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Business Boost

The ESRC-funded Business Boost 2020 scheme aims to expand opportunities and build the capacity of social science doctoral students (PGRs) and early career researchers (ECRs) to engage and collaborate with business. With our partners at the Universities of SussexEssex, the SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership and SurreyIDEA, the ESRC IAA team are delivering some unique and energetic business engagement workshops.

We're also delivering short 'bitesize' sessions with members of Surrey's successful business and innovation community, to offer researchers fresh and relevant insights into the commercial world around them.

Browse through the information below to find out more.

Business Boost at Surrey

Surrey Idea

The ESRC-funded Business Boost 2020 scheme utilises funding from the Government’s National Productivity Investment Fund to expand opportunities and build the capacity of social science doctoral students and early career researchers to engage and collaborate with business. 

This project is being designed and delivered by the ESRC Impact Acceleration Accounts at the Universities of Surrey, Sussex and Essex, and in collaboration with the ESRC-funded SeNSS Doctoral Training Partnership. It is running from February 2020 until September 2021.

The University of Surrey ESRC IAA is delighted to be working closely with the Surrey Innovation and Digital Enterprise Academic (SurreyIDEA) on this BB2020 project, who have created the Connecting and Engaging Researchers with Business programme. This programme has provided a suite of inter-connected workshops and online activities which will engage and support researchers to understand the value of engaging with business.

The programme has provided opportunities to develop the relevant skills and competencies for effective engagement with business. Employing an original innovation sprint methodology, workshops will offer the opportunity to work with a range of businesses on engagement and skills development activities across a variety of relevant topics, ranging from business model innovation through to problem-solving and the commercialisation of social science research.

Business Boost SurreyIDEA Past Workshops

Business Boost Bitesize Past Events

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