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SME engagement

Supporting business incubation and growth

IAAPS has been built with collaboration at its heart, working across our networks to support business incubation and SME growth. IAAPS works to drive innovation across companies of all sizes and facilitate partnerships between innovators and those who can help realise their ideas. There are a number of ways small businesses can work with IAAPS and our networks.

Creating a Highly Productive Engineering Cluster

Through IAAPS’ open access model, academics, automotive industry partners and small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) are able to conduct transformational research with access to world-class research infrastructure and people. This promotes greater collaboration and the sharing of expertise to advance knowledge. The IAAPS team, in partnership with SETsquared, are working to establish networks across the South West region to bring together experts and their ideas to deliver the innovation required to support the automotive industry on the Road To Zero. A number of initiatives are in place, including the Advanced Technologies Network, which enable companies to meet, cooperate and jointly develop their ideas into funding bids and collaborative research and projects.

Next Generation Transport – SETsquared Scale-Up Programme

In recent years, the transport sector has begun to close the gap on other sectors with cutting-edge developments, making new modes of transport a reality. In the not-too-distant future, when people do need to travel, they may be able to do so through the use of fully autonomous vehicles, leading to the improvement of journey times, passenger comfort and safety, as well as safeguarding the environment.

At this pivotal time, the SETsquared Scale-Up Programme has a range of opportunities for companies and academics innovating in the area of Next Generation Transport.

The SETsquared mission is to accelerate the growth of SMEs through access to expertise at our six scale-up partner universities (Bath, Bristol, Cardiff, Exeter, Southampton and Surrey) and help to raise public and private investment.

IAAPS offers our academic, industrial and SME partners access to propulsion research expertise with a strong focus on collaboration and support for business incubation and SME growth.

Looking to collaborate on a project?

We are a collaborator of choice for sustainable partnerships underpinned by first-class infrastructure and one of the world's most highly respected and experienced propulsion research and engineering teams.