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3rd August 2022


It is a pleasure to introduce the new SHAPE PRE-ACCELERATOR PROGRAMME

The new SHAPE pre-accelerator programme aims to support academics and build knowledge and experience, prior to them taking part in the ARC accelerator programme. 

The SHAPE pre-Accelerator is open to ALL members of Aspect, and will provide an opportunity to:

•            Develop academics entrepreneurial competencies

•            Connect academics with like-minded colleagues from other Universities who share similar ambitions

•            Inform the focus, design and impact of future research

•            Explore routes to achieving impact at scale for academics and their idea’s

•            Test ideas and assumptions with external stakeholders to better understand their problems

The pilot programme ran with 12 projects from the Aspect Translational Hub and has been really successful. Due to this success, two online cohorts of the programme will be running in Autumn 2022 (details and dates attached). 

There are 20 spaces for projects, which are available on a first come, first served basis so please apply here.

There are two cohorts of participants with different schedules throughout the Autumn Term. This will hopefully increase the ability for one of your academics to attend the programme. 

You can find details of the sessions, dates and times, in the documents available for download here:

Agenda for September cohort

Agenda for October cohort

The programme requires participation by the academics at all sessions online and for a TTO/Commercialisation colleague to attend the sessions with them for support. There is some flexibility in attending Session 3 and 4 for TTO, but it is desirable if they can attend each session. Alongside these sessions the programme requires that you provide 2 hours additional support per project, and that the academic spends an additional 2 hours on their project per week of the programme. 

For further details or for a chat about the programme, please feel free to contact James Woodhams from the University of Exeter on

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