Entrepreneurial Futures

Entrepreneurial Futures

Nurturing, embedding and accelerating an entrepreneurial culture in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly: an agile approach from higher and further education providers

Lead Organisation: University of Exeter

Investment Priority: Supporting Local Business

Fund: Research, Development & Innovation – Entrepreneurial Culture

SPF awarded: £5,688,048

Location: Cornwall and Isles of Scilly wide

Entrepreneurial Futures is a £5.6m SPF investment in research, development and innovation (RD&I) activity for businesses based in Cornwall & Isles of Scilly. Led by University of Exeter with partners University of Plymouth, Falmouth University and Duchy College, it is a wide-ranging initiative focusing on the major research priorities which include the following sectoral support:

  • Clean Energy
  • Geo-resources
  • Robotics/Automation
  • Agri-food
  • Net zero & Biodiversity
  • Immersive Technologies
  • Business Circularity

Businesses will have access to advice, support, academic collaboration as well as world class facilities to innovate new ideas, products and processes, enabling them to improve productivity, reduce costs and reach new UK and export markets.

At the same time, the project will undertake specific research to identify barriers to entrepreneurialism, such as socio-economic factors, and provide advice to government and policy makers on creating an environment where it can flourish.  These research projects will aim to identify root cause and potential solutions in addressing fundamental issues associated with Entrepreneurial growth in the region.

The project also includes two flagship RD&I initiatives which have the potential to directly benefit key sectors in the local economy:

An Environmental Living Laboratory, to be developed by Duchy College, will provide a platform and the environment to test and demonstrate innovations in agri-environmental monitoring and visualisation.

A pioneering Geotracer facility will be established at University of Exeter to trace river/marine pollution, land contamination, and groundwater sources—a capability representing a step change for C&IoS, opening up entirely new areas of development and innovation.

In addition, there will be a number of internship opportunities available for businesses to assist with a specific RD&I project. The programme will also host workshops, and dissemination events to actively engage and support enterprises.

For further information or to register interest please contact the team on EntreFutures@exeter.ac.uk


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