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IOP Accelerator

IOP Accelerator offers 1,000 square feet of co-working and private office space in our brand new building in the heart of King’s Cross and London’s Knowledge Quarter.

Meeting rooms are available at the IOP Accelerator Centre

IOP Accelerator is our affordable, fully serviced workspace in King's Cross, offering both fixed and hot desks to entrepreneurs, and micro and small businesses. 

We want to help start-ups get the next big ideas off the ground by providing an attractive base that is flexible enough to support them in their crucial early stages of growth, whilst helping them to capitalise on the wealth of our network, business knowledge and skills training.  

Capitalise on the wealth of the IOP’s network, business knowledge and skills training – help us create a dynamic, inclusive ecosystem connecting innovators in science, technology and engineering across all regions of the UK and Ireland. 

IOP Accelerator is open from Monday to Friday, 8am-6pm. 

IOP Accelerator packages

Package nameAcceleratorSuper-Accelerator
Cost£80/month (per seat)£2K/month (4-desk, fully-serviced office)
Hot desk4 days/monthNo
Fixed deskNoFull month
Superfast broadbandYesYes
Free colour A4 printing/scanning/copyingYesYes
Free unlimited tea / coffee / waterYesYes
Unlimited access to the breakout areaYesYes
Full postal facilities at our King’s Cross address*YesYes
Discounted booking of available meeting roomsYesYes
Invitations to IOP networking eventsYesYes
Invitations to IOP Business BriefingsYesYes
Lockable storageYesYes

*This does not include the right to register a company or apply for credit

Our Accelerator Companies

“For companies involved in physics research and development, I would wholeheartedly recommend the IOP Accelerator Centre. Being part of the IOP network, being in such a great location and having the support of the IOP business and innovation team in the same building has been a huge support.” 

Hira Virdee, Founder and CEO, Lumi Space 

Our current and former residents work in a variety of sectors across industry, and have included:


AEGIQ is a spin-out company building on over two decades of quantum photonics research at the University of Sheffield. Its proprietary iSPS technology offers a deterministic source of indistinguishable single photons which enables new capabilities across quantum secure communications, photonic quantum computing and imaging.

Find out more about AEGIQ

Applied Quantum Computing

Applied Quantum Computing has been formed to assist companies to take advantage of the potential offered by quantum computing. They offer consulting and technical advisory services to organisations looking to learn about and apply quantum computing approaches to business problems. They concentrate on the use of quantum optimisation techniques to help provide better solutions, with a particular focus on the finance and healthcare sectors.

Find out more about Applied Quantum Computing

Aquark Technologies

Aquark Technologies is a cutting-edge start-up in quantum technologies that promises to radically enhance our ability to sense, measure and compute through a break-through, low-cost, low-power module of ultra-cold atoms based on a unique method for cooling and trapping atoms without the need of a magnetic field.

Find out more about Aquark Technologies

Cerca Magnetics

Cerca are a start-up company who design, build and supply medical imaging equipment. They use quantum technology and state-of-the-art field control to image human brain function. Cerca were launched in late 2020, are backed by the University of Nottingham and Magnetic Shields Limited and employ six staff in the UK.

Find out more about Cerca Magnetics

Lumi Space

Lumi Space is building the world's first global, commercial satellite laser ranging (SLR) service. Their ultra-high-precision space situational awareness (SSA) products enhance space domain awareness, satellite characterisation, orbit determination and prediction, and attitude monitoring.

Find out more about Lumi Space

Quantum Base Alpha

Quantum Base Alpha is a start-up that is conducting research and development on using quantum inspired algorithms to solve critical issues facing humanity. Their first project is tackling aircraft carbon emissions at London Gatwick Airport by optimising existing flight path algorithms using Quantum inspired techniques.

Find out more about Quantum Base Alpha

Quantum Exponential

Quantum Exponential is assembling a portfolio of potential investments in leading Quantum technology companies around the world, and has a team of experts with unparalleled market knowledge and access so as to establish, maintain and keep developing a global lead in Quantum portfolio management.

Find out more about Quantum Exponential


Quentangle is a cutting-edge start-up specialising in quantum security and quantum software. The team consists of computer scientists, physicists and software engineers with more than 25 years of collective experience in quantum computing and quantum communication/cryptography. Their aim is to accelerate commercial adoption of quantum technologies through the use of advanced modelling/analysis software and solutions.

Find out more about Quentangle


To apply, you must: 

  • be working on bringing physics-based innovation to market in any sector  
  • be a small or micro business incorporated in the UK or Ireland; OR 
  • an entrepreneur with the right to live and work in the UK or Ireland  

You may be a recent university graduate looking to transition from an incubator to your first office. You may be a high-growth potential enterprise in the UK or Ireland looking for a London foothold. You may be an entrepreneur with an early-stage idea or looking to spin out an established service or product.  

To discuss whether IOP Accelerator would suit your needs please email [email protected].

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