Starting a business can be a daunting, challenging and rewarding time. Don’t do it alone. There are many useful and tailored services available at our university and college partners which can help you build the foundations for a successful and profitable business.

Innovation Voucher.

An Innovation Voucher will enable your business to access the considerable expertise, talent and facilities at six South London based partner universities and colleges – Kingston, Roehampton, London South Bank, St Mary’s, Twickenham, University of Arts, London, Spurgeon’s College and Sussex Innovation – to undertake a wide range projects which could boost your profitability and productivity.

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Student & Graduate Placements.

Do you have a business project which needs some resource?

Why not bring in some fresh thinking with a bright student or graduate from one of the following universities:

Kingston University


University of Roehampton

Sussex Innovation


deK Growth: Business growth support.

Are you a small business owner based in London looking for free expert advice and practical support to help steer your business towards growth?

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London Agri-Food Innovation Clinic.

Supports and promotes research and innovation in London’s food businesses.

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Accelerating the Creative Economy through Immersive Technologies.

A fully-funded initiative which supports London-based start-ups and SMEs to conceptualise, research and develop innovative products and services.

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Simulation for Digital Health.

A free programme supporting health tech start-ups and SMEs to innovate, develop and deliver new products and services.

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Flexible Office and Co-Working Space.

Sussex Innovation Croydon hosts a community of start-ups and growing businesses across two floors of the iconic One Croydon building, a stone’s throw from East Croydon station. Tenants gain access to private office space for 2 to 15 people, with flexible terms allowing your business to occupy bigger or smaller spaces as needed. A range of co-working membership options provide freelancers and sole traders with a home away from home among likeminded entrepreneurs, including hotdesking, meeting and conference rooms, and an open plan business lounge.

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Workplace learning modules.

St Mary’s has an innovative suite of workplace learning modules that enable students to gain an experience on placement alongside their academic studies. These workplace learning modules are free of charge to the organisation and the company gets the opportunity to input to the assessment of the student.

Contact Femi Yusoof, Employer Engagement Lead or the Careers team

Innovation Consultancy and Coaching.

Tap into a network of specialist expert consultants to work one-to-one on your strategy, sales and marketing, market insight, funding or financial models and more. A team of in-house advisors are on hand to leverage rich research resources and practical experience from years of running and mentoring high-growth businesses. Some consultancy sessions are even available part- or fully-funded.

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Access to Investment.

Suss Ventures is Sussex Innovation’s investor matching service, introducing opportunities to a network of private seed investors at regular pitch events. If your business has potential but isn’t yet in an investable position, they’ll also introduce you to the support you need to get your pitch investment ready.

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