The RISE project can help your business innovate and grow.

Business innovation is critical for enhancing your productivity and competitiveness. Through the RISE project, the Universities of Brighton and Sussex are offering free business innovation support to small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in West Sussex. We’ll help you progress your innovation approach, whether you’re just getting started or already have an idea that you’d like to develop. RISE can help you develop unique collaborations and give you access to cutting edge technologies and approaches.

RISE (Research, Innovation in Sussex Excellence) is an innovation business support programme, that provides access to fully funded expertise and technology from the universities of Brighton and Sussex.


By working with university partners through the RISE project, small and medium sized enterprises can now benefit from fully funded, research-led advice and innovation support.


Our mission is to help local businesses take charge of their innovation, capitalise on new opportunities and become more productive, competitive and resilient.

The RISE project was established to provide an open door for Sussex-based small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to access support from two of their main local research and innovation-led universities: University of Brighton and University of Sussex.

RISE aims to share the wealth of knowledge and expertise on your doorstep in Sussex to support our business community to meet economic challenges and adapt to shifting market conditions.

RISE – Research and Innovation in Sussex Excellence – is a completely free-of-charge innovation service for eligible businesses due to funding from the European Research and Development Fund (EDRF), with support from West Sussex County Council and the West Sussex District and Borough Councils.


Universities of Brighton and Sussex  are recognised for their contributions to supporting regional and business development and developing new technologies to support innovation.


RISE offers SMEs a chance to experience how knowledge exchange with university partners can develop their business capabilities, make valuable connections and solve innovation challenges. Our intensive innovation and growth activities include innovation audits, workshops and training, along with access to specialist expertise from within the universities, at no cost to SMEs.



The benefits of being a member of RISE include:


  • a free in-depth business diagnostic to help you develop your innovation approach,
  • a knowledgeable innovation partner who can act as coach and advisor,
  • expert guidance in research and development, helping you improve processes, products and services,
  • training, funding and networking opportunities through the RISE portal


Who is eligible?


RISE intensive support will focus on businesses based in West Sussex, with an emphasis on rural West Sussex, coastal West Sussex and the Crawley/Gatwick Diamond areas. All SMEs from across the region are welcome to join the network as either members or friends of RISE, depending on their eligibility for the full level of support.

Find out more about what’s on offer and our eligibility criteria via our Frequently Asked Questions.


RISE Innovation Advisors are here to support you through strategy and goal-setting activities. They will link you to the universities, helping you to access expertise and resources.

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