New fund announced by Arise Innovation Hubs to unlock your businesses potential

“Arise Beyond Open Innovation for Value and Entrepreneurship” (ABOVE)


Arise Innovation Hubs are delighted to announce the imminent launch of a new grant programme. Arise ABOVE will deliver innovation grants, expert support and events to unlock MedTech investment in Essex.


Grant funds will soon be available to organisations based, or looking to grow, in Essex. Supported by our entrepreneurial ecosystem, the programme will stimulate the Health, Performance and Wellbeing sectors; generating increased R&D collaborations, investment and local employment.


Arise, Anglia Ruskin University’s Innovation Hubs are creating opportunity. They are bringing together entrepreneurs, resources, access to funding and academic collaboration. Developing a collaborative ecosystem for entrepreneurs that you can be part of.


More information and applications will be available soon or contact us now to express your interest.


Dr Beverley Vaughan, Director of Arise Innovation Hubs said,


“As we grow our ecosystem it will facilitate the convergence of traditionally successful sectors in the region, such as advanced manufacturing and ICT, with the health and MedTech clusters to drive new innovations through access to funding, one to one business support and specialist events. Ultimately leading to the creation of new products, services and secure jobs.”


Anglia Ruskin University’s research and innovation pillars in ‘Health, Performance and Wellbeing’, ‘safe and inclusive communities’ and ‘sustainable futures’ can ensure local innovators have access to expertise, skills and talent. Safeguarding our innovation pipelines to remain buoyant and supported by programmes such as ABOVE.


The funding has been received from Essex County Council, in support of their 10-year strategy to grow the life science, DigiTech, advanced manufacturing and engineering sectors. Leading to more opportunity, jobs and growth across Essex.


Arise are working closely with partners Medilink Midlands, a specialist provider of support to the life science sector; to help SMEs overcome barriers to growth in the delivery of ABOVE. This will include specialist interest groups, one-2-one business support sessions and our innovation support grants, cumulating in the first Arise conference in 2024.


If you are working on new and innovative projects, are a local entrepreneur within a start-up, social enterprise or not for profit organisation, you can contact us to learn more about our upcoming opportunities.


Contact us by email, or for the latest information, visit ABOVE.