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About Impacting Business by Design

Impacting Business by Design

Design and innovation support for SME's with great ideas

Impacting Business by Design is a £4.65 million programme that offers SME’s the opportunity to develop new and innovative products with a design-focused university.

De Montfort University has joined forces with Nottingham Trent University and Brunel University to create a specialist programme known as Impacting Business by Design (IBbD) – working with SME’s in England to develop and commercialise new product ideas and innovations.

The benefits of research and innovation

Enhancing knowledge exchange within your organisation

The support for your design innovation projects and capability-development is only possible because of the Connecting Capability Fund (CCF) Grant from Research England. It aims to improve the knowledge exchange capabilities between academia and industry to improve the country's industrial competitiveness. IBbD hopes to aid in this knowledge exchange by embedding expertise from academia to industry for the purpose of successful product commercialisation.

Universities that make this happen

About De Montfort University

As the lead institution delivering the Impacting Business by Design programme De Montfort University has a proven track record in deliver design support to SME's. The team here as proven experience in design innovation working across a variety of different sectors and expertise in both research and project management. With a team of four full time designers and the ability to tap into award winning facilities the De Montfort Team can assist in turning your product ideas into reality.

About Nottingham Trent University

Nottingham Trent University have a experienced and highly dedicated team of 4 designers with a variety of cross sector experience. With an extensive portfolio of previous consultancy projects that have been commercially successful Nottingham Trents team of designers will work with you to ensure you are fully up to speed in the design process and will work with you throughout to ensure your product is ready for manufacture.

About Brunel University

Brunel University, based in Uxbridge, have a team of 2 designers who will work with you to aid in your product innovation. With experience in recreational products, Brunel will ensure that your design innovation hits the ground running.

Your point of contact

Meet the team behind Impacting Business by Design

Our team will work tirelessly to embed design capabilities into your organisation. With a wealth of product design, app development and project management experience, our team can support you from initial enquiry all the way through to your product hitting the shelves and generating revenue. If there is something our team do not know, we can work with external academics within our organisations or external consultants to embed the required expertise.

Check you can get the grant

We are already looking at potential candidates for our grant scheme

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