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The AgileLab offers access to your own dedicated lab bench and office desk, providing flexible, low-cost space to support the early stages of commercialising scientific research, suitable 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

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The AgileLab is a wet lab, co-working facility with a range of shared equipment to use, a dedicated lab technician and adjoining office space. It provides low overhead, low commitment space within a wider entrepreneurial environment.

In addition to the physical facilities, AgileLab tenants benefit from 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, including the characterisation and prototyping services hosted by the Department of Materials on site at Begbroke.

The AgileLab was initiated via the Innovation Support for Business programme (ISfB) which was funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

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Facilities available to the AgileLab users


  • Individual bench space (approximately 1.8m), drawer, cupboard and shelving
  • Suitable for one scientist per company
  • On-site support by qualified laboratory technician
  • Desk and locker in open plan office
  • High-speed internet
  • Central manned reception
  • Free car parking
  • Use of on-site conference facilities
  • Access to on site networking events and seminars
  • 12 hours business support
  • Further access to a wide range of support within the University
  • Use of on site restaurants and coffee shop

Shared equipment

  • Fume cupboards
  • Gases: nitrogen, compressed air
  • Rotary evaporator
  • De-ionised water supply
  • Analytical balances
  • Stirrer hotplates
  • Refrigerator
  • Freezer
  • Ice maker
  • Heater plates/blocks
  • Chemicals/solvent storage
  • General laboratory glassware and consumables

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To enquire about the availability and suitability of the AgileLab space, please contact agilelab@begbroke.ox.ac.uk

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