About Us

Formation Zone is Plymouth's only accredited award-winning business incubator

A haven for start-up businesses in the heart of Plymouth


An initiative of the University of Plymouth, Formation Zone is the hub for starting innovative businesses in Plymouth, with nearly ten years’ track record and expansion into more sectors and locations. Browse through our website to find out more about our expertise and the difference we’ll make for your start-up business.

Formation Zone is run by the Research & Innovation directorate at the University of Plymouth. Providing research and expertise to facilities and business support, gain access to an extensive and valuable range of resources and opportunities.

A strong track record

We support start-up, innovative businesses by providing a place where they can access the professional advice and supportive environment needed to thrive.

As part of the University of Plymouth, our business clients are able to tap into the knowledge and expertise of our students, staff and researchers, and many also recruit our talented graduates.

Formation Zone has supported over 200 businesses and has helped to create high value jobs right here in Plymouth. Starting in a dedicated business incubator like Formation Zone increases your chance of start-up success.

Almost 80 per cent of businesses started with Formation Zone continue to thrive; an impressive statistic considering that nationally almost 60 per cent of business fail to survive their first five years.

Formation Zone in a nutshell

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  • professional, vibrant workspace
  • your own desk
  • increased presence and profile
  • meeting rooms included
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  • excellent quality, award-winning support
  • peer support keeps motivation high
  • experienced management team
  • University of Plymouth knowledge & expertise
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  • work alongside like-minded entrepreneurs
  • potential for collaboration
  • growing network of FZ alumni
  • network events and socials

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