17 March 2017

Minister opens new Begbroke innovation hub

Nicola Blackwood MP, Minister for Public Health and Innovation, today opened the new University of Oxford science and enterprise hub, the Begbroke Innovation Accelerator.

Construction of the new building, at Begbroke Science Park, was managed by the Estates Services Capital Projects team, with partial funding from the Oxford and Oxfordshire City Deal. It extends the Begbroke Centre for Innovation and Enterprise, and will help small and medium-sized science businesses bring their products to market.

‘I was at Begbroke to hear the Chancellor formally award the funding for the Innovation Accelerator back in 2014, and so it’s fantastic to be here now to open the hub and celebrate this major achievement which will further cement our City’s status as an innovation powerhouse,’ Blackwood said. ‘Science and enterprise is at the heart of Oxfordshire’s economy and the Innovation Accelerator means we will be even better placed to meet the needs of emerging businesses and continue to thrive.’

As well as bridging the gap between a great idea and a profitable company, the Accelerator will also provide facilities for University researchers to develop innovative ideas and technologies. The main focus will be on advanced engineering in the fields of car-making, nuclear materials, advanced materials and robots, as well as in nano-medicine, pharmaceuticals, energy storage and supercomputing.