13 October 2017

Tim Cook opens new innovation centre

Apple CEO Tim Cook this week opened The Foundry, the Saïd Business School’s new entrepreneurship centre.

Members of the Asset & Space Management team within Estates Services helped make the new centre a reality, playing an important role in negotiations between Saïd Business School (SBS), the University and Nuffield College, which owns the property, on the terms of the five-year lease under which SBS will occupy it.

The Foundry will encourage entrepreneurship and the commercialisation of the University’s research by bringing together students from many disciplines, from engineering and medicine to history and philosophy, and encouraging them to share ideas and create innovative ways to tackle social and business problems. Whether their goal is to launch their own start-up or drive innovation within a larger organisation, the Foundry is intended to give students the skills they need.

Housed in a renovated Victorian ice factory on Hythe Bridge Street, the centre features an incubator space for accelerating new ventures, flexible collaborative working space, presentation areas and a cafe.