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Benefits of membership

Our highly successful Innovation Network is a melting pot of new ideas and how to put them into practice.

Big idea, small idea

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Our meetings provide valuable networking opportunities

Founded in 1996, the Innovation Network's aim is to develop a stronger network of links between industry and academic in order to enhance innovation - the successful commercial implementation of ideas.

Everyone benefits from the Innovation Network’s interchange and interaction. Ideas come in all shapes and sizes. Bring yours along – or just come with an appetite to innovate. Small, sustained improvements can lead to big increases in profitability. Big ideas can involve radical, highly original initiatives – or looking at an old problem in a fresh, new way.


  • To provide opportunities for Business to Business and Business to University links across technical and business disciplines.
  • To provide means by which Cardiff University skills and Know-How can be applied to problems in industry.
  • To raise awareness of innovation support and good practice for industry.

Benefits to members

  • A regular programme of evening meetings on key topics relevant to businesses.
  • An eNewsletter, containing brief stories on innovation news and events, with links to further information.
  • Access to people and resources to tackle your problems and assess your opportunities.
  • Increase your network of contacts amongst companies and organisations all keen on growth and development.
  • Information on funding to support collaborative research and consultancy.
  • Schemes to match participants' technology and research needs and opportunities.

A highly regarded network between the university, Welsh companies and business intermediaries. This initiative is frequently held up as a prime example of best practice in this field of activity.

The National Assembly for Wales