2020 applicants

Breaking Business Barriers: Accelerate Your Business to the Next Level

Created and led by the University of Essex Enterprise Zone, the Space to Grow programme is designed to help businesses scale up and tap into profitable markets.

  • Fri 20 Mar 20

    10:00 - 12:00

  • Colchester Campus

    Innovation Centre

  • Event speaker

    Alex Rühl, Founder, Cats are not Peas

  • Event type

    Workshops, training and support
    Breaking Business Barriers

  • Event organiser

    Research and Enterprise Office

  • Contact details

    University Enterprise Zone

This seminar will cover virtual reality opportunities in the Space to Grow programme, hosted by the University of Essex Enterprise Zone.

About this Event

Created and led by the University of Essex Enterprise Zone, the Space to Grow programme is designed to help businesses scale up and tap into profitable markets. Breaking down the barriers that are restricting your business growth and providing you with the tools to overcome obstacles.

Taking place over the next three months, the core workshops will embrace the recognised barriers to business growth, help develop your skills in leading teams, enhance your abilities to engage with customers and close those important deals.

Alongside this we can help you demystify and introduce the innovative technologies of advanced machine learning, virtual reality and augmented reality; helping you understand what roles they could play in introducing new business to you.

The aim of these workshops is to guide you through the process of scaling your business, helping you seek profitable customers and encourage investment into your project. Workshops are presented by experts in their field and are fully funded (free), with the added opportunity to book a private 1:2:1 session following the workshop with an innovation adviser.

We hope you will find our schedule of workshops both insightful and thought-provoking, and invite you to make the most of our diverse panel of expert speakers. Ensure you sign up to the rest of the series - all workshops are on Eventbrite now.

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

Presented by Alex Rühl, Founder, Cats are not Peas.

In this workshop we’ll be doing a deep-dive into virtual reality technology. What is it? How does it work? Can it be an cash positive investment in your business? 

We’ll look at the various types of VR available today and how’s best to implement it. From hardware, software, workflows to implementation, you’ll leave this workshop with a great understanding of whether VR is right for you and your business.

This workshop will be delivered by award winning VR creator & TEDx speaker Alex Ruhl who has been dubbed “one of the most influential voices in the VR space” - Immerse UK.

Followed by pre-booked 1:2:1 sessions to discuss next steps - these will take place after 12pm. Don't forget to pre-book yours! Refreshments provided from 09:30.

What’s next 

A diary of events and support that is available through this Space to Grow programme and the Innovation Centre Knowledge Gateway.


There are pay and display parking spaces available in the University car park on Capon Road; this is just a short distance from the Centre main entrance at the front of the building.

Book your place

Secure your place for this Breaking Business Barriers event on Eventbrite.