Educational establishments in Swansea Bay have a strong desire to work with business to help them to develop and grow. The creation of several specialist institutes linked to the universities are key to the economic regeneration of the region and have provided a strong local support network for businesses and companies and some world class facilities for research and development.
DRI aim to support businesses & academics with; advice on collaborative projects; funding schemes; how to access training and CPD & act as a portal for further interaction
Swansea University collaborative research links with industry are among the best in the UK. Visit the Swansea University site for examples of industrial collaboration
KEW enables universities and businesses to reach out to each other to drive forward collaborative projects with like-minded partners. The only Welsh business network to be a member of Global CONNECT, a highly successful world-wide business innovation and investment network, KEW enables its members to participate in international opportunities for development and growth.
Swansea University is a key partner in the Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) partnership and can therefore open up a reservoir of business and technology opportunities from across the EU for Welsh businesses.
Academia for Business (A4B) funding.
A4B is a programme of support funded by the Welsh Assembly Government and European Structural Funds aimed at providing a simplified, integrated package of support for knowledge transfer from academia to business. A4B brings together a suite of already successful programmes into one, overarching programme, improving on previous capabilities.
Knowledge Transfer Partnerships is a UK-wide programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK Knowledge Base. KTP achieves this by helping organisations to access knowledge, technology or skills from the UK’s knowledge base, which includes universities, further education colleges and research and technology organisations. A recently qualified graduate is based with you and an academic from the institution works closely with them to achieve the agreed aims of the project. This gives you the chance to access qualified people to spearhead new projects. KTPs are offered through both Swansea University and Gower College Swansea
Strategic Insight Programme(SIP).
The Strategic Insight Programme (SIP) is a collaborative, pan-Wales programme, funded by HEFCW, encouraging innovation and facilitating interaction between university staff and public, private and voluntary sector organisations.
Swansea Innovations Ltd is responsible for the management and exploitation of intellectual property owned by Swansea University. For external companies, Swansea Innovations is the gateway to accessing the University’s intellectual property whether by licensing or by accessing the know-how and expertise of the University staff through consultancy projects.