Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) Fund

The ISBE Research and Knowledge Exchange (RAKE) Fund provides financial support to new research activities from academics, third sector organisations, businesses, consultants and practitioners. The fund was created with the aim of assisting the exploration of issues, challenges and opportunities surrounding entrepreneurial activities and small firm performance and to encourage and promote cutting-edge research which is relevant to both the development of policy and practice.  The fund has a call for applications each Spring.

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Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE)

The Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship (ISBE) is a network for people and organisations involved in small business and entrepreneurship research, policy, education, support and advice.

ISBE's members are its most valuable resource, offering vast reserves of knowledge and research. Through events and activities ISBE aims to disseminate this research to policy makers and business support organisations, where it can have genuine impact and inform change, and to share these resources with academics, researchers and educators. Through ISBE's network and activities academics, policy makers and those who work in business support are able to connect and form beneficial working relationships.

With more than 30 years experience and a 4,000 strong network ISBE makes a valuable contribution, and engages with, all elements of the entrepreneurial community.

As a charitable institute ISBE provides financial support for new research activities through its RAKE fund. ISBE also provides a number of free and heavily subsidised workshops and activities.

What does ISBE do?

UK Business Incubation

UK Business Incubation (UKBI) has been the UK's principal and successful authority on incubation, incubation development and good practice since 1999.

It has helped the UK government and regional development agencies to build a thriving business incubation infrastructure that will make increasingly significant contributions to local, regional and national economic growth, as thousands of incubated clients move out of incubation environments and achieve sustainable commercial success in their own right.

UKBI's focus on high quality, professional incubation has helped a wide range of organisations to create the right environment for nurtured and supported growth, including universities, science parks, research and development laboratories, commercial clusters and social regeneration projects.

As business incubation environments mature, UKBI has a key role in creating and maintaining the national network hub for the exchange and development of learning amongst its many communities of interest, including those responsible for developing incubation overseas.