The University of Northampton will be officially opening its new £8.5 million Innovation Centre next month.
The centre, which sits in the town’s Enterprise Zone, has 42 flexible office units, a café and conference space, along with a range of business support services provided by Northamptonshire Growth Hub and the unversity.
A spokesman said: “The Innovation Centre will be the natural home of businesses that benefit both people and the environment through being innovative and effective. Practising what it preaches, the Centre itself is run to deliver social impact and social innovation, with measurable social value.
“The University of Northampton has been internationally recognised for its commitment to social innovation and entrepreneurship by being designated a ‘Changemaker Campus’ by Ashoka U – the global association of the world’s leading universities supporting social entrepreneurs – and was the first in the UK to be awarded this honour,” he added.
Terry Neville, chief operating officer at the University of Northampton, said: “The University of Northampton Innovation Centre is a natural development for this University and enables us for further support the social innovation sector and businesses that tackle social problems in an enterprising way.
“Encouraging entrepreneurship is crucial to the University and significantly enhances the experience and employability prospects we offer to our students,” he added.