The Imperial White City Incubator, a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship in London, hosted the January 2019 UK Science Park Association (UKSPA) member conference, with events and talks taking place across the Imperial White City Campus.
More than 80 delegates attended the two-day event, which this year focused on the development of Innovation Districts and Incubation facilities in towns and cities across the UK.
Sessions included a panel discussion led by Eulian Roberts, Chief Executive of Imperial College Thinkspace, which explored the ways in which innovation districts across the UK contribute to and sustain business growth, and a keynote speech from Andrew Carter, Chief Executive of Centre for Cities, on economic interaction between UK towns and cities.
Delegates were also treated to a tour of the facilities offered at the White City Campus, including the Translation and Innovation Hub, which provides acceleration and grow-on space to innovative companies, the Invention Rooms, a shared space for innovation and collaboration, and the Imperial White City Incubator, a home for entrepreneurial, deep-science start-up companies which provides office and laboratory space in the heart of west London.
The UK Science Park Association is the authoritative body on the planning, development and creation of Science Parks and other innovation locations that facilitate the development and management of innovative, high-growth, knowledge-based organisations.
Graham Hewson, Head of Incubation at Imperial Innovations, said:
“It was an honour to host to the UKSPA member conference again, four years after the last time we had the opportunity. We were extremely proud to showcase the incredible development work that has been undertaken at Imperial in that time, which has seen the Imperial White City Campus become the heart of an innovation ecosystem in West London.”
The Imperial White City Incubator launched in November 2016 and within 18 months had achieved full occupancy of its 18 thousand square feet of Laboratory and Office space. Three companies have graduated from incubation since launch, and clients have raised in excess of £85 million since 2016. The Incubator operates with a vision to Inspire, Incubate and Educate and applies its mission both to client companies and the Imperial community, as well as the community around White City and Hammersmith and Fulham.
The Imperial White City Incubator has pioneered a number of initiatives since it opened, including the Innovation Academy, a focused series of training courses designed to provide the background understanding needed to create a technology start-up. In addition, it created a shared-lab model to address the lack of provision of lab space for very early-stage businesses in London. Both initiatives have had a successful start to life.