UWE Bristol's Future Space – newly-created offices, workshops and lab-space for science and tech-based businesses – in the University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) has been explicitly designed to encourage innovation, collaboration and inspiration.
Situated on Frenchay Campus, Future Space will support businesses working in high-tech areas such as robotics, digital and creative technologies, health tech and biosciences.
The aim of the UEZ is to help smaller, high-growth companies not just by providing accommodation but also through access to facilities, business support, and opportunities for collaboration with university research teams.
"Businesses moving in will get access to the sorts of academic expertise, business support and facilities that would otherwise be out of reach for new and growing companies. And they will be able to tap in to student talent through work placements or recruiting our graduates."
A team from Oxford Innovation who run Future Space for the University is on site to help the businesses that move in. According to Elaine McKechnie, Centre Director, the flexibility of the space is a big draw for businesses. She comments: “Resident businesses can put their own stamp on their space, or they can rent a space that is ready for them to move in.”
It is estimated that Future Space will bring an economy boost of £85m as well as over 450 new jobs to the region over the next 10 years.
Future Space companies
Current occupiers include:
- Reach Robotics, which develops custom-designed gaming robots, co-founded by Silas Adekunle, UWE Bristol robotics graduate.
- Open Bionics, an award winning company which seeks to create affordable 3D printed robotic hands for amputees.
- Esoterix Systems, a technology start-up working in transport provision.
- DesAcc EMEA, a data science company that builds products and services in relation to healthcare.