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RISE offers free support to help West Sussex businesses innovate using expertise from the universities of Brighton and Sussex.

Research, Innovation in Sussex Excellence (RISE) has been awarded funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), West Sussex County Council, and the West Sussex District and Borough Councils, to stimulate innovation-led growth, by providing targeted and intensive support for businesses.

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs – those with up to 250 employees) will be given access to support and expertise in the form of innovation diagnostics, workshops, networking events and a bespoke development programme to help companies take their business in new directions.

Eligible businesses will work with university-based business Innovation Advisors to identify and address barriers to innovation. The project aims to widen access to cutting edge technologies, skills and approaches, helping businesses to progress and grow.

RISE is being delivered by the Universities of Brighton and Sussex, supported by strategic partner West Sussex County Council.

Find out more and register your interest on the RISE website or contact Lorraine Bell, Head of Project at


The RISE programme is receiving up to £603,514 of funding from the European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 in England. Grant Reference: 04R21P04430

In addition, West Sussex County Council and West Sussex Councils are also providing partnership funding to support the delivery of RISE, and through this, to provide help and support to SMEs in West Sussex.

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