Many of the higher education institutions that are ITT Centres of Excellence have established innovation hubs and incubators, providing a fertile ground for collaboration between businesses, researchers, and entrepreneurs. 

These dynamic hubs offer physical spaces, mentorship, and networking opportunities, enabling businesses to work alongside researchers and access a wide range of support services. Through these collaborative efforts, businesses can tap into the creativity and expertise of the academic community, propelling their own innovation and growth.

For instance, the Surrey Institute for People-Centred AI brings together diverse academic disciplines to foster new perspectives on AI and its practical applications to real-world problems. By engaging with this institute, businesses can benefit from the intersection of cutting-edge research and practical AI solutions.

At Manchester Met, they combine real-life business insights with academic knowledge to empower ambitious SMEs to reach their full potential. Whether you're seeking to develop a new product or service, embark on digital transformation, or rejuvenate your business strategy, our community of inspiring SMEs is making tangible impacts in their organisations and shaping the future of business.

Joining a higher education innovation hub opens up a world of possibilities, allowing businesses to collaborate with researchers, access valuable resources, and tap into a supportive ecosystem. By becoming part of this dynamic community, businesses can accelerate their innovation journey and unlock their true potential.

For more information, and to talk to the relevant contact at each university, please contact Paul Evans, Head of Membership on 0844 4995 653 or