Arc Universities
Aviate+ Launch & Showcase – Cranfield University

AVIATE+ launch/showcase - supporting innovative small companies in the AvTech sector to scale and thrive.

AVIATE+ launch/showcase – supporting innovative small companies in the AvTech sector to scale and thrive.

Cranfield University has been designated as a University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) by Research England, enabling the development of the new AVIATE+ facility to support the growth of an AvTech focussed business cluster. The clustering of innovative companies along with the advantages and benefits of co-location with the University, will create a dynamic environment for AvTech companies to scale and thrive.

Cranfield is a specialist post-graduate University, in the heart of the Oxford- Cambridge Arc. The region is at the forefront of the future of flight aerospace sector deal, which aims to make the UK a leader of hybrid-electric and electric propulsion and exploit related new markets such as drones and urban air mobility vehicles.

The University is renowned for its’ world-class research and facilities. It is the number one university in Europe for aerospace with its own global research airport on-site. It has unrivalled links with industry and long-term partnerships with leaders in the sector including Airbus, BAE Systems, Boeing and Rolls-Royce.

AVIATE + will operate alongside Cranfield’s established Eagle Lab which was set up in partnership with Barclays to incubate early-stage companies in the AvTech sector. AVIATE+ will support companies as they move further along their growth journey and will provide private workshop space, a makerspace, tailored business advice, introductions to investors and help to access the University’s cutting-edge expertise and graduate talent.

With technology developing at pace, Cranfield University is in an ideal position to accelerate innovation in aviation. AVIATE+ will support small firms who have high-growth potential in this sector and bring to fruition the technology of tomorrow.

The new AVIATE+ facility is scheduled to open in September. If you are an entrepreneur, business, supplier, partner or potential partner and would like to find out more about how you can engage with Cranfield’s Aerospace and AvTech cluster,  join the team at this free virtual launch event on 22nd June 2021.


Date: June 22, 2021
Start: 9:30 am