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BNU – 1124 hours of business support and counting

In 2018 Buckinghamshire New University (BNU) embarked on a journey as part of a team of delivery partners to accelerate the commercialisation and adoption of new health & social care technologies. 

Funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), the vision was to support 110 businesses with advice from the health sector, alongside business mentoring to progress an idea into a reality.  Through the Bucks HSC Ventures programme BNU has worked with Bucks Healthcare Trust, Bucks Council, Bucks Clinical Commissioning Group, and Oxford Academic Health Sciences Network to successfully deliver 1124 hours of business support to 168 new companies in the area of health & social care.  As a result they’ve seen a range of products move from an idea to a commercial product or service over the past 3 years.

The Oxfordshire-based firm, Binding Sciences, was one of the businesses to benefit from the programme.  Managing Director, Keith Binding, said: The Bucks HSC Ventures team really understood what we needed to move our development project and business forward, particularly when it came to connecting us with key people in the Buckinghamshire Health Care ecosystem who could help us with valuable insights into end user needs”

With Bucks HSC Ventures ending later this summer, BNU continue to develop new programmes to support innovation and entrepreneurship.  Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) are just one of the schemes currently open for businesses to support innovation. 

KTPs are available for SMEs through to multi-national corporations across all industries.  With funding available from Innovate UK, the KTP scheme provides access to knowledge, resource and funding to help your business to innovate and improve its productivity. 

New programmes are being developed at BNU all the time to add to the hours of support offered to businesses, so watch this space for further opportunities to access support and funding to help your business to grow.

For more information about Buckinghamshire New University’s innovation and entrepreneur support, please contact Francesca Martin:

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