Staffordshire University Enterprise Zone launch pad and incubator offers a unique opportunity for innovative companies in advanced materials, manufacturing, engineering or digital to benefit form a unique mix of leading-edge facilities and support.

As our Hatchery or incubator partner you will have access to a:

  • Dedicated research, development & innovation laboratory;
  • Smart Zone innovation facilities;
  • Range of support programmes in areas such as advanced manufacturing, materials, digital and more* encompassing robotics, 3D printing and more;
  • Funding opportunities to help you resource your business with higher skills*.  

University’s Innovation Enterprise Zone Management Board reviews each application from businesses on individual basis where consideration is given to:

  • Levels of Research, Development and Innovation (RD&I) in your business including product/service or process innovation but also innovative business models.
  • Alignment with our mission, vision, research and enterprise centres and core academic areas;
  • Potential to create high-value jobs;
  • Capacity for collaborative opportunities with the university across the areas of research, knowledge exchange and student/ graduate work experience.
  • Value added to university and the region.

After the review you will be informed of the application outcome, at some cases you may be asked to attend a short interview in person. You may be offered a formal offer to move into the Enterprise Zone, conditional offer or we may advise you of more suitable facilities if your application is declined.

* subject to eligibility

Get in touch with our Employer Partnerships team to find out more.

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Sustainable Development Goal 4, Times Higher Education Impact Rankings 2023

for Career Prospects

Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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Whatuni Student Choice Awards 2023

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The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2023

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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Research Excellence Framework 2021

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QS Star Ratings 2021