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 & Director
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Dr Harry Destecroix

Founder & Director

Harry is the founder of the Science Creates ecosystem and Managing Partner of SCVC – the official venture capital arm of our ecosystem. 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 CEO
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Charlie Proctor

COO & Outreach CEO

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 Science Creates Outreach – our STEM education charity. When she’s not inspiring the next generation of scientists, Charlie is outdoors, camping and exploring new places. 

Francis Lister

Head of Innovation and Partnerships
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Francis Lister

Head of Innovation and Partnerships

Focused on all things Innovation and Partnerships, Francis brings a wealth of experience gained from multiple roles across research, VC, funding and deep tech startups. Originally an organic chemist, Francis works on various projects including, scientific outreach for young adults, brewing, drumming and fermentation in his free time.

Paula Cardwell

Head of Finance
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Paula Cardwell

Head of Finance

Paula, a chartered accountant, brings a wealth of experience in financial management and corporate finance and will be heading up the finance team at the Science Creates ecosystem, supporting it as it grows at pace. Outside of work she can mostly be found in her allotment, where she grows a variety of produce, including flowers. Having lived in Bristol for many years, she is also passionate about the wider Bristol community and is a Trustee of Bristol Charities, a charity which primarily provides social housing for the elderly residents of Bristol.

Patrick Fallon

Head of Developments
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Patrick Fallon

Head of Developments

Patrick is a founding team member of Science Creates and an award-winning ARB registered architect with 10 years of experience. He delivers projects that balance high-quality design, user experience, cost and sustainability, working at all stages of the project lifecycle, from business case, planning, and architectural design to marketing and facilities management.

Edda Pudner

Head of Events
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Edda Pudner

Head of Events

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. 

Lucy McGowan

Innovation Manager
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Lucy McGowan

Innovation Manager

Lucy completed a Ph.D and postdoc in Molecular Cell Biology and has extensive experience in science communication. Within Science Creates, Lucy uses her passion for biology and scientific community building to oversee the successful delivery of the accelerator programme and support the growing deep tech ecosystem in Bristol.

Aida de Heras

Science Communications Lead
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Aida de Heras

Science Communications Lead

With a background in Science Communication, Aida brings a wealth of experience supporting science, innovation and technology-focused organisations in reaching a variety of audiences. At Science Creates, she will continue to shout from the rooftops about the growing deep tech community’s mission and achievements. Outside of work, Aida is all about long runs, bikepacking and even some ultradistance bike racing.

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

Laboratory and Sustainability Manager
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Holly Fisher

Laboratory and Sustainability Manager

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. 

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.

Katie Ellis

Front of House Supervisor
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Katie Ellis

Front of House Supervisor

Katie comes from a Front of House, Hospitality, background in the UK and Spain where she lived for 9 years.  Within Science Creates you’ll mainly find her at the Old Market reception welcoming and assisting members and visitors, or helping with events.  In her spare time she likes to explore near & far with her partner and two young children, renovate their home and relax through yoga & cooking as she has a love for, and interest in, good food.

Khadijah Henry

Marketing Coordinator
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Khadijah Henry

Marketing Coordinator

As a social media native with budding creativity nurtured by hobbies such as front-end coding, aerial hoop and travelling, Khadijah provides digital marketing support across the Science Creates ecosystem. Her skill set includes copywriting, graphic design, photography, social media management and email marketing. 

Lily Read

Executive Assistant
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Lily Read

Executive Assistant

Lily boasts a well-rounded skill set in organisation, administration, and logistics, cultivated through diverse roles—from coordinating festivals and events to managing office and operations for SMEs. As a key support figure for the team and CEO, Lily has rapidly become the office’s primary resource for all administrative matters, showcasing her dynamic capabilities.

Sapphire Lipinski

Executive Assistant
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Sapphire Lipinski

Executive Assistant

An Executive Assistant based at both St Phillips and Old Market, Sapphire provides support to the Science Creates team and our COO, Charlie Proctor. With a background in law and academia, Sapphire brings with her a wealth of organisational and problem-solving skills. In her spare time, Sapphire enjoys running, attending music festivals and exploring different cuisines.

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.

Elena Andruhiv

Receptionist - Old Market
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Elena Andruhiv

Receptionist - Old Market

As the Receptionist of our Old Market incubator, you will find El ready to welcome and assist all visitors and members at the reception with a warm smile. She has a background in the fashion industry and beyond the walls of Science Creates, she can be found at an art gallery in front of timeless pieces by Rembrandt or Caravaggio, strolling through nature or enjoying a quiet moment with her two cats.

Abida Ali

Receptionist - St Philips
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Abida Ali

Receptionist - St Philips

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.

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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