Businesses already making new Innovation Centre in Essex their home

August 12th 2019

Essex has a new home for likeminded tech entrepreneurs, start-ups and ambitious individuals. Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway, based on the University of Essex’s Colchester Campus, has just opened its doors and businesses are already choosing to make it their home.

The latest addition to the East of England’s burgeoning tech scene, the Innovation Centre, based on the Knowledge Gateway research and technology park, will support the growth of tech initiatives from the ground up, and function as a gateway for companies looking to utilise the cutting-edge research and resources available at the University of Essex.

Providing businesses with all the resources they need to allow them to flourish, the Innovation Centre provides; flexible workspaces, meeting and conference facilities, networking opportunities and business support tailored to its residents’ needs.

University of Essex Meets Oxford Innovation

 The new venture is a partnership between the University of Essex and Oxford Innovation, the UK’s leading innovation centre operator. Their joint aim is to make high-tech, creative start-ups and scale-up businesses into sustainable and commercial successes, delivering a sustainable and positive impact on the local economy.

As a high-growth business itself, the Oxford Innovation team understands the challenges start-ups, entrepreneurs and emerging businesses face. They know what works and how best to support your business. With over 20 locations across the UK, they can connect you with over 1,000 expert businesses, from a wide range of industries, giving you access to a national network of support.

The Offering

  • Serviced office space, co-working, dedicated desk and virtual office options
  • On-site business support
  • Access to world-leading research at the University of Essex
  • A 30-day notice period, not tying you down to long-term arrangements
  • Wide range of social and business focused events
  • Discounts on on-campus gym and nursery
  • On-site café
  • Meeting and conference facilities

A New Home for Tech in Essex

Dan Smart, Centre Director comments: “Having been a resident of Colchester all my life, it was clear to me that the support network for entrepreneurs and start-ups in our region needed a boost.

“Oxford Innovation and the University of Essex have collaborated to offer this essential space to support budding ideas and grow the emerging technology sector in the region.

“We offer an understanding based in experience of what early-stage businesses need and appreciate. If you’re a tech business looking to settle in the area, you’ll be hard pushed to find a more focused, flexible and engaging space to do business.”

Could you see yourself at Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway? Arrange a tour with Dan and the team by calling 01206 405500 or visit to find out more.

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