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Nexus connects businesses to academic research expertise, talent and facilities at the University and with key stakeholders across the Leeds innovation ecosystem.  The Nexus community is made up of a diverse range of innovators, from start-ups, SMEs and the University student enterprise programme - SPARK to business advisory partners and funding networks. Business partners can engage with us in a variety of ways, ranging from being a member of the Nexus community, to co-working or locating their business here on campus, in high quality office and lab workspaces.

Nexus also provides a year-round programme of events for the Nexus community and wider business stakeholders aimed at bringing together academia and industry; from breakfast briefings and insightful seminars to networking events and more.

Nexus & the Business Engagement Framework

Nexus is an integral part, and one of the most visible elements, of our Business Engagement Framework. This Framework boosts the support available for academics to develop collaborative research and innovation opportunities and to nurture their relationships with business. Our key objective is to make it easier than ever before to work with the University and help them innovate and grow.

The Nexus team

The Nexus team facilitates productive relationships between entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs with our academic community to develop the right partnerships to drive economic and societal impact.

Our Engagement team act as a first point of contact for organisations who do not know which team(s), within the University, they need to work with to solve commercial challenges and meet their business needs. The team work closely with businesses to understand their objectives and identify ways in which we can help them achieve these.

Utilising their networks across the University and within the Leeds innovation ecosystem, our engagement managers work to connect these organisations to the right support, from research & innovation collaborations and joint funding bids to recruitment and continuing professional development.

To find out more about Nexus visit or to speak with a member of the Nexus team email