The Innovation Hothouse is a place to work on your business in our professional, co-working space in Derby city centre and mix with other entrepreneurial students and graduates.

What's on offer?

Work on your business in our professional, co-working space in Derby city centre and mix with other entrepreneurial students and graduates. Students or graduates of the University upon joining the Innovation Hothouse can use this space for free.
It includes:

Access to business support and networking events such as:

The Innovation Hothouse is open weekdays, from 9am until 5pm.

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Meet Charlene and Erica, two of the Innovation Hothouse members

Innovation Hothouse members

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Erica Horne joins the Innovation Hothouse community

Erica Horne has recently joined the Banks Mill community as an affiliate member and is part of the Innovation Hothouse, a support network for University of Derby enterprising graduates. Erica runs CAD for Fashion which specialises in CAD training and tuition for the fashion and textiles industry.

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Ask the Entrepreneur / Expert

Have you ever wanted to ask a successful business person what makes them tick? Now is your chance.

Over the next few months we are hosting webinars with some of Derby’s most successful experts and entrepreneurs, they will talk about their experiences and answer your questions. These will be small, informal sessions so you'll get plenty of opportunity to find out what you really want to know. And it's all for free!

Spaces are limited, so please book early through our Business team.

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Annual Impact Report

Over the past year, the University of Derby has celebrated excellent achievements. Read our Annual Impact Report to explore the highlights of our 2022/23 academic year.

Read the Annual Impact ReportRead the Annual Impact Report

Ready for the next step?

If you are further ahead in your business journey and need your own office or studio space, consider one of our 'incubation units' — we have two in Derby and one in Chesterfield.

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The Innovation Hothouse is located at Lonsdale House on Quaker Way and home of the:

Lonsdale House
Quaker Way