We have a unique opportunity to leverage our expertise, our collaborative approach to multidisciplinary research working with and alongside business, and the founding elements required to support start-up businesses.
This combination, supported with a programme of business idea-discovery, validation and testing, training, and support in business formation, can make a significant step towards accelerating the translation of fundamental research into new tools, technologies, products and services.
A Norwich Research Park Accelerator is a priority for Anglia Innovation Partnership LLP, the Partners and the local innovation community.
Initially, Partners and stakeholders will work closely to develop a ‘virtual accelerator’ – to identify business opportunities within the Park and provide a package of early support services (e.g. writing business plan, IP, HR, facilities access) to enable businesses to set up quickly and easily – with the aim that businesses emerging from the ‘virtual accelerator’ are investor-ready. Our ambition is that this process is so refined and well-known that investors seek out Norwich Research Park-accelerator opportunities.
The future vision for the accelerator programme is to offer an unbroken chain from accelerator to incubator through to ‘own front door’, creating a community of developing businesses, sharing experience, networks, good practice – and with targeted support from the Park.