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Formation Zone

Formation Zone


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"I feel the location being in the University and in the city has added to my business, the office address has given a prominence to my portfolio”

Formation Zone is Plymouth University’s award winning incubation space. There is an incubator on the Plymouth Campus and one at each of the three Innovation Centres in Cornwall.

Formation Zone Plymouth

On campus the incubator is positioned in the prestigious Marine Building where it is well placed to support our key target sectors of creative industries, hi-tech, marine, environmental, advanced engineering, health and wellbeing.

We can accommodate 33 pre-start and early stage businesses with an additional grow-on office that can accommodate 3 people and allow for businesses to grow and prepare for the next stage.

We are open to anyone who can demonstrate innovation, high standards and potential for growth. You don’t have to be a Plymouth University student or graduate to apply. Formation Zone provides a vibrant and supportive environment and is perfect for those with a business idea they’d like to start and develop.

Working alongside like-minded people increases motivation and being part of the network of Formation Zone businesses may lead to supply chain and collaboration opportunities.

Formation Zone offers excellent quality support to develop a business idea and opportunities to tap into the knowledge and expertise at Plymouth University.

Formation Zone’s Connect network offers all our clients and alumni opportunities for peer support and collaboration; this includes informal evenings off campus with the aim of bringing like-minds together over a drink in a creative space.

Since 2007 Formation Zone has supported over 180 businesses to develop and grow. Starting in a dedicated business incubator like Formation Zone increases the chance of start-up success, 80% of businesses started with Formation Zone continue to thrive.

Formation Zone is the only independently accredited business incubator in Plymouth. In 2013 we were awarded the UKBI

Achievement in Business Incubation, acknowledging our best practice in business start-up support.

In 2015 Formation Zone was awarded NEF Investor in Innovations status and accredited with the NEF Award in Innovation and Knowledge Exchange.  The Manager of Formation Zone is a NEF Certified Innovation Practitioner.


There is a lift to Formation Zone and disabled parking available on Campus

Facilities & Services

Formation Zone offers a workstation in an open plan office space; this dedicated workspace makes businesses more productive and helps to separate work and home life. All workstations includes a desk, chair, pedestal storage, IP phone, broadband network and wireless, shared printer / copier / fax /scanner. Tenants can use Formation Zone as their postal address giving increased presence and profile for the business.

Experienced professional staff

The dedicated and experienced Formation Zone team are based in the office to ensure that tenants get the support and assistance required.

Business Support

As part of the ongoing support package tenants have a monthly opportunity to meet with a business advisor and work based coach. There is also the opportunity to meet with a Patent Attorney to discuss any Intellectual Property issues.

Access to meeting room facilities

Cutting edge meeting rooms providing the opportunity for businesses to meet potential clients, network with existing tenants and connect within a vibrant and collaborative business community.

Managed facilities

Access 7 days a week from 07.30-22.00, postal services, managed IP telephony and Wi-Fi in a safe secure environment





Formation Zone
2nd Floor Marine Building
Plymouth University
Drake Circus
Plymouth PL4 8AA

Contact:   Enterprise Solution
Job title:   Formation Zone
Tel:   0800 052 5600
Email:   enterprisesolutions@plymouth.ac.uk
Website:   www.formationzone.co.uk