Future Space wins Community Award

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Last week the Future Space team won the Community Award at The SPARKies. This award is presented to an individual or company doing the most to support the whole tech community in the West.

The nomination recognised the work being done in collaboration with UWE Bristol – Over the last five years, Future Space has supported 43 students to get hands-on experience working for some of Bristol’s most innovative businesses, with more than 20 graduates now employed in the Future Space community.

Parm Cory-Jones, Centre Manager, has been with Future Space for five years and been part of the journey they’ve been on. Parm commented that:

“It’s been an amazing five years of growth. I feel we’re unique due to our location, opportunities and the fact we have support from a thriving University. We’re proud to be able to receive this award and it’s a wonderful way to mark the end of our first five years”

Aimee Skinner, Innovation Manager, joined in 2020 and has focused on building connections between businesses and the University, as well as running new innovation and business support initiatives, such as a virtual in-residence advisory programme. Aimee said:

“It’s great to be able to support so many innovative companies on their journey, and at the same time we’re creating opportunities for young talent in the region through our internship programmes. We’re delighted to win the Community award, and it is fantastic recognition of the work that goes on at Future Space.”

Parm Cory-Jones, Centre Manager and Aimee Skinner, Innovation Manager Future Space.

Future Space also sponsored the FutureSPARK award. This is awarded to individuals who are under 25, an employee of a tech company, post grad or entrepreneur. The individuals have to demonstrate true commitment and initiative within the tech and digital community and who is seen to have the potential to go far in the industry.

The winner this year was one of UWE Bristol’s Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) associates, Hannah Dockings. Hannah is a Research Engineer in Artificial Intelligence–KTP Associate with Flexys. Flexys is based at Future Space and is a specialist debt collection software supplier, that cover design, research and development, delivery and support.

Aimee Skinner, Innovation Manager, Future Space and Hannah Dockings,
UWE Bristol KTP associate with Flexys

The SPARKies

These awards bring together the South West region’s tech and digital community to celebrate the best startups, designs, hardware and people. They are organised by TechSPARK, a not-for-profit network dedicated to connecting, educating and strengthening the digi-tech cluster in the West. TechSPARK works with tech and digital businesses from Startups to Scaleups, SME’s to Global Corporations based in the region to help them to grow.

Future Space

Future Space is part of the University Enterprise Zone led by UWE Bristol. Based at the heart of the main UWE Bristol campus, Future Space offers a range of office space, shared and dedicated laboratories, workshops and coworking facilities designed specifically for high-tech, science based entrepreneurs and innovators.

The onsite Innovation Team connects entrepreneurs and tech innovators with scientists, researchers and graduate talent – to spark collaboration, innovation and growth. Run by Oxford Innovation, they bring innovative coaching together with strategic partners and specialist advisors, to deliver high-quality business support services and events for the Future Space community.

For further information about how Future Space can help your business please get in touch

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships

The Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTP) scheme is a UK-wide programme helping businesses to improve competitiveness and productivity. You bring the ambition and strategic vision to transform your business, and UWE Bristol will provide the practical graduate support, applied knowledge and technical expertise to help you achieve your goals.

For further information about how your business could benefit from Knowledge Transfer Partnerships please get in touch .

Read our KTP case studies for more information.

Congratulations to Future Space on winning the Community Award at the Sparkies awards!

UWE Bristol are so proud of our partnership with Future Space and our achievements together.  We were also delighted to hear that Hannah Dockings our KTP Associate was recognised and awarded for her superb work at Flexys, winning the FutureSpark Award. 

UWE Bristol’s Knowledge Transfer Partnerships are a key example of how business, students and academics benefit from the value of collaborative working.

Lucy Wicksteed, Head of Business Innovation and Skills, Research, Business and Innovation, UWE Bristol.