THREE leading Northwest centres for innovation have joined forces to help young entrepreneurs expand their wings across the region.
Today sees the launch of the ‘Graduate i-pass’, a new initiative created by Liverpool Science Park, Manchester Metropolitan University's business incubator Innospace and the University of Chester’s new Riverside Innovation Centre, to allow their graduate and start-up tenants to access facilities across the three sites.
A reciprocal agreement has been drawn up between the three organisations setting out the offering, which includes guest day passes, free wireless connection, use of communal facilities and the option to book meeting rooms.
Chris Musson, CEO of Liverpool Science Park, said: “We are delighted to unveil the Graduate i-pass. Each of our organisations share a deep-rooted commitment to supporting the brightest and best talent starting out in business and this scheme is about giving a helping hand to those ambitious young firms working hard to establish a presence across the Northwest. Not only does this initiative provide professional bases across multiple premises, but opens up access to our vibrant communities of like-minded knowledge-based companies.”
Ian Jamieson, Manchester Metropolitan University’s Director of Enterprise, said: “We’re very pleased to be working with our partners across the region to offer an enhanced service for graduates. In the current economic climate, it is vitally important that we stimulate new enterprise and support start-up businesses – this initiative will do both.”
Charlie Woodcock, The University of Chester’s Executive Director of Innovation and Development including Riverside Innovation Centre, based in Chester, added: “Graduate i-pass is a great scheme to help support enterprising graduates across the Northwest and is a good example of innovative support facilities working together. With access to three prime city locations, young businesses can benefit from professional premises and the opportunity to network with like-minded entrepreneurs across the region.”
In September 2010 Liverpool Science Park opened a Graduate Enterprise Centre exclusively for new and recent graduates starting out in the science and knowledge-based sectors. The 24-hour facility provides tenants with all of the necessary ingredients they need to build a business, including low cost, short term lease options.
Innospace at Manchester Metropolitan University is a vibrant community of over 120 start-up businesses, supported by a professional office team and based at the University's Business School in the heart of Central Manchester.