The Future Worlds incubator is a hub of activity for aspiring university entrepreneurs, offering resident startup space, hot desks, a meeting environment and a film studio for pitch videos.
The modern office and studio, based in Building 16 on University Road, hosts one-to-one meetings with industry experts and investors from Future Worlds’ mentor network, and provides frequent networking events and workshops.
Future Worlds is a unique and vibrant startup network at the University of Southampton which helps nurture aspiring entrepreneurs and cutting-edge technologies through an ecosystem of mentors, investors, collaborators and events.
Enterprise skills can be learned and developed through workshops at the incubator and free on-campus Mentor Masterclass talks. A full calendar of upcoming events is available through Future Worlds’ Engage section.
Future Worlds’ support of startups and spinouts is not, however, part of the department’s teaching programme.
The incubator programme offers emerging student startups office space and mentoring, tying into an annual roadmap that includes SEED startup funding opportunities in November, regular Z21 Innovation Fund opportunities through the year and an on-campus Dragons’ Den competition in the spring.
Future Worlds’ film studio includes a range of video equipment that can be used on site, including specialist lighting and a variety of backdrops.
The space is dedicated to the development of startups and spinouts from the University. Researchers regularly use the space to meet business mentors and investors from the Future Worlds network who help them develop ideas springing from their work into exciting commercial opportunities.
The Future Worlds incubator lies at the heart of business and enterprise activities in Electronics and Computer Science. It helps entrepreneurs along the crucial early steps of their journey, covering everything from idea generation and business plan formulation, through to investment opportunities and scale-up strategies.
Learn more about how Electronics and Computer Science students can develop enterprise skills through our enterprise and entrepreneurship page.