University of Essex Innovation Centre

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University of Essex Innovation Centre

University of Essex Innovation Centre


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The Innovation CentreWork is now underway to create our major new £10 million Innovation Centre, for completion in spring 2018.


Artist's impression of new Innovation Centre

The centre will be able to accommodate more than 50 start-up and small hi-tech businesses, plus practical, hands-on support and expertise businesses can lean on to help them to start-up, scale-up, and succeed.

The centre further builds on the community of 20+ SMEs who have already joined us on the Knowledge Gateway at Parkside Office Village, and we estimate that up to 400 further jobs could be created within the first 10 years of its development.

Architectural drawing of the new Innovation CentreLocated on our Colchester Campus, the centre is at the heart of our Knowledge Gateway masterplan, which envisions 2,000 people eventually working here, drawn not just by the excellent business accommodation, but also the business and academic support and on-campus resources and faclities provided by a leading research-intensive university.

This development further supports our commitment to boosting the economic impact of the University of Essex in the eastern region; according to a 2015 report, our direct and indirect contribution is £0.5 billion per annum.

Aerial drawing of the new Innovation CentreIf you would like to know more about the development of the Innovation Centre, and how your business can join us on the Knowledge Gateway at this exciting time, please contact us.

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Contact us

Jamie Burns

Jamie Burns

Head of Operations – University of Essex Knowledge Gateway Limited

University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ

Telephone 01206 872849

Mobile 07769 282555