The University of Roehampton and BIG South London are hosting an event on 20th March that will introduce an Innovation Voucher funding scheme to help businesses work with academic experts to achieve their business goals. The Innovation Vouchers, worth up to £5k, will enable businesses and charities to work with an academic researcher from the University of Roehampton on a specific project of key importance to their growth. This could be anything from market research or product development and testing to marketing, strategy development or research assistance.

The event is an opportunity for businesses and charities to hear from other organisations and academics that have successfully undertaken an Innovation Voucher project and its benefits and be matched with academic experts who most closely map to their business requirements.

Paul Kirkbright, South London Partnership and BIG South London, says: "Businesses can gain so much knowledge and value from working with a university. At this event, we aim to create connections, spark collaborations, and demonstrate with practical case studies how voucher funding can be used. If you're a local organisation which has never had the opportunity to engage with the University of Roehampton, I would urge you to come and find out more."

The scheme is open to businesses and charities in any sector, with focuses on mental and physical health and wellbeing, business sustainability and growth and green skills and the built environment.

José Magalhães, Head of Research and Knowledge Exchange Development, University of Roehampton, comments: "Roehampton is ranked the most research-intensive modern university in London, with world-class research taking place across all of our academic departments. Working and sharing knowledge with businesses is firmly embedded in our strategy and our doors are very much open to collaborations. The Innovation Voucher scheme allows organisations to test the water with a funded short-term collaboration, potentially leading to a longer-term relationship."

The event takes place on 20 March from 16:30 at the Elm Grove Conference Centre, University of Roehampton.

You can find out more and register your place here: