Business and innovation

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.

Our affordable, fully-serviced workspace supports entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses bringing physics-based innovation to market in any sector. We offer both fixed desks and hot desks, including:

  • Monday to Friday 8am - 8pm access
  • Superfast broadband
  • Free colour A4 printing, scanning and copying
  • Free unlimited tea, coffee and water 


Accelerator Light

  • Use of a hot desk, bookable and payable online in advance for £15, with no commitment

Accelerator Package

  • Full postal facilities at our King’s Cross address (*Note: this does not include the right to register a company or apply for credit)
  • Free booking of available meeting rooms
  • Free booking of special events in the Theatre or Gallery (170 capacity) 
  • Four days’ bookable hot desking each month
  • Unlimited use of the Accelerator Centre lounges and breakout area, no booking needed
  • Invitations to IOP networking events
  • Free IOP Accelerator business support sessions

A rolling one-month fee, capped at £35 per calendar month, payable monthly in advance.  

Super-Accelerator Package

  • Accelerator Package, plus
  • Fixed desk, for use by any member of your company
  • Dedicated, lockable storage 
  • Support from a dedicated internal Key Account Manager

A rolling one-month fee, capped at £350 per calendar month, payable monthly in advance.  

Meeting rooms are available at the IOP Accelerator Centre

The ethos

The IOP’s Business Start-Up Award winners demonstrate the diverse economic reach of physics across all sectors, from medtech to cleantech and beyond. We want to help start-ups get the next big ideas off the ground. Our affordable workspace offers entrepreneurs, micro and small businesses an attractive base flexible enough to support them in their crucial early stages of growth. 

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. To ensure affordability, fees can be negotiated in return for service in-kind to help us grow the IOP Accelerator hub and regional network. 

Who can apply?

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. Contact us if you would like a chat about whether the IOP Accelerator would suit your needs: [email protected] 

Applicants 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 

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