Innovation Studio

 Innovation Studio, Arts University Bournemouth

Start Date:01/04/2017                              End Date:31/03/2019


Growth Deal funding up to £1,400,000

Awarded to Arts University Bournemouth

Project Summary - Creation of a new state of the art incubation facility studio to support digital and creative industries for the whole of Dorset.  

Arts University Bournemouth (AUB) secured funding from the Government's Local Growth Fund to support businesses in Dorset to research, innovate and develop their ideas by providing an Innovation Studio, which will act as base for small business start-ups, many of which will be AUB graduates.

AUB has submitted detailed plans for a new state-of–the-art Innovation Studio facility to be developed on its campus to support and develop the digital and creative industries. Designed to be both functional for its purpose and inspiring in its appearance, the Innovation Studio is set to be unique.


  • Construction and fit out of Innovation Studio on AUB land.

Progress towards forecast: On Target  


  • 28 Graduate start ups 
  • 31 Business start ups

Progress towards forecast: On Target 

The Innovation Studio has the potential to deliver significant benefits to the region by encouraging employability between the University and local business, acting as a catalyst for growth. These businesses will be also be assisted by leading experts who work at the University and from contacts in the wider industry.

Established in 1885 as a specialist institution, Arts University Bournemouth is a leading University offering high quality specialist education in art, design, media and performance across the creative industries.

Final designs for the build are being confirmed and construction is due to start in November 2018.

Contact details

Arts University Bournemouth

Tel: +44 1202 533 011



Dorset LEP

Martina Hanulova, Programme Manager


Tel: 07925891380













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