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Partnerships in Knowledge Transfer (PIKT)

Thank you for everyone’s participation in PIKT, this project is now completed.


Bluesky International Limited

‘’Working with the University on the PiKT has been a pleasure and a positive experience. The quality of research and attention to detail has been high, and we have high hopes for the products and service that have been developed. We expect that the results of the product will broaden our market and increase revenue and staffing’’

James Eddy, Technical Director (PiKT SME Beneficiary)

 ‘’The PiKT programme has enabled highly productive relations between the University of Leicester and Bluesky Ltd. The research strengths of the University have been coupled with the commercial positioning and market understanding of Bluesky to enable the production of novel Night Sky Mapper product. We look forward to seeing this develop further in coming years’’

Dr Roland Leigh (Academic University of Leicester)


Crowdlab Limited

‘’The PiKT scheme is a fantastic way for small business and startups to gain access to skilled staff, training and resources with guidance from experts based in academia.’’

Niall Smith, CTO (PiKT SME Beneficiary)

‘’PiKT has been a great way to strengthen industry links and foster relationships for future collaborations. Relationships for future.’’

Dr William Green, University of Leicester School of Management (Academic University of Leicester) 


4G Design Ltd

‘’The collaboration of company, Associate and university has provided 4G with a unique proposal to enhance its potential turnover. We have found the whole experience informative, interesting and our clients and stakeholders have responded positively to the unique data provided’’

Mr Peter Dawes 4G Company Director (PiKT SME Beneficiary)

PIKT - the project overview

Calling all SME's in the East Midlands...

  • Do you need help innovating, proving a concept or undertaking research and development?
  • Have you got a strategic business project, but don’t have the staff to deliver it?
  • Do you want to increase your productivity?
  • Would you welcome some creative input to help solve a critical business issue?

If you can answer ‘yes’ to any of the above…

Then you could benefit from participating in a new innovative project called “Partnerships in Knowledge Transfer” (PIKT).  PIKT is a business support programme offering East Midlands companies subsidised, and flexible, access to some of the brightest graduates, supported by specialist academics. 

SME Eligibility

In order to qualify for support from this project your business must:

  • Have less than 250 employees
  • Have an East Midlands address (therefore it must be based in any of the following: Leicester city, Leicestershire, Rutland, Nottingham city, Nottinghamshire, Derby city, Derbyshire, Lincoln, Lincolnshire, Northampton and Northamptonshire)
  • Your annual turnover should not exceed 40m Euros
  • Your annual balance sheet should not exceed 27m Euros
  • Have received less than €200,000 in state aid during the last three financial years
  • More than 75% of the business must be owned by the business owner/and business partner

Regrettably the following business activities are ineligible for support:

  • Fishery and aquaculture sectors
  • Primary production, processing and marketing of agricultural products
  • The coal, steel and shipbuilding sectors
  • The synthetic fibres sector
  • Establishments providing generalised (school age) education
  • Banking and insurance companies

University partners

Placements will be availble until 31st May 2015 through PIKT's University delivery partners listed below.  For further information please click on the University closest to your business to obtain their contact details:

  • De Montfort University
  • University of Leicester
  • University of Lincoln



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