A cutting-edge project, which will see Cardiff Met join forces with Simply Do Ideas, will focus on sourcing new models of innovation through a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarships (KESS 2) funded research project. The pan-Wales higher level skills initiative, led by Bangor University on behalf of the HE sector in Wales, has been introduced to offer state-of-the-art exploration of entrepreneurial learning and innovation.
Simply Do Ideas operates in the areas of enterprise education, start-up support and innovation and development. The organisation employs a digital platform to allow users to experiment with ideas in a safe environment before setting foot into the marketplace. Working with its diverse range of existing clients from across education, industry, charities and government, the project will involve the successful applicant working closely with academic supervisors at Cardiff Met and the senior team at Simply Do Ideas to develop an improved understanding of entrepreneurial support models in the digital economy. In the long term, the goal will be to replicate this model to other parts of the UK and internationally.
Part funded by the Welsh Government's European Social Fund for West Wales and the Valleys, the programme will stand in the front-line of industrial interaction and seek to drive economic growth and productivity in Wales, even more important in the midst of a post-Brexit UK.
Supervising the project will be Cardiff Met's Professor of Economic Geography and Regional Development, Nick Clifton, and Professor of Creativity at Cardiff Met, Gareth Loudon, with the research being conducted by Simply Do Ideas' Head of Research and Development, John Barker.
John said: "Working with a cutting-edge company like Simply Do Ideas will put my research and Cardiff Met at the centre of the disruptive innovation conversation. The findings of this research will create real impact in the locality and potentially an exciting contribution to research in the domain."
Nick said: "This research offers real potential to boost the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Wales, helping our SMEs, large corporates and public services to better share ideas and innovate more effectively."
Lee Sharma, Chief Executive Officer at Simply Do Ideas, said: "As an innovative company, we are delighted to partner with CMU as a university with a track record of engagement with business community in Wales. This collaboration is exciting for the company, and for the wider region."
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