Incubators

Designed for Deep Tech

The home of innovative science & engineering companies

Backed by the University of Bristol and Research England, our two central Bristol incubators, offer 45,000 sq ft of laboratory, office and event space for deep tech start-ups. Designed, built and run by our specialist in-house team.

We are deeply connected with the University of Bristol, supporting their world-class talent to take the next step into deep tech entrepreneurship. The University’s state of the art instrumentation, analytical services and expertise are all within walking distance.

We created our first incubator after discovering that there was no home for science companies in the city. Since opening in 2017, the building has become a hub of science and engineering entrepreneurship and is now bursting at the seams.

Our second incubator, located in Old Market, is now open. With double the floorspace it provides even more room for the city’s deep tech companies to grow.

Our incubators combine purpose-built laboratories, flexible offices, events space and cutting-edge instrumentation, designed, developed and run by our specialist in-house team who work with our member companies and network to provide mentoring, expertise and the resources needed for scientific innovation and business development.

Our incubators take no equity.

Old Market Incubator

Midland Road
Bristol BS2 0JZ

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St Philips Incubator

St Philips Central,
Albert Road,
Bristol BS2 0XJ

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St Philips Incubator

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Member Options

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Private Lab

Rent a ready-to-use, furnished space, or have us design and construct a bespoke layout for you.

  • Labs from 220-780sq ft (St Philips)
  • 300-1200 sq ft (Old Market)
  • Fully furnished options
  • Ducted fume cupboard labs

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Bench Space

Rent a bench space in one of our shared laboratories. Ideal if you are just starting out or running a short project.

  • Flexible leases
  • Access shared instrumentation
  • Work with other innovators and entrepreneurs

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Hot Desk

If you’re a small business owner or early-stage university spin-out, our hot desk membership is ideal for establishing a Bristol address and gives you access to our pioneering incubator ecosystem.

  • Two days per week use
  • Business address registration
  • Mail delivery and reception services
  • Access to our community digital platform
  • Access to printing, scanning and shredding*
  • Refreshments in our kitchen & breakout spaces*

 

*Additional cost

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Dedicated Desk

All the benefits of a hot desk, plus:

  • Your own desk, chair and storage
  • A locker
  • Access to our high-speed network with dedicated bandwidth
  • Option for VoIP telephone installation*

 

*Additional cost

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Dedicated Office

As your team and technology grow, scale up into your own private office within our incubators. Dedicated office membership gives your whole team all the advantages of a dedicated desk, with:

  • Your own office, with company name displayed, secured via numeric lock
  • Customise your space to suit your team’s needs
  • Hoovering and waste/recycling removal by the cleaning team

Incubators Team

Dr Harry Destecroix

Founder & Advisor
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Dr Harry Destecroix

Founder & Advisor

Harry is the founder of the Science Creates ecosystem and Managing Partner of Science Creates Ventures. He is a scientist, entrepreneur and investor, and the co-founder of Ziylo, the hugely successful University of Bristol spin-out company. Harry is passionate about building great companies and providing the optimum ecosystem to facilitate their growth and development.

Dr Ashley Brewer

CEO
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Dr Ashley Brewer

CEO

Ashley has been with Science Creates from the very beginning, joining us when St Philips was still an empty warehouse! He has been involved in laboratory establishment, management and running for over 10 years, following his PhD and Post-doctorate work in chemistry. Not afraid to get stuck in, Ash brings a wealth of hands-on experience. When not ensuring our incubators are run seamlessly, Ash can be found out in countryside or restoring one of his ancient Land Rovers.

Charlie Proctor

COO & Outreach Manager
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Charlie Proctor

COO & Outreach Manager

Charlie works across each department of Science Creates, overseeing daily operations, processes and HR as we grow. Formally a primary school teacher here in inner-city Bristol, she is passionate about making sure all young people have access to enjoy and learn from the world around them. As a result, Charlie founded and now runs our Outreach programme. When she’s not inspiring the next generation of scientists, Charlie is outdoors, camping and exploring new places. 

Ben Roberts

Head of Marketing
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Ben Roberts

Head of Marketing

As Head of Marketing, Ben is here to run the marketing team, support Science Creates as it grows, and showcase our fantastic member companies. He brings a wealth of experience from a decade of marketing management and content publishing, He’s passionate about marketing companies that have a positive, lasting impact on the world and the people that live in it. When he’s not publishing books or recording podcasts, Ben is hitting the astroturf as a top-notch hockey player and coach.

Edda Pudner

Front of House and Events Manager
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Edda Pudner

Front of House and Events Manager

Responsible for providing the best experience to our members, staff, visitors and clients, Edda manages our events and event spaces. From a 100-person networking event to a small gathering by the terrace, she uses her expert knowledge from her degree in Business and Marketing and Level 4 diploma in Event Management, to shape perfect experiences. Edda believes that an event goes beyond the moment. It can build your businesses, no matter the size, and a good experience says more than words. 

Stevan Denning

Facilities Manager
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Stevan Denning

Facilities Manager

Stevan is the Maintenance Manager overseeing the smooth running of the maintenance department at both St Phillips and Old Market incubators. He worked as a maintenance manager in healthcare for 12 years and brings a broad range of experience with him. Outside of work he enjoys walking, running, cycling, trying lots of different sports and recently started to learn stand up paddleboarding. 

Holly Fisher

Lab Coordinator
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Holly Fisher

Lab Coordinator

Holly is committed to ensuring our incubators are run smoothly with a specific focus on helping our members with laboratory inquiries. As part of the facilities team, she also dedicates her time to building maintenance and reducing our environmental impact. Holly has a Masters degree in Conservation and Biodiversity with a specific interest in ethology and ornithology. 

Nathan Cavanagh

Maintenance Operative - Old Market
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Nathan Cavanagh

Maintenance Operative - Old Market

Nathan is our point of contact for any maintenance or facilities related operations at our Old Market Incubator. Nathan has  a NVQ/Diploma level 1,2 & 3 in Carpentry, as well as bringing multiple trade experiences from past employment. His commitment is to ensure that the Incubators stay looking tip-top and operational for the Science Creates community. In his spare time, Nathan is into his sports and outdoor activities like walking, running and cycling.

Gareth Such

Facilities Assistant - St Philips
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Gareth Such

Facilities Assistant - St Philips

Gareth is the maintenance assistant located at the St. Phillips incubator, taking charge of keeping the building and grounds operational, presentable and safe. With a varied work history from building maintenance and car restoration, to the erection of large stage structures and sound engineering at events. In his spare time, Gareth loves making music, mountain biking, woodwork projects and collecting minerals while exploring.

Abida Ali

Incubators Assistant
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Abida Ali

Incubators Assistant

Abida is the incubators assistant, working across both St Philips and Old Market. She can often be found at front desk, helping out at reception, or lending a hand to the facilities team – from big projects to little jobs, she will get the task done!  Abida is committed to keeping both buildings spick and span, and running smoothly. In her spare time, she’s a homebody who loves reading and researching to learn about things around the world.

Ginny Russell

Community & Communications
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Ginny Russell

Community & Communications

Ginny supports Science Creates and the wider ecosystem with top-notch communications, both internally and across social media, web and the press. She’s an expert science communicator, with a background in presenting, writing, design and informal education. With a degree in Oceanography and Marine Biology, and a stint as a deep-sea researcher and explorer, Ginny is obsessed with all things ocean. Outside of the incubators, she is training as a ceramacist and sculptor.

James Wooley

IT Support
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James Wooley

IT Support

Dedicated to ensuring all IT infrastructure and networking runs smoothly, James is motivated to ensure that all things IT across the Science Creates incubators remain secure and operational. With a professional background in Cloud Computing, Encryption and Digital Security practices, James is also a keen music producer with an avid interest in horticulture.

Khadijah Henry

Legal & Marketing Assistant
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Khadijah Henry

Legal & Marketing Assistant

Having studied law for six years and completed numerous marketing placements, Khadijah provides both marketing and legal support to the Science Creates ecosystem. She’s passionate about all things law and is a social media native with budding creativity, nurtured by hobbies such as front-end coding, aerial hoop and learning Esperanto. 

Emily Clements

Lead Receptionist - Old Market
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Emily Clements

Lead Receptionist - Old Market

Emily is the main point of contact for all visitors to the Old Market incubator and is here to be a friendly face, answering questions, completing admin and troubleshooting issues. Emily followed her degree in Criminal Psychology by working in luxury retail and hospitality, so is an expert at customer service. Outside of the incubator, she can be found competing as a top-level cheerleader or enjoying some musical theatre.

Ellie Sanderson

Receptionist - St Philips
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Ellie Sanderson

Receptionist - St Philips

As receptionist, Ellie is the initial point of contact for members and visitors to the St Philips incubator. She’s always happy to help and answer any queries you may have. With a degree in Forensics, she is interested in all aspects of science, especially toxicology. Outside of work you’ll find Ellie getting creative with drawing or enjoying the company of friends. 

Keith MacDonald

Chairman
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Keith MacDonald

Chairman

As Chairman of our Incubators business, Keith has supervisory responsibility for overall strategy, performance and governance. He is also closely involved in the corporate finance and legal aspects of running the incubators as well as overseeing accounting and budgeting. Keith acts as a mentor to staff and to supports our business efforts in any way he can. 

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Science Creates St Philips, Albert Road, Bristol, BS2 0XJ

Science Creates Old Market, Midland Road, Bristol, BS2 0JZ

 

Science Creates Ventures (FRN: 933134) is an Appointed Representative of Kin Capital Partners LLP “KCP”, which is authorised and regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority (FRN: 656789).

 

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