The newly opened StartupLab, a pre-incubation hatchery as one of its proponents has it, is not just a breeding ground for new entrepreneurs, but also a vital cog in Anglia Ruskin University’s plans to build an enterprise culture that eventually marks it out as one of the UK’s top entrepreneurial universities.
If it proves to be the success its founders at the Centre for Enterprise Development and Research (CEDAR) want it to be, the hatchery may grow into a full blown incubator operating beyond the confines of its host university.
For now though, it will concentrate on the bright eggs at Anglia Ruskin, who in a thoroughly symbiotic relationship, it is hoped will help drive the StartupLab on to greater things.
The white board walls and work stations provide plenty of opportunity for creativity
Creative thinking is encouraged at a university where they hope to generate startups based on its strong Arts curriculum
Ouch. The StartupLab ‘board room’ is a place to discuss performance, ideas and inter-galactic dominance
Lester Lloyd-Reason, director of CEDAR, outlines the importance of the culture the StartupLab will provide
Walter Herriot believes the StartupLab will provide a significant contribution to Cambridge’s startup eco-system, where his own contribution will be substantial, the former director of St John’s Innovation Centre is one of Silicon Fen’s best connected personalities
The Cambridge startup community does not have to be purely about technology companies says Michael Thorne, Anglia Ruskin University vice chancellor
Fun times as Michael Thorne opens the StartupLab, with (left to right) Ben Mumby-Croft, Lester Lloyd-Reason and Walter Herriot.
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Carwyn Willis, a student on Anglia Ruskin’s Enterprise and Entrepreneurial Management degree
A window of opportunity: The StartupLab plans to be as accessible to Anglia Ruskin students as possible
Cedric Beur (left) of StuStu, who benefited last year from CEDAR advice that now has a home in the StartupLab, with Joe Faulkner-Edwards of Whey Forward
Emily Mackay, founder of MicroGenius, the funding website for sustainable energy projects which became a recipient of funding through the CEDAR Enterprise Fellowship fund