Innovation On The Waterfront

The Ipswich Waterfront Innovation Centre (IWIC), based at the University of Suffolk, has brought a growing community of entrepreneurs and innovators to the Waterfront in Ipswich and to the heart of one of the fastest growing city economies in the UK.  Open for nearly two years, the IWIC is a result of a strong partnership between the University, the New Anglia Local Economic Partnership (NALEP), Ipswich Borough Council, Suffolk County Council, Innovation Martlesham and a range of other stakeholders. 

The IWIC provides a smart working environment, facilitating a new and diverse community spanning technology freelancers, researchers, recently incorporated companies and student entrepreneurs - across a broad range of industry sectors and technologies. Hot-desks, meeting rooms, an Ideas room, a 3D Productivity Suite, and access to academic expertise, business development managers and a programme of events, underpin the environment in the IWIC. 

The University of Suffolk will shortly be launching a new business engagement strategy to drive forward local productivity and workforce development through education, skills development, knowledge exchange and innovation. As a new and growing knowledge base, the University is key to addressing the challenges that face our communities within Ipswich, Suffolk and beyond.  

Stef Thorne, Head of Business Engagement & Entrepreneurship at the University of Suffolk said, “The Ipswich Waterfront is a fantastic place for the University to be based, enriching the student and staff experience as it develops as a place where innovation and entrepreneurship is thriving. There are so many opportunities for our students, staff, and graduates to develop their entrepreneurial talents and work on projects that have local economic impact.  I’d encourage all local innovators, entrepreneurs and ideas people to visit us at the IWIC and see how we can help you.”