We believe that our universities are key institutions at the heart of how our economy innovates. We are committed to helping them find new and innovative ways to develop in their role as education, innovation and entrepreneurial institutions and as full interactive partners within our innovation ecosystem.


In particular, by working jointly with leading universities, businesses and policy groups, we are in a unique position to find ways in which universities become better co-creators when unleashing their research excellence. To achieve maximum impact the Big Innovation Centre is working on this challenge in partnership with a selection of the UK’s leading higher education institutions.

In 2015 we aim to launch a fellowship scheme on open innovation with our universities to create higher level problem-solving skills among academics and co-creation skills among those entering companies from universities. Students, doctoral researchers or early career academics / post docs at one of our leading universities will respond to an Open Innovation challenge, and have open innovation placements in up to four BIC big companies.



March 2013– Our input to HEFCE (Higher Education Funding Councils for England) consultation into open access requirements for the post-2014 REF (Research Excellence Framework) is featured on HEFCE website

June 2013 – Big innovation hosts EU conference on Future Emerging Technologies 2020: A cycle of three conferences to shape Europe’s pathway for radically new technologies (This was the first conference on how to best engage in EU’s Flagship initiative of Horizon 2020, partk of EU's Research Area and the Innovation Union initiative)

July 2013 - XI Triple Helix International Conference 2013 London: ‘Bringing businesses, universities and governments together to co-innovate and solve economic, social and technological challenges: The Triple Helix in a context of global change: continuing, mutating or unravelling?’ Global Conference with 350 people from more than 25 nations, UK, 7-10 July 2013. Big Innovation Centre co-hosts with University College London and Birkbeck College of the University of London

September 2013 – Big Innovation Centre is cited in the Witty Review “Universities and growth: the Witty” review highlights challenges faced by small companies when compared to large companies when interacting with universities (p. 66). The citation refers to Big Innovation Centre report 'Collaborate to Innovate: How business can work with universities to generate knowledge and drive innovation’

November 2013 – ‘Collaborate to Innovate: How business can work with universities to generate knowledge and drive innovation  is launched’ - Commissioned by the Intellectual Property Office, the Big Innovation Centre on develop best practice recommendations and policies to support the users of the academic knowledge base.