This thought piece has been written and provided by Senior Lecturer in Engineering, and Industrial Engagement Lead Newsun Jose.

Working with universities to access missing and complimentary expertise has been a factor of success in many innovation projects, and based on this, we have seen a lot of funding which incentivised universities to work with businesses.

Decreasing the cost of working with universities certainly lowered the barrier of entry and access to expertise in the short term, and as momentum is gathered from innovation, and much larger competition is embraced; micro, small and medium businesses need a constant supply of creative and work ready talent. Such talent is normally costly or less available or both. As a result, many innovative businesses are slowed down and taken over by competition, while in the cases of larger organisations, industrial research usually is directed toward business needs and, in a large number of cases, not open enough.

Historically, such research has been less successful in creating high-growth business opportunities. We constantly hear that the execution of an innovative idea is equally or more important than the idea itself.

Where does the talent needed to resource execution of the idea come from?

In this age of rapid technological change, if a business is not engaged with the talent supply chain, their growth almost certainly is unsustainable. Besides accessing subject matter expertise, succession planning for innovation is equally important for business sustainability. This is where initiatives like EDGE Hub, which facilitates the growth of an ecosystem, rather than merely providing consultancy, helps and supports business.

Besides housing updated equipment in the fields chemical, mechanical and computing, EDGE Hub is designed to be a place for open-learning and experimentation. We have developed a range of courses to nurture new engineering talent to be delivered within new learning spaces. For example, enabling quick and affordable iterations of product design (maker space for “prototyping” and hack spaces for “teardowns”).

There is a diverse mix of skills and experience held across our academics, including:

  • Industrial design,
  • User Experience
  • User Interfaces
  • Mechanical engineering,
  • Electrical engineering,
  • Mechatronics,
  • Software development,
  • Cybersecurity.

We are networked heavily into various support initiatives available across the region (eg: to access further scientific expertise or to facilitate Idea validation and user community engagement).

Taking Advantage of the EDGE Hub Through Industrial Engagement

If you are a growing business or if you are struggling to find the talent required for business continuity or a mature business thinking about succession planning, please get in touch. This is an opportunity to shape the agenda around what we are doing at EDGE Hub.

Email: edgehub@canterbury.ac.uk

More about the Engineering at CCCU

You can find more details about Engineering and it’s arrival at CCCU by visiting www.canterbury.ac.uk/engineering.