RISE newsletter January 2022

University-led Innovation for small to medium-sized businesses

Welcome to our first RISE friends and members newsletter!

We are delighted to see so many businesses join already and to hear such positive feedback. We're excited to be part of your innovation journey and hope that our unique project can support and drive the innovation your business needs to remain competitive, evolve and grow.

A massive thank you to our local business networks for their support over the last few months. Particular thanks to: Billingshurst and Horsham Chamber of Commerce, Brighton and Hove Economic Partnership, Coast to Capital, East Grinstead Business Association, Haywards Heath Business Association, Gatwick Diamond Business Association, Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce and, last but by no means least - the Economic Development Officers from West Sussex District and Borough Councils.


RISE launches at Better Business Show

Over 500 people attended the first post lockdown in-person business exhibition in the county last month at the Better Business Show.

We meet some fantastic businesses - thank you to the Worthing and Adur Chamber of Commerce for running such a great event!

RISE Recovery workshops series launched

Our first workshop, Getting Fit for Innovation with innovation expert John Bessant, was well received - businesses learnt how to get ready to move from idea to creating value.

This was closely followed by our Innovation for New Business Development workshop, which featured Piglets Pantry's story of their inspirational innovation pivot during the first lockdown.

Thanks to our speakers, Jo Hunter for our afternoon tea treats, and to Ricardo for the use of their Centenary Innovation Centre in Shoreham.


Call to RISE members

Are you a marketing whizz? Do you have funding expertise or maybe some top tips that you're happy to share? If so, we'd love to hear from you! Members can share their expertise through the forum or by writing a blog - talk to the team to find out more.

Members - don't forget to book your innovation audit with the team. Maybe make it your new year's resolution? Book via the RISE portal.

The RISE team as here to support you - get in touch at rise@brighton.ac.uk.



Horizons: New technologies and trends in supply chain management

As the global marketplace continues to evolve, supply chain managers must think more innovatively and proactively.

Join our second Horizon online workshop on 25 January to find out how you can innovate your waste management processes, and identify opportunities to generate value from waste through industrial symbiosis.


Innovation Call

Access up to £5,000 worth of university expertise for your supply chain management innovation project.

Themes will be decided by businesses during our Horizon: New technologies and trends in supply chain management webinar - see above for more details or drop the team an email.



RISE Masterclass: Is your business quantum ready?

Quantum technologies can provide highly disruptive capabilities for numerous applications across a wide range of sectors.

Join our masterclass on 13 February at Crawley Library to find out how this futuristic technology might impact your business. 





11 January, 12pm-1.30pm- Online

Recover and Rise SME Digital Accelerator


13 January, 10-10.30am - Online

Introduction to RISE


25 January, 9.30-12.30pm - Crawley Business and IP Centre, Crawley Library

Horizon: Supply Chain - Value from Waste


28 January, 9:30-11am - Pop Up Horsham

RISE Recovery: Managing Innovation Lift Off! 


3 February, 10.30-12pm - Crawley Business and IP Centre, Crawley Library

RISE Masterclass: Is your business Quantum ready?


17 February, 10-11:30am - Business and IP Centre, Crawley Library

RISE RECOVERY: Managing Innovation - Lift off!


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