New incubator set to transform the start-up scene in York

24th May 2019

New incubator set to transform the start-up scene in York

York has long been an historic city with big ambitions for the future, and this year sees it take the next steps towards becoming a true home to innovation.

York Science Park have announced the launch of their new start-up incubator for digital, creative, technology and science businesses, Phase One. It offers time, space and support to get started, grow and develop.


Launching on the 25th June, and open to pre-start businesses or businesses less than 12 months old, Phase One is the result of years of research and work by the team at the Science Park into what support entrepreneurs in the City need.

Business Development Executive, Olivia Chatten said “We’ve been working with start-ups and spin-outs for more than 25 years. No matter what sector, product or service they are trying to develop, we know that many start-ups experience the same problems and we want to give them the tools to help overcome them.”

York Science Park have been working with Ideas Group to develop the concept for Phase One. Based at the Innovation Centre for over 15 years, they deliver business, brand and marketing strategy and design for clients from York to Michigan, working with entrepreneurial businesses from start-ups to PLCs.

Nick Townend, Managing Director of Ideas Group said “It’s brilliant to be part of such a great project for the Science Park, University and the city using our interiors and brand experience design skills alongside brand creation and marketing. We look forward to being part of the support and mentoring team for members and making Phase One a launch pad for innovative 21st century businesses.”

Phase One will offer members space in their custom designed start-up hub, connectivity, meeting space and focus pods, free for 12 months.

Along with the physical facilities, membership in Phase One includes a 12 month incubation programme, with business support sessions and advice from an impressive range of trusted partner organisations.

Claire Bennett, General Manager of York Science Park, said they were “delighted to finally launch Phase One. This has been years in the making for us, and we are looking for the most creative, innovative and dynamic new businesses to join our entrepreneurial ecosystem.”

The location of Phase One offers unique access to the world-leading research and facilities at the University of York. Claire said “the University has an incredible reputation and is leading the way in Computer Science, Green Chemistry, Physics, to name just a few. For members, getting direct access to their amazing research, facilities, staff and students is a huge opportunity.”

In order to qualify for membership, companies should be less than 12 months old, and be working to launch or develop a service or product in the digital, creative, technology or science sectors.

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