Helping your Business Fly

At Lincoln, we're dedicated to helping great business ideas get off the ground to become successful start-up enterprises. Since our award-winning Sparkhouse business incubation centre was established in 2003, it has supported more than 300 new businesses to find their feet.

Sparkhouse provides an environment that gives new businesses access to specialist support services, knowledge and facilities. Its office accommodation offers stepped rental packages with access to training seminars and workshops, networking events and a range of other business support. It can also provide virtual tenancies for new businesses that want to benefit from support services but don't need physical office space.

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Start Your Own Business

Our dedicated Business Incubation Team offers a range of services:

Mentoring, Help, and Advice
Guidance on starting your own business, from initial concept to the legal considerations of launching a new enterprise.

Business Planning
Shape your entrepreneurial idea into a workable business plan for prospective business partners or funders.

Funding and Finance
Work out cashflow, capital requirements and profit margins, and identify potential funding sources, so you can start on a sound financial footing.

Market Research
Get help with market research to refine your product or service, establish its space in the marketplace, and spot new opportunities.

Kickstart Your Self-Employed Career

Do you have an idea for a business? Do you like the idea of working for yourself? Student Enterprise at the University of Lincoln offers a wide range of support to all students and graduates looking to get started in self-employment.

Student Enterprise Website

Enterprise Building

We have collaborated with businesses that we would not have had the opportunity to work with had we not been resident in Sparkhouse. My business continues to grow and the support I’ve received at Sparkhouse has been invaluable.

Joanne Wilson, Fill The Gap Marketing

Agri-Tech Start-Ups and the Eagle Lab Farm

Located at the Riseholme campus, the Eagle Lab in Lincoln houses state-of-the-art facilities, including a robotics lab, a demonstration packhouse and a model refrigerated supermarket aisle. These are complemented by traditional facilities, including 80 beef cattle and 160 sheep to develop cutting-edge AgriTech research, and helping UK agriculture to become the most digitally enabled farming industry in the world.

Businesses based at the Eagle Lab can benefit from:

  • Co-working environments and private offices
  • Mentoring and business expertise
  • Event space and meeting rooms 
  • 3D printing
  • Makerspace
  • Potential access to funding



Starting an Agri-Tech Business?

Talk to our team and find out how the facilities and services at the Eagle Lab Farm can support your Agri-Tech business.

Get in Touch

If you are interested in finding out how the University of Lincoln could help your business or organisation, get in touch with our Research and Enterprise team and we will work with you to find a solution that's right for you. 

Research and Enterprise
University of Lincoln
Brayford Pool

UK: 0800 915 5278

International: +44 (0)1522 837200