Virtual support and networking available for creative tech start-ups during lockdown

By Anita Jaynes on 28 January, 2021

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Bath Spa University is calling out for start-ups and other local micro businesses working in the creative technologies industry to apply for its innovation hub – joining a network of innovators and entrepreneurs from the city.

The Studio at Palace Yard Mews, the first of its kind in Bath and located in the heart of the city centre, will offer free and affordable workspaces for eligible businesses once lockdown restrictions have been lifted, and act as a home for research, innovation, and enterprise, with a focus on fostering collaborations between art and technology throughout the creative industries.

A comprehensive programme of virtual support is available to residents now, including access to a supportive network of innovators and thinkers, virtual meet ups, online events and free business support advice.

The Studio has supported 28 creative tech businesses virtually throughout 2020 and into 2021 but is keen to welcome new and existing residents into the physical space after lockdown. Once reopened, the facility will offer residents access to free co-working desk space for up to 12 months, meeting rooms, breakout spaces and free workshops and events.

Case Study: Little Lost Robot – The Studio’s first resident 

Little Lost Robot is a new Community Interest Company founded by a partnership between artists Ruby Jennings and Joseph Wilk.

They are a self-described ‘arty’ robotics company with the aim of making technology humane and accessible, using tech to “create a vision of the future that is non-slick, human-centric and gloriously humane in all its messy domestic parts”. Little Lost Robot was The Studio’s first resident, joining the space in November 2019. Founder Joseph is a wheelchair user and having access to an accessible space in central Bath supported the successful development of the business. The two main projects Little Lost Robot has been working on in The Studio are Playable Spaces, which explores the way automation can aid the development of public spaces, by using soft robotics to create malleable and versatile street furniture (funded via a South West Creative Technology Network Automation grant), and Stupid Cities, a Digital Placemaking prototype (funded via Bristol + Bath Creative R+D ) which aims to improve the social equality of our cities by using placemaking tools to highlight how current urban design creates disability. Ruby also sits on the steering group for The Studio as Resident representative.

To find out more about Little Lost Robot visit:  lostrobot.org

The Studio will be a home for innovation and enterprise, as well as a hub for research in the city, with other initiatives such as The South West Creative Technologies Network (SWCTN), Bristol + Bath Creative R+D project and Paper Nations set to run from the space.

Businesses or individuals working in the creative technologies industry can apply now to occupy space at The Studio for up to a year and access the programme of virtual support. The new innovative new hub will suit the needs of small start-up businesses across the local area. To learn more and apply to become a resident, please visit: www.bathspa.ac.uk/research-and-enterprise/the-studio/.

You can watch a short video about The Studio here: