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Supporting growth and innovation

Successful innovation is nothing new to the University of Hull.  We have a track record of supporting the growth and innovation of businesses and the regional economy, working with businesses across all sectors and sizes.

We'll help you develop your ideas, grow your business and connect with like-minded organisations and research experts.  Find out more below.

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Aura Innovation Centre

The Aura Innovation Centre (AIC) is a community that supports businesses of all sizes, helping them to accelerate low-carbon projects, drive green innovation and deliver clean business growth.
We help businesses to get their carbon reducing innovation ideas off the ground through specialist funding support, access to advanced testing facilities and the right expertise to help deliver your project.
Whether that idea is a new product, process or service, we’ll help you to deliver it.

Visit the Aura Innovation website


Flood Innovation Centre

The Flood Innovation Centre supports small and medium-sized businesses to develop new flood resilience products and services. The centre was established in April 2019 in response to climate change and a desire to drive forward commercial thinking in the flood resilience sector. It brings our world-class research in climate change, engineering, logistics, materials and computer science to Humber based SMEs.

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SparkFund is an innovation support and grants programme that will help you to improve or develop exciting new products, services or processes. If you’re a small to medium sized business in the Humber, York, North Yorkshire region with aspirations to move forward, then click below to find out more.

Visit the SparkFund Website

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Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

A KTP enables a business to bring in new skills and the latest academic thinking to deliver a specific, strategic innovation project through a knowledge-based partnership. Business partners benefit from academic expertise not otherwise available in-house, access to grant monies and the opportunity to gain a competitive edge in their market.

Find out more about KTPS


Hull University Business School

Hull University Business School offers a range of open and bespoke courses for professionals wanting to further develop their leadership and management skills and to transform their business. Our academic experts and professional associates draw upon world leading research and practical business experience to deliver high quality, impactful training for executives. We combine practical knowledge with an entrepreneurial mind set to ensure that participants on our programmes are equipped with the tools and attributes to build and grow successful organisations.

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Humber Internships Programme (HIP)

HIP is quite simply about matching the skills needs of Humber businesses with talented students and graduates through part-funded 12 week internships.
Whether you need extra resource or skills to jump-start a project or a route to finding the best emerging talent in the region, HIP can help.

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Social Care Innovation Programme

Addressing the challenges of social care through smart technologies.

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Do you want to explore how we can work together to drive your business success? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch.