Student and graduate entrepreneurs will be able to receive advice in the new Hallam i-Lab.
Jane Imrie

Sheffield business incubation hub launches to support entrepreneurs

A new space for student and graduate entrepreneurs has opened its doors on Sheffield Hallam University’s campus.

Hallam i-Lab was officially launched last night by Silicon Valley firm WANdisco’s CEO Dave Richards and the university’s vice chancellor Professor Chris Husbands.

The space aims to support students and graduates who are setting up their own business with collaboration and networking, as well as offering advice through workshops and one-to-one-meetings.

The launch of the space comes as the city experiences an increase in investment opportunities, including the provision of a £50m funding pot for SMEs in the region by fintech firm ThinCats.

Speaking about the new hub, Professor Sir Chris Husbands said: “I am delighted to launch the University’s new Hallam i-Lab. This exciting new space will be a hub of creativity and enterprise, supporting our budding student entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground.

“Sheffield has a thriving start-up economy and we are excited to be part of this. The launch of Hallam i-Lab demonstrates our commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and recent graduates and our determination to play a central role in boosting economic growth across the region and beyond.”

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