With over 25 years heritage and a wealth of collective knowledge and experience SJIC Global Services, part of St John’s Innovation Centre Ltd, is well placed to provide collaborative advice, support and recommendations to science parks, techno parks, incubators, innovation, entrepreneurship and intellectual property. SJIC Global Services can effectively deliver the tools and methodologies to accelerate growth, develop knowledge intensive services and provide best practice exchange.
SJIC Global Services have a team of experienced, well qualified and award winning business advisers, coaches, mentors and facilitators. The SJIC management team is nationally recognised for its expertise in business incubation, acceleration, consultancy, investor readiness and innovation and has a long track record of managing local, regional and international business support and consultancy programmes such as the Achieve More Project, Understanding Finance for Business programme and the Soft Landing Service.
Achieve More was an EU project linking clusters and overcoming challenges to Knowledge Intensive Service ventures. There were 9 delivery partners across 5 EU countries of which SJIC was the lead partner. By creating and implementing an interactive networking platform with 535 members across 49 countries (EU, Brazil, NZ, Bahrain) Achieve More was able to impact 1774 SME’s and leverage external funds of €54.4M.
Understanding Finance for Business was a free step-by-step programme run by the team at St John’s Innovation Centre (SJIC) on behalf of the East of England Development Agency (EEDA) from 2009 to 2011. Delivered by people with a wealth of experience in advising entrepreneurs, reviewing business plans and investing in early stage companies. The programme involved workshops providing an overview of different finance options and specific types of funding (grant, bank, equity etc.) enabling businesses to understand the advantages/disadvantages of different types of finance. The programme supported over 1100 businesses to raise almost £16 million in external finance and created or safeguarded 117 jobs, all of which was above the targets expected to be achieved within the programme delivery period.
The Soft Landing service is part of the international soft landing service offered through European Business & Innovation Centres Network (EBN). The service is offered at more than 200 incubators across Europe and many more across the world. It is a reciprocal arrangement amongst groups of certified first class business incubators, whereby short term business support is provided to visiting companies, with the aim of boosting their international development.
St John’s Innovation Centre was the first innovation centre in Europe to focus on supporting knowledge-based businesses and was established by St John’s College, part of the University of Cambridge.
SJIC has been granted full membership of the European Business and Innovation Centre Network (EBN) and thus became the first accredited “BIC” (Business and Innovation Centre) in the East of England, joining a network of only 10 such accredited organisations within the UK. It has been a member of the United Kingdom Science Parks Association since 1987, and a member of United Kingdom Business Incubation (UKBI) since 1999.
Over the years, numerous prominent start-ups associated with the Cambridge Phenomenon have started their careers at the St John’s Innovation Centre, including Autonomy Corporation plc who were acquired by HP in 2011 for $10 billion, Jagex Ltd who turned over revenues of £45 million in 2011, Zeus Technology Ltd acquired by Riverbed in 2011 for approximately $110 million, Owlstone Ltd who were awarded a contract by the United States Department of Defense in 2007 valued at $3.7 million, Breathing Buildings Ltd, Scientia Ltd and Datanomic Ltd recently acquired by Oracle Corporation in July 2011.