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After a hugely successful 2022 that saw the opening of our breath-taking five-storey innovation centre, we’re not ready to rest just yet. Jan Gilder, STEAMhouse’s Programme Manager, tells us what the next twelve months will bring.

We started the term on 23 January by welcoming students from the School of Computing and Digital Technology to STEAMhouse.

This means our programme to deliver our vision for the region, University, students, and STEAMhouse members reached another key milestone.

We have achieved so much already, but there’s much more to come – courtesy of the ideas that will emerge when industry and students come together.


Business is booming for all

80% of the desks in our STEAMhouse Business Incubator facility, which helps emerging businesses bolster and advance their companies, are now full.

Not only that, but these businesses have created at least 11 new jobs for our students and graduates, helping them begin and advance their career.

Alongside this, we are delivering STEAM innovation consultancy, have piloted and delivered new Master’s-level courses in CDT, and we complete the EU-funded Create programme at the end of March.

We also have a range of membership packages lined up to be launched over the next few months, which includes the workshops – so keep your eyes peeled!


Hatching a plan

Last year, we introduced the STEAM Hatchery programme for final-year, Master’s and PhD students, as well as recent graduates, to turn their business ideas into a reality with the help of part of £10,000.

The Production Space is offering last year’s participants the access to support their products and services, assisting faculties with their targets to deliver employment / self-employment for students.

One of last year’s finalists, sneaker entrepreneur Rishika Bhalla, has also been nominated for a Signature Award under the category ‘Young Entrepreneur of the Year’. We’ll be keeping our fingers crossed for her!

The 2023 edition of the STEAM Hatchery is set to return on Monday 5 June, and we can’t wait for more talented students and graduates to bring their new ideas to the table. For more information, contact


Important developments in STEAMhouse

Finally, by the end of December 2023, we will have installed a Digital Innovation Hub for collaborative research and STEAM experimentation with business.

Not only that, but by then we would have also completed a commercial fit-out for part of the Second Floor to accommodate businesses that are on a waiting list to work with us. Meanwhile, the top floor will be ready for an anchor tenant to add their own finishing touches.


A centre for innovation, inspiration – and great snacks!

Last year saw the opening of our landmark STEAMhouse innovation centre.

It’s an amazing facility, offering a place for learning, as well as a space for students, graduates, staff, entrepreneurs, and small business members to flourish.

STEAMhouse is now open to those who are curious, those looking to share knowledge skills, and those looking to experience and try new things.

The café is, at long last, furnished. You don’t need an appointment to have a tea or coffee – STEAMhouse is now open for everyone to visit and I strongly recommend you come along and enjoy.


Ready to get involved?

We have a vision to inspire and bring to life ground-breaking ideas as a global leader in STEAM innovation.

What are your possibilities looking forward in 2023? If you want to talk with businesses or even bring your business contacts or ideas to STEAMhouse, get in touch.

If you want to find out more and be involved in STEAMhouse, the wider community, business collaborations and projects, visit the STEAMhouse website or give this great video a watch.