Your investment readiness programme

We are bringing you a fully funded programme of support for entrepreneurs and investors. Whether you are fine-tuning your USP, perfecting your pitch, or gearing up to make an investment – our team of experts is here to help.

The University Enterprise Zone team invites you to take advantage of our investment readiness seminars, funding opportunities, one-to-one sessions with business consultants and mentors, and our resource library.

We aim to:

  • Benefit the local Essex economy.
  • Encourage investment into innovative seed businesses.
  • Identify and nourish the potential for sustainable growth.
  • Support businesses capable of employing a highly skilled workforce.

When you engage with Space to Grow, you are tapping into the innovative power and partner network of the University of Essex. At Essex, we are all about seizing the right opportunities, making the most of opportunities as they present themselves and developing growth and innovation.

If you need a trusted expert on your side, get in touch by emailing

Our investment readiness sessions

Our seminars provide both investors and entrepreneurs with guidance on the investment process. Themes range from sales and marketing, to tax advice and how to prepare a pitch deck. Our goal is to deliver the information our business community requires.

These informative and interactive sessions can be followed-up with one-to-one support from our entrepreneurs in residence and mentors. What’s more, as members of the UKBAA, we can offer access to their resources, including discounted training to new investors.

Visit our UEZ Events Calendar and discover our full offering of business support events.

Catch up with the latest from Space to Grow

Between January 2020 and January 2022 the space to grow programme has helped over 1000 entrepreneurs and investors get investment ready in over 70 Investment readiness sessions.

Catch up on any sessions that you may have missed by watching the recordings on YouTube or listening to the Space to Grow podcast.

The Space to Grow team

Our team of business experts and mentors has years of experience bringing new products and services to market in a range of sectors. For entrepreneurs, we provide free support to become pitch-ready for investment. For investors, we are a trusted sounding board. Whichever stage you are at, we will support you – or signpost you to the services you need.

“Thank you John, you and your excellent team at the University of Essex, have been nothing short of remarkable, I look forward to working with you and would highly recommend any start-up connecting with John Stenhouse and team to see if they can help you on your entrepreneurial journey.”
Don-Paul Dhaliwal CEO@Conigital Driverless Vehicle AI Scaleup

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