Our start-up incubator
Start a business with high ambition from day one.
If you’re starting a new venture, we’re here to help you get off to the right start, make smarter decisions, build skills and get results, faster.
From provoking strategic thought, to testing assumptions and providing high level support to keep you on track, we can help you to truly understand your customers, develop new market niches and clarify hidden value in your products or services.
Making conversations and building networks
You can’t build an extraordinary business alone. Building knowledge, sharing experience, gaining customer feedback and establishing credibility are just some of the factors for success. Our networks will provide you with trusted links to many sources including corporate clients, university research, lawyers and accountants as well as successful entrepreneurs with vast experience to share.
If you’re looking to raise funds, our experience and introductions to trusted contacts and networks ensure that you have all you need to make the right decision. Our Lean Investment programme aims to take the pressure out of the pitching environment by encouraging collaboration between early-stage companies and potential investors. Our community of investors are motivated to provide entrepreneurs with insight and feedback as to how they can shape their businesses to become more investable in the future.
The first question we ask each and every one of our members: what can we do that will make an immediate difference to your business? Our business support adapts to suit your needs and budget, offering an informal sounding board, strategic interventions and everything in between. We’ll muck in and help you make sales, and our Catalyst team of mentored students and graduates provides a flexible and cost effective resource when you need an extra pair of hands.
Our accounts and bookkeeping team will help you build fiscal skills and understand your company finances, as well as provide practical services including setting up accounts systems, bookkeeping and payroll.
You’ll join an entrepreneurial community, in a truly impressive location offering professional image, credibility, a sense of belonging and a stimulating community of like minded people.
Office spaces are designed to be flexible to your business and growth needs with inclusive rents, no long-term commitment and minimal paperwork. Our meeting room, seminar room and boardroom facilities provide the infrastructure to impress potential partners and clients, allowing you to focus on what matters most – the business.
Enjoy all the benefits of a fixed office, without the office. Our Virtual membership package gives you a great business address and hotdesking facilities, professionally managed business calls and mail, as well as access to our exceptional support and networks.
And if you’re just looking for mentoring, strategic advice and support, join the Sussex Innovation community by becoming one of our Network members. You’ll get a strong team around you to help you get your idea off the ground – perfect for when you already have your own office, or don’t yet need a permanent base.
Elektromotive had developed a universal electric car charging technology, but needed a major project of investment in the infrastructure in order to commercialise the product.
Calvey Taylor-Haw, Elektromotive
How to join
If you've got an idea or have just launched, and would like to become a part of our community, get in touch to find out 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.