St Johns Innovation Centre

St John's Innovation Centre (SJIC) is a business incubator and growth accelerator established by St John's College, part of the University of Cambridge, in 1987. It was the first innovation centre in Europe to focus on supporting knowledge-based business and is the oldest such business incubator in the United Kingdom. It provides flexible workspace and business advice for early-stage businesses, mainly in technology sectors. Some 85-90 companies are housed on site at any given time and there are another 300+ non-resident members of the centre. The Innovation Centre supports the wider business community by delivering business support and research programmes in association with the BIS-funded Growth Accelerator programme, the Greater Cambridge Partnership, the University of Cambridge and others. SJIC has been a member of the United Kingdom Science Parks Association since 1987, and a member of United Kingdom Business Incubation (UKBI) since 1999. St John’s has been granted full membership of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) and thus became the first accredited “BIC” (Business and Innovation Centre) in the East of England, joining a network of only 10 such accredited organisations within the UK. SJIC also leads the EU-funded Achieve More project (AMP). AMP brings together 9 partners in 5 countries to improve the prospects of Knowledge Intensive Service (KIS) firms through enhanced cooperation among clusters, incubators and investors. AMP has assisted in raising over €44m to be invested in KIS firms and brought together over 500 business incubators and innovation professionals from more than 75 countries around the world. St John's runs an extensive series of workshops across the East of England on Undertaking Finance for Business, including investment-readiness training and pitching panels with business angels.

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Services Provided Business Advisors and Mentoring
Does this organisation invest or provide business funding? No
Investment Opportunities No
Regions Covered East of England, South East

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