A creative
technology hub

The Innovation Centre is the focal point for the University of Essex’s Knowledge Gateway; a research and technology park situated on their Colchester campus. It’s a place where start-up and early stage technology businesses can rent flexible office space, book impressive meeting and conference facilities, benefit from business support and have access to research expertise as well as student and graduate talent.

A catalyst for growth

By supporting start-ups and growing tech businesses, the Innovation Centre is helping the university to drive economic growth in the East of England and establish this area as a globally-recognised centre for technology. The thriving hub of the Knowledge Gateway, combined with the excellent facilities on the university campus make it an essential place for entrepreneurs and business owners to base themselves and develop new ideas.


A strong partnership


Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway is a partnership between the University of Essex (University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards 2018) and Oxford Innovation (the UK’s leading Innovation Centre operator). Their joint aim is to make high-tech and creative start-up and scale-up businesses into sustainable and commercial successes, which has a continuous positive impact on the local economy.


A thriving place to grow your business

If you’re looking for space to grow your technology business, Innovation Centre, Knowledge Gateway ticks every box. Flexible office space, business support, meeting and conference solutions, and easy access to research and talent; all located on a vibrant university campus. And it’s convenient to get to as well.

  • 60 miles to central London on the A12
  • 46 minutes to London by train
  • 30 miles to Stansted Airport
  • 44 miles to London Southend Airport


Managed by

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Our centre is managed by Oxford Innovation, who started by creating Europe’s first ever innovation centre – and now manage a growing network of over 24 centres across the UK.

As a high-growth business itself, the Oxford Innovation team understands the challenges innovators, start-ups, entrepreneurs and emerging businesses are facing. They know what works and how best to support your business. They can also connect you to over 1,000 businesses as part of their network, locally and nationally, and provide you with flexible access to facilities in any of their locations (subject to availability)

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