St John's Innovation Centre

St John's Innovation Centre provide early-stage, knowledge-based companies with business advice, strategic consultancy, introductions and flexible accommodation.

St John's Innovation Centre was established by St John's College, part of the University of Cambridge, in 1987 to provide early-stage, knowledge-based companies with business advice, strategic consultancy, introductions and flexible accommodation. It was the first innovation centre of its kind in Europe and has become world-renowned for its success as a business incubator. The Centre is located at the heart of the Greater Cambridge technology cluster, in which it plays a pivotal role.

The philosophy of the Innovation Centre is to provide security and flexibility to tenants, and the Centre therefore offers an easy-in, easy-out policy with renewable leases for three years and the option to break on one month's notice.

St John's Innovation Centre exists to provide a dynamic and supportive incubation environment to accelerate the growth of ambitious innovative firms in the Cambridge region.  It is privately owned and commercially managed.

Products and services

Growth Accelerator

The national Government-backed GrowthAccelerator has had an impressive first year since it was launched in May 2012 to support businesses looking to double their turnover in the next 3 years. 

Over 8,000 businesses nationally have signed up for the service, and St John’s Innovation Centre is already engaged with over 140 local companies looking to achieve this level of growth.

If you’re an ambitious business, you’re in a race for growth. You’re already good but you want to be bigger and even better.

Our aim is to help you double your business within three years. We’ll help you seize new business opportunities, open doors to the right funding, and match you with expert business coaches who have a demonstrable track record.  We can help you to boost your innovation, develop your products and grow your markets.

All businesses on GrowthAccelerator are eligible for matched funding of up to £2,000 per member of the senior management team. This grant funding is available for leadership development training designed to help owners and managers of high growth businesses build leadership skills.

Are you eligible?
You need to be a business registered in England with fewer than 250 employees and a turnover of less than approximately £40m. Just as importantly, you should have the potential for rapid, sustained growth and want to double or better within three years.

To find out more visit or call your local Growth Manager based at St John’s Innovation Centre on 01223 421325.

SJIC Training

We offer a wide range of highly effective training programmes, all designed to help you grow your business and improve the performance of your people and your teams.

For much of the training we offer you can access up to 50% reduction in costs from UK Government funding sources. We will assist you in arranging this.

Outline details of our programmes are provided here, but please contact our Training Team on 01223 909139 (or via to discuss your specific needs and pricing.

Our training services are delivered by leading experts in their fields, using the latest ideas, techniques and knowledge. They are delivered innovatively and with energy, to ensure a measurable ROI for your business.

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High Impact Training Programmes: We have established a wide range of programmes that can be delivered at short notice and will have immediate impact for your business. To find out more, click here or call our Training Team on 01223 909139.

Bespoke Programmes: If you require a training programme designed specifically for your company, covering any subject from leadership and management to specialist professional skills (marketing, sales etc), then we can help. Click here to find out more, or call our Training Team on 01223 909139.

GrowthAccelerator Workshops:  If you are an existing client of GrowthAccelerator and wish to book people onto the half-day workshops, please click here or call our Training Team on 01223 909139.

Professional & Academic Qualifications: We have partnered with highly respected organisations, such as the Cambridge Marketing College and the Institute of Leadership & Management, to offer a portfolio of qualification based training. Click here to find out more or call our Training Team on 01223 90913.

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