Business Fellow Network

The Connected Places Catapult Business Fellow Network is a network of experts joint funded by the Connected Places Catapult and participating academic institutions with strong records in research and innovation across the UK.

The aim is to bring university outputs closer to commercialisation and enable academics to increase their industry engagement, entrepreneurship and research impact as well as creating commercial and CR&D opportunities between the Connected Places Catapult, universities, and industry.

Business Fellows play an instrumental role in helping Connected Places Catapult to foster more collaborations, leading to large scale CR&D submissions, with an ultimate goal of growing UK Plc by maximising the alignment of academic effort with social and economic needs. 

Fellows have joined from 15 academic institutes including the Universities of Lancaster, Leeds, Nottingham, Bristol, Southampton, Brunel Uni London, UCL, Brighton, Coventry, Birmingham, Strathclyde, Chester, Kent; and Cranfield and Newcastle Universities.

To learn more about the fellows, view our brochure here.

Wave 1

Wave 1 ran from January to December 2019, engaging 14 Business Fellows across 13 Universities. Business Fellows were based in their academic partner institutions, bringing research outputs closer to commercialisation. This enabled academics to increase their industry engagement, entrepreneurship and research impact to support their universities to achieve Knowledge Exchange Framework (KEF) targets.  

Business Fellows are Knowledge Exchange Experts who identify opportunities for deeper university / CPC – industry collaborations that accelerate pace, scale and impact of CR&D. Business Fellows worked with CPC Solutions Architects, Technology Teams and with specific bid teams, to source appropriate university inputs to CPC-led consortia.  They engaged the most appropriate academics from relevant disciplines (engineering, human factors, business, data, etc) which is achieved through 1:1 pairing between the successful Fellows and internal CPC experts (or ‘buddies’), and use of a secure shared Microsoft Teams channel as the platform for capturing interaction. 

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