A note from the CEO

Fri 21st July 2017

Summer is traditionally ‘down time’ for many STEM businesses: a time to take stock and prepare for what lies ahead. Indeed, across Europe, there’s often a collective shutdown.

Here at Southampton Science Park I see none of this. TrackBack, CRITICAL Software, Perpetuum and i2O are delivering technology solutions way beyond our city’s shores; SEaB Energy and Kelda Technology are actively networking within the Clean + Cool community in San Francisco; and earlier stage businesses like Tidal Harness and Dynamon are starting to capitalise on the networks they began to form during their Catalyst tenancy.

The summer issue of Park News is testimony to the quality of work, commercial success and vibrancy of the networks here. Indeed, the scope and scale of activity conducted here is always met with amazement by visitors to the Science Park for whom it is an eye-opening experience.

In the Summer Park News interview, our Chairman talks about the importance of ‘looking over the fence’. I have always believed that enhanced communications within and beyond Park boundaries are fundamental in expanding the reach, reputation and influence of Southampton’s science and technology community. We must all ‘look over the fence’ at what opportunities may help us achieve our goals faster or more effectively.

Forging closer links with key academic faculties and student enterprise at the University is a critical factor in this. I applaud those tenant companies who are bringing some of the University’s top student talent here for placements and internships. I applaud all who actively participate in our community events and contribute regularly to our communications, sharing success stories and challenges that we may all learn from. 
Equally I wholeheartedly welcome any members of the University who venture up to Venture Road to find out what the Science Park has to offer them.

I regard the Science Park as a regional ambassador for commercial enterprise and innovation, representing both tenant organisations and those across the wider region, to the academic community and vice versa. To do so, we must continue to understand and interpret the evolving needs of businesses, whilst also reflecting the demand for research impact amongst academics.

I am always delighted to meet and advise any business leaders who are interested in exploring how they can create closer ties with the University, or who wish to make use of our communication channels to 
build awareness of their work.

So, if you do have any down time this Summer, why not use it to ‘look over the fence’?