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Sunderland Innovate and Grow

A partnership that brings together a range of complementary activities to catalyse and support innovation and business growth. The programme will benefit Sunderland-based companies by improving business practices, products and profits. 


This project between the University of Sunderland and Sunderland City Council consists of four main sections. This will include activities that support all steps of the innovation cycle through:

  • Identifying and promoting new technologies to stimulate innovation in process, product and business model via subject innovation specialists (Arrow);
  • Addressing gaps in business capacity and capability to innovate through active engagement and grant support, and student and graduate placements (Arrow and Innovation Placements);
  • Spotting innovative ideas and bringing them to market through engagement with commercial partners (Northern Accelerator);
  • Addressing innovation needs in the creative sector by engaging sector - specialists (Sunderland Culture Unlock Programme).

Key contacts

Arrow Innovation Projects - Louise Dixon Strategic Projects and Funding Manager louise.dixon@sunderland.ac.uk 

Northern Accelerator – Nickola Gray Strategic Projects and Funding Manager nickola.gray@sunderland.ac.uk 
Innovation Placements – Duncan McDonald Partnerships and Work Integrated Learning Manager duncan.mcdonald@sunderland.ac.uk 
UNLOCK Programme Sunderland Culture – Suzanne Davies Development Manager suzanne.davies@sunderlandculture.org.uk

Find out more about the enterprise and innovations services we offer here.