LU Inc.

We bring together ambitious entrepreneurs
working on innovative ideas.

About LU Inc.

Everything you need to launch a thriving business

LU Inc. is Loughborough University’s business incubator. We’ve made it our mission to nurture emerging innovative and ambitious businesses, bringing together the University’s academic and graduate entrepreneurs with founders from across the region and beyond to create a rich, vibrant and supportive start-up community.

We do this by providing the training, resources and connections you need to establish, grow and succeed. Our unique community offers everything from investor and collaborator connections to cutting-edge research and facilities, and a seamless transition to dedicated grow-on space in the Advanced Technology Innovation Centre at LUSEP.

LU Inc. members also become campus partners – joining a collaborative innovation community of over 80 knowledge-based companies and world-class research centres thriving alongside each other. Campus partners enjoy co-location with one of the UK’s leading universities and the wealth of services and facilities on Loughborough’s 438 acre site.

Who is LU Inc. for?

Founding a business is hard work.
Being around other people on the same journey can help.

Our community is made up of graduate start-ups, spinouts led by researchers or academic staff and founders from outside Loughborough University, looking for a vibrant start-up environment.

LU Inc. members are working on a wide range of business solutions covering many sectors, but they tend to have the following characteristics in common:

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LU Inc. testimonials


Academic Insurtech spinout

"Peer advice and business support gave us invaluable short cuts to the practicalities of business start-up, so we could focus on getting investment ready. The availability of extra space for short periods meant we could hire in extra staff to reach critical milestones. We simply wouldn’t have made so much progress without this supportive and flexible environment."

Jonathan Jackson, CEO

Exphand Prosthetics

Graduate manufacturing start-up

"The Studio (graduate start-up programme) has given me a dedicated place to work from and I'm surrounded by other people in a similar situation to myself who are launching their own businesses. It's also provided a separate place in which to keep my 3D printers and this is key to being able to prototype and continue product development."

Kate Walker, Founder


Graduate consumer electronics start-up

"Tzuka is a true Loughborough collaboration with input from the University's enterprise, engineering and sport communities. The invaluable connections LU Inc. has provided helped us succeed in raising our first investment during the Covid-19 pandemic. I couldn't have dreamed of a better launch pad. This autumn, we aim to raise further investment and grow the business in LUSEP's ATIC."

Tom Jelliffe, Founder

The Cooking Yam

Sports nutrition and recipe development

"Becoming a member of LU Inc. has given me the confidence and connections to take my business to the next level. The first 12 months after graduation was a crucial period in the development of my business, and during this time LU Inc. provided me with a dedicated workspace, access to financial support, and countless opportunities to develop my business skills."

Tiffany Afflick, Founder

Membership benefits


Fully-serviced, flexible workspace including power and superfast broadband

Network connections

Referrals and introductions across our community to help your business establish and grow

Training & Events

Events and training programmes tailored to LU Inc members

Coaching & mentoring

Leveraging University & industry support

Access to funding & innovation

R&D opportunities and help to find funding

Virtual learning

Virtual training events and resources

Campus Partner status

University expertise, services and facilities

Prime location

Outstanding access, parkland setting

Choose the membership level to meet your needs

Full Membership

Full-time access to a dedicated workstation

Associate Membership

Part-time access to a hot-desk workstation

Virtual Membership

Access to training, events, coaching and mentoring with some access to shared workspace

Interested in finding out more?

Campus partner benefits

At LU Inc. we look after all your physical workspace needs and tailor a support package to help you build a thriving new business. But we don’t stop there. LU Inc offers you so much more than a place to work.

LUSEP and the wider University campus offers a fantastic range of cafés, bars and restaurants, sport and leisure facilities for working lunches, team building and winding down and a varied programme of public lectures, masterclasses and cultural events.

LU Inc.


By providing the optimum environment for innovative early-stage businesses to thrive, LU Inc. is helping to boost skills and employment locally and accelerate the development of new services and technologies with far-reaching impacts.

So far we have supported 70+ companies and 90+ entrepreneurs to create over 100 jobs, 68 volunteers, 20+ internship opportunities.

LU Inc. Impact

Low cost, custom 3D printed children’s prosthetics

LU Inc. Impact

Unique surface water flood forecasting technology


If you have an early-stage business or would like to partner with us to support exciting new ventures to establish, grow and succeed, we’d love to hear from you.

LU Inc Contact

Pete Hitchings

Incubator Manager 1509 226982