At the Aura Innovation Centre, we help your business to make the right connections to accelerate commercial low-carbon innovation. Our Innovation Managers can shape your idea to gain maximum business benefit whilst make it easy to partner with the University of Hull.

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How we operate

The Aura Innovation Centre enables businesses of all sizes to connect with the academic research power at the University of Hull and accelerate your carbon-reducing ideas, no matter which sector you’re in. Access world-leading expertise and high tech facilities to achieve your low-carbon ambitions.

We believe that by working together we can help your business boost productivity and increase efficiency by giving you the opportunity to bring innovations to life with specialist support.

Whether you’re ready to test ideas, develop prototypes or you’re simply identifying opportunities for growth we can help you at any stage of your innovation.

From product testing to improving business processes, our friendly team of experts can help you save time, cut costs and reduce your organisation’s carbon footprint.

Benefits to your business

Our knowledgeable business development team offer businesses access to stand-out technologies, facilities and unparalleled expertise, collaborating with the greatest minds from the University of Hull.

No matter what stage your innovation is at, we can work together to drive your business forward and develop sustainable solutions.

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Facilities designed for collaboration

A sustainable environment designed to encourage collaboration, the AIC contains 7 high quality events and conference spaces, flexible workspace and adaptable workshop with specialist equipment to help accelerate your innovation projects.

All the spaces are brand new and fitted-out to the highest specifications.

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Business-focused Masters Projects

Organisations can propose a business-focused Masters research project to investigate a specific business issue or challenge. This will be delivered at no cost by a Masters student over a 3-4 month period, supported by our leading academics.

We have a wide range of opportunities for projects across our MSc Business Management and Logistics programmes where a student chooses to undertakes a piece of research or project on a business or management issue. This will usually investigate a defined research area and results in a substantial company-focused report featuring extensive research, analysis and practical conclusions.

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Am I eligible for funded support?

We’re here to help your business innovate and we’re always looking to support collaboration, whether that’s with us or others we can help. If you have an idea that will drive your business into a greener future, no matter how big or small then please get in touch.

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Need help driving a sustainable solution?

We support businesses to accelerate their ideas to help achieve their ambitions. If you have an idea to accelerate your business, we’ll help you deliver it with access to funding support, expert advice, academic expertise and advanced technology to get your idea well and truly off the ground.


Got an idea?

We’ll help you to make it a reality – whether it’s a service, a product or a process. If innovation and low carbon are central to your business, you’ve come to the right place. We can help you at any stage of the innovation process to tackle key technical, operational and economic barriers, to help your business become more efficient and more productive, and so reducing your energy costs and carbon emissions.


Ready to experience the power of collaboration?

We’re bringing together regional businesses and research power from the University of Hull to harness and drive green innovation across all sectors. From SMEs to large enterprises, we can help support and shape your idea, no matter how big or small. We will bring together the relevant experts to collaborate with you and your business to make a real impact.