We’re a University Enterprise Zone (UEZ) designated by the Government as a centre for nurturing and supporting new digital and creative businesses.
As part of our new UEZ status, Research England and the UK Government has committed £800,000 towards the £1.3 million Accelerating Innovation at the Knowledge Gateway project based at our Colchester Campus, to grow and commercialise ideas for the benefit of the UK economy.
Over the next two years we’ll be focussing on increasing business and job creation by providing budding entrepreneurs with advice and practical support, together with access to the funding necessary to scale or grow ambitious businesses.
“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."
University Enterprise Zones were first established in four pilot areas in 2015 – the aim was to encourage universities and businesses to work together to increase local growth and innovation. Essex is one of 20 new zones to be created.
Liz has overall responsibility for the development and co-ordination of the four work packages: Space to Grow, Angels@Essex, Studio X, and Wi-Fi 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 an industry and private practice professional financial and management accountant, serving many sectors with boardroom advice. Having a career as a serial entrepreneur, investor, owner and managing director of a number of companies, ranging from SME to PLC, John has a broad yet detailed understanding of commercial business alongside public sector business support. He recently led and developed the Angels@Essex equity investment platform for the University of Essex, linking investors to innovative opportunities that will create sustainable economic growth.
Business Support Coordinator,
As Business Support Coordinator, Josh has developed significant experience working on a variety of projects, and has a strong understanding of the importance of building positive relationships with external stakeholders. The experience Josh has gained from starting up a business himself, and successfully pitching for private investment, has given him valuable insight for this project, alongside a strong understanding of what appeals to investors.
With a background in Film Studies, event planning for university societies, and her work at AIXR, Caelin is skilled at marketing, social media, event management, and communications. She provides support for local growing businesses and projects in the University Enterprise Zone programme, including supporting investors and start-up businesses looking for funding through the Angels@Essex investment platform, assisting in the implementation of the Space to Grow programme to help get businesses investment-ready, and supporting Studio X activities.