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Innovation Studio

Industry-engagement and our strong maker culture puts collaboration at the heart of everything we do.

Residency Programme

The AUB Innovation Studio Residency Programme is to help you develop your ideas into a business or a creative career.

To apply for a place on our Residency Programme, simply click on the 'Apply now' button to complete our Register Your Interest form.

About the Residency Programme

Designed to support early stage ideas the Residency will help you design your product or service, trial and prove ideas and concepts with potential users, build and test prototypes, create a robust business plan and build a network setting you up for success.

  • Access to a workspace in our Innovation Studio on our award-winning campus
  • Access to our industry-standard resources and Lab 4 Creative Technologies including digital fabrication, 3D Printing Hub and VR kit
  • Access to the expertise of our talented technicians and academic practitioners
  • Access to business mentors to provide early career and startup support
  • Developing your understanding of innovation processes design thinking and sustainable practices
  • Developing your understanding of running a business and managing your career
  • Building a network of like-minded peers for support

  • A robust business plan
  • A working prototype or proof of concept
  • A plan for taking your business forward

The programme is designed to be as flexible as possible. You'll have access to the Studio as a workspace whenever suits you.

You'll need to commit to attending the seven Tuesday input sessions 4 October to the 15 November 2022 and then monthly Tuesday input sessions from 6 December 2022 to 4 April 2023.

For pre-trade businesses the costs are:

  • £175 pcm or
  • £1,225 for the whole programme

After the residency finishes you'll still be able to work with the Innovation Studio as part of the Alumni network.

Meet your business mentor

During your Residency with us, you'll have access to our brilliant business mentor, Laura Mulhern, who'll provide you with invaluable early career and startup support. Learn more about Laura's experience and her role as mentor by clicking her profile below.

Laura Mulhern

Laura Mulhern

Laura Mulhern is an Innovation Studio partner and business mentor who provides early career and startup support for our Residents.

Meet our current residents

Ali Jafary

Ali Jafary and Designed Healthcare

Ali joined our Residency Programme to develop his company, Design Healthcare that specialises in healthcare environments and equipment.

Element Creative Ltd.

Andy, Paul and Element Creative Ltd.

Andy and Paul joined our Residency Programme to expand the prototypes and components offered by their design company, Element Creative Ltd.

seeks to improve people's lives through cold therapy

Dean Skivington and CryoShower

Dean joined our Residency Programme to develop prototypes and bring his cold therapy brand, CryoShower, to market.

Ekaterina Savosina

Ekaterina Savosina and Design in VR

Ekaterina joined our Residency Programme to develop her company, Design in VR, a provider of educational tutorials in VR design.

Ryan Elder

Ryan Elder and SeaTalus

Ryan joined our Residency Programme to progress his business, SeaTalus, and develop an affordable prosthetic for juniors and young adults.

Explore the Innovation Studio

Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an exterior wall with two reverse-L shaped windows and three semi-circle panels visible. A person walks past towards the right.


The Innovation Studio operates as a lab for creative technologies, a nucleus for start-ups and enterprises, and an industry engagement hub.
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Take a look at some of our recent collaborative projects with external partners and businesses
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Collaborate with us

There are many ways to work with us – we can give you access to our equipment and expertise
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Associate Programme

Our Associate Programme offers membership of our Innovation Studio to regional businesses seeking research and development support.
Innovation Studio, photographed by Richard Bryant. Photo of an interior space, with several people sat working at tables. A rectangle-shaped railing is in the middle of the room.

Industry-standard resources

The Innovation Studio features state-of-the-art equipment and digital resources, and the latest manufacturing technology.