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Higher Education - Business and Community Interaction 2016/17

HESA open data release reveals over 4,000 new graduate start-ups in 2016/17.

The HE Business and Community Interaction (HE-BCI) survey reveals the extent of UK universities' engagement in the economy and the application of their work outside of academic environments.

Results of the survey, released by HESA today, include the number of spin-off and start-up companies formed by HE providers, their staff and graduates. Providers identified 4,452 new companies registered in 2016/17, including 4,161 graduate start-ups, 143 formal spin-offs, and 86 social enterprises.


The HE-BCI survey also includes data on the income of universities from the application and exploitation of knowledge and resources. UK HE providers earned almost £1.3 billion from contract research in 2016/17, and nearly £150 million from Intellectual Property.

HE-BCI data for 2016/17 is published in full on the HESA website as interactive tables with machine-readable files available for download and analysis. This open data release is available for re-use under the Creative Commons 4.0 licence. Data for 2015/16 is included in today’s release, and previous years’ data is free to download from via HESA’s publications page.


About HESA

HESA (Higher Education Statistics Agency) is the recognised source of data on higher education in the UK, and the designated data body for England. Its experts collect, analyse, and disseminate accurate and comprehensive statistical information on all aspects of UK higher education to support the strategic aims of its users and enhance the effectiveness of the sector as a whole. It is a charity and a company limited by guarantee. It operates as an independent organisation, working in collaboration with higher education providers, regulators, funders, government departments, policy makers, and other stakeholders.

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