As a University Enterprise Zone, we are designated by the Government as a centre for nurturing and supporting new digital and creative businesses. Our focus is on increasing business success and job creation by providing budding entrepreneurs with advice and practical support through webinars and 1-on-1 support from our UEZ team. This is paired with access to funding through our innovative equity investment platform, Angels@Essex. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an investor, or a student with a vision, we invite you to get involved.
As part of our UEZ status, Research England and the UK Government committed £800,000 towards the £1.3 million Accelerating Innovation at the Knowledge Gateway project. Based at our Colchester campus, this project is dedicated to developing and commercialising ideas for the benefit of the UK economy. University Enterprise Zones were first established in four pilot areas in 2015. Essex was one of 20 new zones to be created in 2019.
“This provides national recognition of the Knowledge Gateway's strategic importance and further momentum to our aspirations to make it the location of choice in the eastern region for knowledge-based enterprises in science, technology and the creative sector. We've been working towards this status over the last five years, with over £50 million of investment."
Liz has overall responsibility for the development and co-ordination of the four work packages: Space to Grow, Angels@Essex, Studio X, and wifi everywhere. Working closely with the work package leads, supports the smooth running of the governance and delivery structures. Liz is an experienced Project Manager, having previously worked at BBC Learning, where she was responsible for large scale campaigns and events. Since joining the University of Essex in 2009 she has worked on a range of strategic projects, most recently Liz lead the Careers Services Team.
Business Support Manager,
John is a Lifelong Fellow of the Institute of Enterprise and Entrepreneurs with many years’ experience of providing business support. He gained this experience in a professional capacity, as well as acting as a serial entrepreneur and investor himself.
Business Support Coordinator,
Josh has experience starting up his own business and successfully pitching for private investment, as well as working on a range of collaborative projects. He has a strong understanding of the importance of building positive relationships with external stakeholders. His strong understanding of what appeals to investors allows him to bring particular value to this project.
Caelin provides support for growing businesses and projects. She supports investors and start-up businesses looking for funding through the Angels@Essex investment platform, assists in the implementation of the Space to Grow programme to help businesses get investment-ready, and supports Studio X activities.