A tool for understanding the role of SHAPE subjects in generating technological innovation to address major challenges

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19th April 2023

The University of Edinburgh

SHAPE subjects are as important as STEM in developing the technological innovations needed to address major challenges: from achieving Net Zero, to harnessing the benefits of AI, and designing future health and care systems. This useful tool from Aspect member the University of Edinburgh looks at the dimensions across which SHAPE subjects have a significant role to play in developing new technology.

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27 April 2023

Launch of Aspect Angels!

We are very excited to announce the launch of Aspect Angles with Aspect members the University of Reading and Henley Business School!
This new Angel network will be the first of its type to connect and educate investors around the relevance and impact of SHAPE, and provide opportunities to invest in research-backed ventures from leading universities.


19 April 2023

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31 March 2023

New SHAPE Catalyst to create up to 75 ventures over the next 3.5 years

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