For The Next Wave 


Connecting up-and-coming SMEs with UK Universities


#Innovate   #BuildBackBetter


Ambitious SME?
Looking for the 'extra something'?
Disrupted by COVID?
  • For many SMEs, UK universities are an untapped resource with world-class academics ready and waiting to help.

  • Last year, according to government statistics, over 74k SMEs partnered with universities, many of them working together on R+D projects and innovation. Your competitors may be amongst them.

  • That image of academics hidden away in laboratories or libraries? Using long words and working to longer timescales? We get it. But things are changing. Universities are facing their own pressures and looking for ways to put more of their clever ideas to practical use.

Finding the right academics to help just got easier.
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Step1: Tell us about your company – the change you want to make or the challenge you need to overcome.

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Step2: We share your requirement with our network of university contacts who identify the most suitable academics to help.

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Step3: We send you the offers from the universities . You pick one, get in touch and crack on.

Why We're Different
We save you time.

We do the networking around the universities, saving you the time and effort of trawling through their websites or making potentially nugatory calls to academics who may not want to know.

We save you money.

It's like issuing an ITT. Smarter invites universities to bid for the chance to work with you and that competition drives down the cost. And during the current pilot phase, you pay Smarter nothing.

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Our support is personalised.

We work with the universities’ own intermediaries – the brokers who know their own academics, their specialisms and personalities - to identify the right match for you and your business.

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We speak plain English.

We don't ask or expect you to use academic jargon or know how universities work. We do any 'translation' that is required to help bridge the gulf in language and culture that sometimes exists.

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  • We're a start-up, an SME. Which is why we want to support other up-and-coming companies - the ambitious SMEs, focused on growth and innovation.
  • But we're also a profit-and-purpose company and believe business can be a greater force for good in the world. We want to spark social and environmental benefits too.

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