will provide more detail on each stage of the design process: discover, define, develop, and deliver. We will provide processes and activities to help you develop a greater understanding of users’ needs and how to use this to develop your proposition.

The opportunity to receive coaching in between each workshop where organisations will be helped review their current offering and guided through the implementation of design-led processes on a 1-to-1 basis.    
Register your interest by sending the following information to :

- Your name.
- Your organisation name.
- Your organisation postcode.
- Tell us about the products and services your organisation offers (where you're at.)
- Tell us why you would like to participate in this programme? Specify the points you would like to develop with design-led thinking.
Grow Tees Valley is a part-funded service available to growth-oriented Tees Valley businesses employing fewer than 250 staff with an annual turnover no greater than €50m per annum. The Grow Tees Valley project is receiving up to £3.238m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.