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Universities Mean Business Event

On 1 June the Tech Park will be taking a stand at the Universities Mean Business event, hosted by Cranfield University.

Organised by Velocity Growth Hub, the one-day event will bring together leading academic institutions across the South East Midlands including Cranfield University, The Open University, The University of Northampton, University of Buckingham, University of Bedfordshire and UCMK for a lively discussion around what it means to do business in partnership with them.

The event will cover topics including Smart Cities, technology, cyber security, lean management and people and productivity.

The Universities will emphasise their potential as well as desire to support local businesses in becoming more competitive and innovative. Delegates, expected to be largely small and medium sized companies, will also learn how best to connect and extract value from knowledge transfer opportunities and about new funding opportunities, innovation, collaboration, entrepreneurship and growth.

SEMLEP’s new Chief Executive Stephen Catchpole will close the event.

There is capacity for up to 200 businesses. To register for this free of charge event please click here.

Businesses interested in paying to have a stand at this event can email SEMLEP here:

Collectively, the seven universities in the South East Midlands generate a combined annual income exceeding £928 million (2012/13) through their higher education, innovation and research activities making them an economically active and vital part of our locality. The seven universities already work closely together, having formed the South East Midlands Universities Group known as “SEMU”. They work together to support business and jobs growth across key sectors, including aerospace, automotive engineering, bioscience, defence and security, energy, environment and manufacturing sectors, creative arts, leather technologies and logistics.