Business Incubation

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The University has an excellent track record supporting start-ups and small businesses, identifying opportunities for growth and taking businesses to the next level with help from our experts.

Join our startup community and get inspired by and connected with innovative entrepreneurs in the early stages of their business.

Innovative space, creative support

Being a member of the University of Hertfordshire’s Business Incubator gives you access to hundreds of academic experts and their evolving research, as well as seminars, mentors, networking events, business directories and marketing through our website. In short, everything you need to support you and your business.

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As part of our community you will have access to:

Flexible inspiring workspaces

Business incubation is an open-working concept. Rather than being tied down to the same desk, staring at the same four walls, you can work in any of our fantastic contemporary open spaces on either of our two campuses. You’ll have the flexibility to come and go as you please and move around or network in a vibrant environment.

Community of Practice

We believe a better business evolves through the combined accomplishments of creative, committed and compassionate individuals focused on a common purpose.

The Business Incubator offers you a unique ecosystem of resources, inspiration and collaboration opportunities to grow your venture.

Community of practice cannot happen in isolation. It requires collective action in order to shape each other’s businesses and tackle the problems that all small businesses face.

Access for members

Being accepted onto the Business Incubator allows members access to:

  • all the benefits of the community of practice in return for a commitment to the initiative
  • free WiFi
  • meeting rooms (subject to availability)
  • postal business mailing address
  • Learning Resource Centres and a full online learning suite facility
  • Hertfordshire Business Academy - a thriving network and membership group for individuals, business owners and organisations, offering connections and collaborative opportunities with over 250 academic/business experts
  • printing and photocopying (at low student rates)
  • parking*
  • mentors, events, academic expertise and more

* Parking permits required and application made on acceptance. Restrictions apply.

Please email us directly or call +44 (0)1707 286406 to find out more.

Membership is allocated to a limited number of businesses. Admission to the Business Incubator is by application and a decision is made by the selection committee led by the Pro Vice-Chancellor Business & International Development. To be admitted to the Business Incubator please see application criteria.

Apply for membership for a 12-month residency in the UH Business Incubator.

Application criteria

You need to:

  • have registered your business (company registration number is a pre-requisite) or have registered as a sole trader with HMRC
  • evidence of trading activity, (sales invoices, trade history etc.)
  • have a growth potential and/or a scalable business proposition
  • be committed to working on the growth of your business in our business incubator.
    attend and actively participate in fortnightly incubation meet ups

If you meet the above criteria and are ready to become a member, Apply Now.

We recognise that you may have a business that may indeed just be starting up and on the verge of trading without having any formal sales, if so please contact us on businessincubation@herts.ac.uk or +44 (0)1707 286406 to discuss if you might be eligible.