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Programme overview

The BIG Growth: Innovation Programmes have been designed to support your next growth goal.

How? By bespoke collaborations with leading academics from London South Bank University (LSBU).

With an impressive track record of innovative tech and business solutions, LSBU can help you develop a product/service, carry out research, evaluate concepts, secure investment, develop a circular economy solution, and much more.

Currently, there are four innovation programmes for you to choose from and you could be eligible to join more than one.

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Not quite what you're looking for? That's OK as LSBU also provides innovation support in many other sectors such as the arts and creative industry and sustainable engineering - check out the Creative Tech or Circular Economy Workshop below - or we can focus on alternative areas of development and business growth to suit you.

Please reach out to us to discuss your specific needs and we'll see how we can help.

Programme journey 

During each programme, you will have the opportunity to apply for an academic collaboration with experts from across LSBU. 

We will work with you to determine the scope of your collaboration and offer one-to-one sessions with academic mentors and subject matter experts. You will also have regular progress meetings with the BIG project management team.

Meetings will take place online or in person at LSBU's Southwark Campus, conveniently located in the heart of London.

Who can take part?

This programme is open to start-ups, established businesses, social enterprises, and charities in the following London boroughs: Croydon, Kingston upon Thames, Lambeth, Lewisham, Merton, Richmond, Southwark, Sutton, and Wandsworth.

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Digital Health and Wellbeing


This unique opportunity supports enterprises to access high-quality expertise at a world-leading level on a fully funded basis.

Collaborate with LSBU academics from the Schools of Applied Sciences or Engineering on the design, development or testing of your digital health and wellbeing product or service. 

The scope of the academic collaboration may include technical support in the development of products or services or research projects to independently evaluate your product for usability, safety and/or efficacy.

Any technology area is relevant, including but not limited to, wearable devices, virtual reality applications, remote patient monitoring, AI, app development, healthcare analytics and Big Data and healthcare cybersecurity to support mental health, wellbeing, healthy living, and illness prevention.

Applications for this programme have now closed - keeos scrolling for more innovation programme options.

Circular Economy


Circular Economy refers to strategies and practices aimed at minimising waste and maximising the use of resources by keeping products, components, and materials in use for as long as possible through reuse, recycling, and regeneration.

This is a unique opportunity to work with pioneering Circular Economy experts on a fully funded basis. We will support your business or third-sector organisation to create Circular Economy solutions or implement Circular Economy principles.

The format is a series of easy-to-access online webinars, plus the opportunity to gain dedicated expertise from one of LSBU’s academic teams to either evaluate an existing product or service or provide expertise to develop a new one.

The programme content will apply to your business whether you operate in a high-tech or low-tech sector. Here are some of the key areas we will cover:

  • Introduction to Circular Economy
  • Eco-design and design for circularity
  • Introducing circular solutions to your enterprise
  • Increasing your existing circular solutions and improving your products and services
  • Measuring circularity
  • Introduction to the principles of life cycle sustainability assessment (LCA) and circularity
  • How to use the Circular Data Centre Compass (CDCC) - an online tool designed to assist data centre industry businesses in IT design/procurement/end-of-life decision making

This four-month programme will culminate in a showcase enabling you to demo your solutions, expand your network and build momentum for your enterprise. It could also lead to a longer-term collaboration with LSBU.

The programme is open for registration.

Creative and Digital Tech


This fully funded programme, based out of London South Bank University’s Immersive Media Hub invites South London-based businesses and third-sector organisations working with creative technologies.

Successful participants will have access to a range of creative, content production technologies including:

  • Virtual reality
  • Motion capture
  • Virtual production
  • High-end editing workstations

The programme will offer various types of support, regardless of whether you or your business is familiar with immersive technology or not, with group-based workshops available to those looking to test and explore new technology and gain a better understanding of how creative tech can enhance their productivity, or be used for prototyping new products and services.

You also will be available to engage in Academic to Business’ collaborations by being paired with academic expertise from LSBU’s School of Arts and Creative Industries. These collaboration opportunities provide businesses with bespoke, 1-2-1 support and differ from the workshop designed as introductory and idea-provoking support.

The programme is open for registration.

Improving London Communities


Organisations that aim to improve the lives and livelihoods of people in their communities are invited to collaborate with LSBU academic experts through our fully funded four-month programme. 

The programme will support you in connecting with the School of Applied Sciences and focus on the development, evaluation, and impact of the services and support you offer to London Communities.

We strongly welcome organisations with a background in the following:

  • Youth support including health, social integration, mental and physical wellbeing, and mentoring
  • Homelessness and those in unstable housing and living situations, including organisations that support the mental health and wellbeing of vulnerable adults in London Communities
Delivery of this cohort will include two workshops coupled with academic consultancy support, which could lead to longer-term collaboration opportunities with LSBU.

This programme is now open for registration.

Low Carbon


This is a unique opportunity to connect you with LSBU's world-renowned School of Engineering academics and expert consultants on a fully funded basis.

This programme is best suited to clean tech enterprises aiming to develop low carbon solutions or to implement low carbon and energy saving principles into their business model. Through academic collaboration, we plan to support you in bringing new cleantech products, processes, and services to market.

During the programme, you will have access to LSBU's state-of-the-art facilities which range from wet chemistry labs and materials testing equipment, to software modelling and simulation tools.

Across the four months you will join workshops to support you in understanding key principles of low carbon solutions and work with LSBU experts to:

  • Reduce your energy consumption, operating costs, and CO2 emissions
  • Explore securing investment to reach growth ambitions
  • Develop a Minimal Viable Product (MVP)
  • Develop, test, and improve a product
  • Build a sustainable business model

This programme will finish with a showcase allowing you to demo your products and services, expand your network, and build momentum for your business which could also lead to longer-term collaboration with LSBU.


This programme is now open for registration.

Need more information?

No problem, our friendly project management team is ready to answer your queries and questions.

Funding information

This project is funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills.

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