Shape Summer of Innovation: Shape showcase event and festival

•• Phase 2


Aspect member: Cardiff University.

What is the project doing? 

Working in collaboration with Sbarc, AHRC IAA, ESRC IAA, Enterprise and Start-Up and Innovation and Engagement teams (who will all be co-located within Sbarc), this project hopes to offer up a 1-3 day Summer of Innovation mini-festival showcasing its most iconic and impressive innovative and commercial projects within the arts, humanities the social sciences. As part of the event, the project also hopes to run a ‘devil’s den’ seed corn funding for small innovative and high-risk commercial projects. This will be awarded via a panel made up of Cardiff University’s community and strategic partners, where projects are reviewed via a 10-15 minute pitch akin to that of ‘dragon’s den’. 

Why is this needed? 

The primary purpose of this project is to provide opportunities, and ensure recognition, for innovation and commercial activity taking place across the University’s Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences College.

How can members get involved? 

The event will be promoted widely throughout the ASPECT network, Welsh universities and via the Cardiff University Innovation Fund Network.

For further information, please contact John Parry-Jones ( 

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