SOUTH BANK INNOVATION

Let's bring knowledge to life

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A business team discussing a graph on a chart

We’re dedicated to unlocking potential, driving innovation and boosting economic growth.

We connect individuals, business and society with London South Bank University (LSBU), extracting the knowledge, expertise, research, resources and opportunities from a university that’s been transforming lives for over 120 years.

The partnerships we develop focus on tackling social, economic and environmental challenges. Delivering real-world solutions with a tangible impact for you, your organisation and beyond.

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We partner with businesses of all sizes to help them grow

Since 2016, we've helped SMEs to access over £21m in State Aid Funding for the:

Creation and testing of new products
Hiring and training of staff
Learning of key business skills and development of business strategies
Access of consultancy, mentorship, equipment and facilities

For larger businesses, we're able to offer unique collaborative opportunities to help you become competitive leaders within your sector.

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Helping ev.energy balance the National Grid
Case study: ev.energy
Case study: ev.energy

We lead the way on societal themes and challenges

London already has a higher qualified workforce than most of Europe, but recent challenges mean that the city is more exposed to risk as migration and working patterns change. We provide businesses, employees, students and residents with the support they need to mobilise their positions - resulting in millions of economic benefits for the local community as businesses fill skills gaps and wages increase.

Creation and testing of new products
Hiring and training of staff
Learning of key business skills and development of business strategies
Access of consultancy, mentorship, equipment and facilities
Funded career support
Funded career support
Access fully-funded career support
Access fully-funded career support
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Without support we would not have been able to progress as rapidly as we have and would not have secured our IP.

Bespoke to the needs of your business, community or concern

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For Startups

We help you to build strong foundations, make important connections, and take your business to market. Our support is tiered to provide a path to progression for all.

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For Scaleups

We give you the support you need to scale, find and train talent, access specialist research expertise and facilities and, of course, seek and secure funding.

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For Established Businesses

We give you access to cutting edge ideas, and the ability to accelerate your innovation agenda. We connect you with our experts and our wider network of innovation partners.

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For Workforce Development

We provide professional development and training for organisations and individuals - access to insight and expertise through partnership and consultancy, and for individuals, through events and services.

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For Influential Networks

We build strong knowledge partnerships and research networks, link universities and research organisations, businesses and individuals together around specialist areas of insight and expertise.

Our service offerings

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Funded Programmes

With projects covering a range of business stages and sectors, our fully-funded support ensures we are able to provide free access to industry-leading research and development.

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Collaboration

With projects covering a range of business stages, we can help you with business development, improving processes and services or developing and capabilities. We can help you access unique sources of funding to achieve these goals. Our fully-funded support ensures we are able to provide free access to industry-leading research and development.

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Courses

We provide professional development in a number of areas, enabling individuals to refresh their current skillset or move forward in new directions. We also offer subsidised opportunities via the Government's Help to Grow scheme.

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Space

We have affordable office space in both Southwark and Croydon. We also provide conference venues, meeting rooms, specialist facilities and filming locations.

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Expertise

We offer expert research and development (R&D) to businesses who want to solve current and potential challenges. Businesses can access our research through a variety of funding options.

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Talent

We're always looking to connect LSBU students with businesses who can help apply their learning. We offer apprenticeships and internships, as well as fully-funded opportunities via our suite of support programmes.

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The latest content and events

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November 21, 2023

LSBU celebrates world leading knowledge exchange with KEF 3

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October 27, 2023

Business Connector attracts over 120 attendees

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Case Study
September 12, 2023

Scaling up and getting retail ready with UpRooted Farms

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September 12, 2023

Creating safe shelf-stable products for Good Koffee

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Case Study
September 11, 2023

Taking cookie dough from sweet to savoury with Doughlicious

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March 12, 2024

Business Connector: Are you ready for the Fourth Industrial Revolution?

Connect with your peers, future partners and leading experts to explore a word of new ideas, funding and collaboration opportunities.
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