• "Challenges from climate change to health to education are complex and difficult,  SHAPE will be at the heart of understanding and solving these"

    By supporting SHAPE research to test new markets and find new sustainable and relevant solutions we facilitate socially responsible innovation

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    Together we advocate for the role of SHAPE in understanding the world around us and our relationships to each other, and the important contribution of SHAPE ventures to society and the economy

    Through regular engagement

    Leveraging the outputs of the Communities, Testbed and Training, we identify and understand the key challenges in supporting SHAPE ventures and their creation

    As a body of like-minded organisations

    We develop a united voice that clearly expresses exactly who we are advocating for and what we are advocating, supported by real examples and research-back evidence from Membership activities

    Forging collaborations

    With key stakeholders and engaging closely with policy makers helps us develop, implement, and evaluate appropriate advocacy strategies in both the UK and abroad to ensure maximum effect


    Partnering closely with our Members, we collaboratively develop communication tools tailored to champion SHAPE innovation within their respective institutions and local ecosystems

    Whether it’s crafting presentation templates, newsletters, or even social media content, we’re here to alleviate the burden, making it seamless to convey messages to internal stakeholders

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    There is a profound global impact of SHAPE disciplines. We are actively engaged in advocating for the importance of fostering innovation in these fields, from welcoming the UK Minister of State in the Department for Science, Innovation and Technology to open reSHAPE and showcasing SHAPE ventures as part of the UK | Nigeria Economic Development Forum, to contributing to white papers for the Finnish Research Impact Foundation and lobbying the Dutch Ministry of Education, Culture, and Science to champion SHAPE in the Benelux region

    We collaborate with organisations worldwide to disseminate our insights and accelerate the development of local SHAPE innovation ecosystems

    If you’re keen to learn more, don’t hesitate to reach out and connect with us

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    Case studies - Transformation

    All around us university researchers are transforming their discoveries into ventures to extend the positive impact of their work

    These ventures, rooted in research, are uniquely positioned to address societal needs with a deep understanding of the people and communities they aim to serve, we refer to this approach as socially responsible innovation

    Below are some recent case studies of ground-breaking researcher ventures from Aspect Member organisations, you can find more examples of SHAPE ventures changing the world on the Aspect Research Commercialisation (ARC) Accelerator website


    Queen’s University Belfast

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    The University of Manchester

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    The University of Edinburgh

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    In 2022 we teamed up with the British Academy to become founding coalition partners in reSHAPE

    Brining together visionaries, innovators, and thought leaders to celebrate and explore the dynamic world of SHAPE ventures, this unique annual event, which serves as a nexus for academia, policy, and investment landscapes, reaffirms a central thesis – that SHAPE ventures are poised to infiltrate virtually every facet of society and the economy

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