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University of Hull

Funded until 2023 by

European Regional Development Fund

Innovation vouchers

SparkFund is now closed for new enquiries.

203 businesses have accessed a share of £10.8m to spark innovation and growth, with help from SparkFund.

We'd like to thank everyone who has supported the Programme over the last 6 years, including our voluntary Awards Panel.

If your business would like to find out how the University of Hull can provide support, please email


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What is innovation?

Innovation isn’t just about bright ideas; it’s about turning that idea into a solution that adds value to your business.

Innovation is important because it enables companies to access new markets, increase revenues, build knowledge and increase the value of their brands.

Where could innovation vouchers take you?

Innovation means different things for different businesses and your project doesn’t have to change the world- it just has to change your business and help you to move forward. Whether it’s an innovation in process, service or product, we’ll help you deliver it.

The benefits of SparkFund go beyond its financial contribution. You could achieve real impact through connecting with our Innovation Managers – they can help you to take the steps from idea to innovation by assisting you with funding applications and accessing experts and specialist knowledge to deliver your ambition.

What’s more when you invest we could match it with up to £20k of support, making a substantial difference to your innovation project.

Do you have an idea for your business?

Talk to us today. Don't miss out, funding and time to deliver your project is running out.

Am I eligible?

SparkFund can help small or medium size enterprises (SME) currently based, or planning to relocate, in the Humber or York and North Yorkshire Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Areas.

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