DMU’s Innovation Centre expands to meet start-up demand

De Montfort University’s Innovation Centre is expanding to meet increasing demand from start-up businesses.

The centre, in Oxford Street, Leicester, provides a platform for business start-ups, entrepreneurs, students, graduates and academics to shape their business and hone ideas.

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Starting later this month, it is offering start-ups the chance to have shared workspace on a rolling contract basis. The new shared option is aimed at one-person businesses and sole traders who are not yet ready to lease a whole office and has been created after the Innovation Centre team identified a demand for shared space.

Also from September, external organisations have the opportunity to hire a space at the Innovation Centre for the first time. Options range from a two-person interview room to the 70-person Co-Working Space, all of which are available seven days a week, day and evening.

The Innovation Centre has also become the new home for Leicester Hackspace, which provides practical workshop space for makers of digital, electronic, mechanical and creative projects on a pay-what-you-want basis.