Innovation Labs at University of Suffolk (ILABS) has been established as a focal point for developing new entrepreneurs and start-up businesses as well as providing co-working space for long-standing businesses. A single point of integration and access between enterprise, facilities and academic expertise, ILABS provides networking and collaborative opportunities with subject areas including: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), Digital Creative, Leadership, Business Management, and a range of other subject areas reflecting the academic expertise within the university and across New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership (NALEP).
Originally established as the Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC) it realised the long standing ambitions of a number of key economic stakeholders in Ipswich and Suffolk to place an innovation centre at the heart of the Ipswich Waterfront – a site of academic and economic regeneration. The IWIC has played a leading role in supporting ICT start-ups, the connection of industry to HE in Ipswich, the development of an Ipswich innovation network, workforce development, enhanced productivity and opportunities from entrepreneurs across our communities. The impact has exceeded that envisioned by the creation of an incubation and knowledge exchange space which has delivered value to it’s stakeholders including students, graduates and the wider community. Developing a partnership with Innovation Labs in late 2021 provides those stakeholders with further growth support.
ILABS is now at the heart of the business development quarter at the University of Suffolk with the recent co-location of the Suffolk Business School and provides a one stop shop for business seeking engagement with the knowledge exchange offer of higher education.
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