Article Source: Future Worlds

Electronics executive Sir Robin Saxby has officially opened the new Future Worlds Accelerator Space alongside state-of-the-art student project laboratories in Electronics and Computer Science.

The opening represented the culmination of a six-month renovation project and a multi-million pound investment by the University of Southampton, to transform Buildings 1 and 16 on Highfield Campus into inspirational facilities for students and entrepreneurs.

Sir Robin Saxby, the first Chief Executive Officer of global technology giant Arm, praised the investment in front of industry partners and university stakeholders yesterday, before delivering a motivational seminar for a select group of University entrepreneurs.

Sir Robin said: “I am delighted and honoured to be opening these new facilities, which bring together the best technologists with employers. Entrepreneurship with technology are key ingredients for tomorrow’s engineers to be able to solve some of the world’s most pressing problems. I wish the next generation all the best in their future careers.”

The Future Worlds Accelerator Space will host startups from across the University as part of its accelerator programme, enhancing the already-vibrant culture of entrepreneurship being developed on campus.

Reuben Wilcock, Future Worlds Director, said: “This new space, which will house up to 15 resident startups, has been designed to be the perfect environment for University of Southampton entrepreneurs to change the world with their ideas. We’re excited to see these ambitious plans become a reality, where our wider network will benefit from startup talks, workshops and investor pitching opportunities. Our first startup cohort is settling in and are set to springboard on to great things from this dazzling new facility.”

The Accelerator Space forms one component of the Faculty Innovation Hub in Engineering and Physical Sciences.

Professor Bashir Al-Hashimi, Dean of Faculty, Engineering and Physical Sciences (FEPS), said: “After months of hard work by many dedicated colleagues from across the University, I am delighted that these new state of the art teaching, learning and innovation hub facilities are ready to open. The facilities have been designed to enable creativity, team work and entrepreneurship and I am certain, students and staff alike will benefit.”

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