Modern Office Space

Nest and Innovation Space collaborate to support graduate start-ups

Nest and Innovation Space have joined forces to offer graduates from the University of Portsmouth an exciting new deal for those looking to start their own business.

Nest, the new incubator exclusively for students and graduates of the University, and Innovation Space, who provide office and co-working space in the City, have come together to ensure that graduates who want to take the exciting first steps of starting their own business have access to the knowledge and facilities to help them be successful.

Recognising that access to office and co-working space can be hugely beneficial in the early stages of the start-up process, Innovation Space will provide free use of nest on the 2nd Floor from the 1st June to the 1st October, followed by a 50% discount on their next four months full membership.

During this time you will be able to access the expertise, resources and workshops of the nest team, while also meeting local businesses who run their companies from Innovation Space and attending a weekly events programme designed to give you skills and knowledge to apply to your new venture.

Any graduate from the past five years, including any final year student graduating in 2016, will be able to access this offer, intended to provide co-working space at a significantly reduced rate.

To find out more, visit www.nest.community or e-mail nest@port.ac.uk.

Shared Office Space

Meet a member: Zac

Web developer, hack event organiser, and University of Portsmouth student Zac Colley spoke to us about how hotdesking at Innovation Space helped his business thrive.

The shared office space is sited in a modern multi-storey building on Hampshire Terrace, just around the corner from the University of Portsmouth, who run the building.

The floor Zac works on, developing everything from one-pagers to large complex websites (including the Team Locals Portsmouth site), is dedicated to students and graduates.

Zac said: “They work with the students to give this space for free for a certain amount of time. One of the aims with this building is to create more businesses in the area which are coming out of the uni.”

Running a web development business while studying and also spearheading Hack Pompey — a series of events which bring people together to code, build hardware, design, and just generally be creative — requires an adaptable workplace. Zac feels he’s found this in Innovation Space.

Hack Pompey is an event that we’ve run at Innovation Space for a couple of years now. Innovation Space is really good because we can move the furniture around and reform how the space works — you can move things around to suit the event. People can set up equipment, and it’s a nice airy place to be.

“And it’s close to the uni, so we can get all of the students to come along.”