Centre for Innovation and Enterprise (CIE)

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The Begbroke Centre for Innovation and Enterprise offers high-tech, knowledge-based, start-up and spin-out companies a unique professional environment in which to expand and grow.

The CIE was opened in 2006, with increasing demand for space at Begbroke leading to the construction of  a new wing opened in 2016. The CIE offers flexible office and laboratory space with the full range of services that companies require for start-up. Most importantly, the Centre gives companies the flexibility to grow and expand into more space, as and when they need it.

The centre has over 29,000 sq ft of office and laboratory space, arranged over two floors which has been designed for maximum flexibility in use. For example, innovative use of service risers means that specialist facilities can be installed easily and cost-effectively as companies request them.

The CIE offers new companies far more than just serviced incubation units. As a core component of the Oxford University Begbroke Science Park, the CIE and other site tenants are able to access Oxford University's science and technology departments. Occupiers of the CIE therefore have the unique benefit of access to Oxford University's world-leading research programmes and opportunities to talk with experts in the field. In the same spirit, the CIE hosts regular networking events to provide opportunities for exchange of ideas with business advisers and like-minded entrepreneurs.

For more information on the CIE please contact enquiries@begbroke.ox.ac.uk


Agile Lab

The Agile Lab is a shared working facility within the CIE, comprising an equipped laboratory with bookable bench space and equipment and adjoining office space.  The Agile Lab is an initiative of the Oxfordshire Innovation Support for Business programme (ISfB) funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF). It is designed for:

  • Pre-start-up science entrepreneurs looking to complete short-term proof of concept experiments required for funding applications
  • University researchers undertaking experiments to confirm research impact prior to company incorporation
  • Newly formed SMEs developing their pipeline before expansion

As well as the low rental rates, benefits available to Agile Lab users include one-to-one support (e.g. assistance with seeking future funding), networking opportunities with businesses on site and access to seminars and workshops. We can also help with sourcing access to equipment within the University, and tenants can make use of the Materials Science Laboratory at Begbroke providing characterisation and prototyping services. 





For more information on the Agile Lab please contact agilelab@begbroke.ox.ac.uk



Video Testimonials

Video Testimonials

Video Summary

  • It's first class environment, tremendously supportive, and the association with the university is incredible helpful, giving us access to people we can't normally reach 
  • The ambience here means I can attract and retain innovative engineering staff 
  • The working environment is one that existing and potential customers would expect of an innovative company like ours 
  • Begbroke Science Park is a great place to be a start-up business

Building Layout

Building Layout

Ground Floor

CIE Ground Floor LayoutFirst Floor

CIE First Floor


Services Provided

Services Provided

This building is FULLY SERVICED and has access to:

  • Site Networking Opportunities
  • OBN Affiliate Membership
  • Networking access to University staff
  • Use of Restaurant
  • Use of Minibus
  • Parking
  • Visitor Parking
  • Recycling Service for Paper/Card
  • Web Site Listing for tenants
  • Site Security

For further information on the facilities available with this building please click here.