An interesting argument is being played out in the United Kingdom, where the Conservative government is reviewing a program known as Innovate UK. The majority party, which came to power promising British voters more fiscal restraints on big government spending, is reviewing a lot more than just funding to corporate innovation programs. Taxpayers, however, can be persuasive, and the question now facing the British people is whether the government should continue helping to fund promising technology startups or instead give loans to the companies in question.That debate has sparked the greater question as to whether innovation can be created by providing the right people with the right tools and the right space and then 'bottling it up,' so to speak. The Financial Times recently pointed out that the British aerospace giant Rolls-Royce spent some £650 million on research & development last year. It also received £35 million through the Innovate UK program. Would that extra £35 million have been missed by a technologically-savvy company like Rolls-Royce? I tend to think every last penny that goes towards innovation is important, so my answer would be yes in the grand scheme of things.