Welcome to Sussex Innovation

We're a business incubation network, supporting entrepreneurs, start-ups and scale-ups across the South East from our headquarters at the University of Sussex. Our members are ambitious companies who are innovators in their field - solving important problems in new ways. We give founders the strategic insight to help them grow their business, and provide practical resources to help manage that growth sustainably.

Why are we here?

Sussex Innovation Centre opened in 1996, initially as a public-private partnership involving the two universities and local councils in the greater Brighton area. We were launched to harness the massive growth potential of the 'Sussex Academic Corridor', with the aim of retaining skilled graduates in the area, building bridges between business and academia, supporting innovative local startups and creating new jobs and economic growth.

Why are we a part of the University?

In 2008, we became wholly owned by the University of Sussex. Since then, we've taken a more prominent role in commercialising the products of research conducted at the University, and supporting Sussex students and graduates to realise entrepreneurial projects.

Our relationship with the University also means that the businesses we work with get to access those bright young minds, as well as having a direct line into world-leading expertise in specialist fields.

Where are our centres?

In 2015 we opened our first off-campus hub, in the rapidly growing borough of Croydon, and a third site is currently under construction in Brighton city centre. Our innovation network helps to create opportunities for collaboration, knowledge transfer and investment between enterprises across the South East.

What do we do?

Our support is bespoke to every company's needs. Many of our strategic support products are based around:

  • Raising ambition
  • Developing business models
  • Building management teams
  • Customer and market insight
  • Investor relations and building networks

The practical work we carry out on behalf of our members includes:

  • Admin, legal and tax processes
  • Accounting and payroll processes
  • Desk-based research
  • Sales, CRM and lead generation
  • PR and communications
  • HR and operational support

How to join

If you think your business is ready to take the next step and would like to become a part of our community, get in touch to discuss your idea and how we can help. Call +44 (0) 1273 704400 and ask to speak to the Support team, or complete our enquiry form to let us know about your idea and receive a call back.