Innovation support for businesses

Innovation support in Essex

Arise Innovation Hubs

Arise Innovation Hubs offers office space and support for businesses in the following sectors:

  • health
  • performance
  • wellbeing

They are based in Chelmsford and Harlow and offer both virtual and physical spaces. These spaces provide access to first-rate facilities and connections.

Innovation Centre Knowledge Gateway

Innovation Centre Knowledge Gateway is the home for innovative businesses in Colchester. The centre is based on the University of Essex campus. It offers flexible office and coworking space to a wide range of companies and entrepreneurs.

Customers have access to free business coaching and community events. The centre also has spacious and modern meeting rooms and event spaces available for hire, with excellent onsite catering.

Visit the Innovation Centre Knowledge Gateway website to find out more and book a tour.


Launchpad is an innovative business centre in Southend-on-Sea's Airport Business Park. It offers an exciting and supportive growth hub for new and innovative businesses.

You can experience a state-of-the-art sustainable space and expert workshops. You will also have access to networking opportunities and a dedicated Business Growth Manager.

Visit the Launchpad website to find out more and register your interest.

Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs)

Essex businesses can access Innovate UK-funded KTPs to receive academic expertise to:

  • address a particular challenge or opportunity
  • develop a new product or service
  • increase market reach

Businesses can work with experts in areas such as:

  • artificial intelligence (AI)
  • data science
  • robotics
  • process innovation
  • operational strategy

The University of Essex (UoE) has the largest KTP portfolio of any UK university. Contact the UoE team ( to discuss your next innovation.