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Digital Innovation for Growth (DIfG)

Get free digital support for your business

Digital Innovation for Growth (DIfG) is a free service to help your SME make the most of digital technology — so you can grow your business, improve your products, maximise efficiency and adopt new ways of working. 

It links your organisation with business experts from Sheffield Hallam University, and state-of-the-art design, prototyping and testing facilities at DMC 02 at Barnsley’s Digital Campus – The Seam.

The programme is available for SMEs across the Sheffield City Region, as well as Chesterfield, North-East Derbyshire, Derbyshire Dales, Bolsover and Bassetlaw.

Free consultancy and facilities

Our academic experts and business consultants can help you with techniques and processes such as:

  • smart technologies —digital systems which monitor, learn and adapt to their environment
  • system level electronic design and prototyping — a blend of off the shelf system components and custom designed circuitry
  • data acquisition, monitoring and analysis — sensor technologies inside your system to optimise processes and maintenance
  • systems integration —increase performance, efficiency and quality whilst reducing cost
  • artificial intelligence – mirroring human skills and capabilities with technology
  • formal analysis — employing mathematical tools for analysis and design
  • data analytics — understanding and discovering more large and diverse data sets
  • networks and cyber security — ensuring safe, secure and reliable communication and information exchange
  • interaction design — ensuring that systems are well designed for their users’ needs and experiences
  • embedded systems — designing dedicated systems inter-operating with and controlling devices and sensors
  • software engineering — future proofing the design, development and integrity of software.
  • mixed reality — combining virtual and the real in shared online virtual worlds.

If eligible, you’ll receive support from a Digital Innovation Adviser to help you find the right solution for your business. 

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Speak to our innovation team today

0114 225 5000
innovation@shu.ac.uk

About Digital Innovation for Growth

Digital Innovation for Growth (DIfG) is a new scheme from Sheffield Hallam University and Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council. It’s an £1.8m, 3-year programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund. The programme has been launched to stimulate digital innovation in small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the region.

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