The state-of-the-art facilities at the Aura Innovation Centre, ranging from 3D printers to the most powerful microscopes in the region – also went on show.
SMEs from across the Humber shared their own stories of how the team at Aura had helped drive their business forwards, laying foundations for them to thrive and prosper in a low-carbon future.
Lloyd Atkin, Managing Director at The Bio-D Company, said: “Previously, when looking for lab space which met our company’s needs, we have had to go as far afield as France.
“After meeting Louise Smith at Aura at a Make UK event, and discovering what Aura and the AIC had to offer, it has been so refreshing to see these facilities available in the region.
“There is a great appetite for collaboration in the Humber, and the AIC is a fantastic facility with great people working inside it. We are now working together on all sorts of projects, and I would urge any business to get in touch with the team at Aura.”
The Aura Innovation Centre is funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and led by the University of Hull.
Professor Susan Lea, Vice-Chancellor at the University, opened the Festival of Green Innovation alongside East Riding Council Leader Cllr Richard Burton.
Prof. Lea said: “The Festival of Green Innovation is a really exciting concept which aims to showcase the University’s impact and role in the Humber region around clean growth.
“Importantly, it also aims to shine a light on the SMEs we have in the Humber, who are the backbone of our regional economy.
“Through Aura, we aim to support businesses from across all different sectors. We can provide advice and guidance on the various funding streams which may be available to you, and provide access to our host of academics, allowing us to work together to solve some of the challenges your business may face and create a low-carbon future.”
Find out more about Aura, and the Aura Innovation Centre.