Innovation South - a digital revolution

Innovation South, the home to the inventor of the internet, host to the global No. 1 University Business Incubator – SETSquared and the highest number of organisations engaged in space-related activities in the UK, is spearheading the UK’s world leading digital economy through high performing tech start ups and dynamic enterprises, and we are at the tip of this digital revolution.


Innovation South was established through the Department Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy -sponsored Science & Innovation Audit report, which was published in September 2017. The report highlighted the region’s underlying strengths in digital technologies and their application in key sectors in the South and identified opportunities for better collaboration and sustainable growth in the region and across the UK. The Innovation South report sets out the South’s differentiating speciality: outstanding capabilities in digital technologies, including 5 G mobile communications, cyber security, big data analytics, photonics and quantum technologies.


Enterprise M3 is at the heart of the Innovation South, we led the strong consortium of more than a hundred businesses, industry representatives, universities and other research organisations, local authorities and local enterprise partnerships and galvanised action by bringing the consortium together.


Innovation South is a powerhouse of world class research and innovation in digital enabling technologies, with internationally-focused universities and businesses they have an outstanding track record for turning research into commercial products. This international focus has attracted the largest share of foreign investment projects in the UK - second only to London.


The single aim of Innovation South is to maximise opportunities of our region for the success, prosperity and well-being of businesses and residents and the broader national economy by linking innovation hotspots, turning entrepreneurial digital and high tech ideas into business successes, increase digital talent and build SME capacity to engage with the leading edge technologies of quantum and 5G.


The evidence from the Innovation South Science & Innovation Audit points to a clear route ahead for maximising the South’s strengths in digital technologies and their commercial applications.


Under the leadership of Enterprise M3, the Innovation South is focused on turning these ambitions into action.  We have already started to progress these actions through the following projects:

  • A quantum supply chain initiative helping SMEs exploit this emerging technology
  • The Innovation South Virtual Campus for Digital Skills
  • Support for an industry-led project to grow digital connectivity in transport systems and the availability of affordable high-speed mobile connectivity across the UK.
  • Support for an industry-led project to enable a step change in the adoption of Med Tech innovations by the NHS and other markets


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