Accessible technology hub launches in East London to drive inclusive innovation for disabled people
A new accessible technology hub to drive disability innovation and assistive technology has been unveiled – the East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone (ELIEZ).
Launched by a collaboration between University College London (UCL), Plexal and Here East, ELIEZ is the first fully accessible, specially designed space for entrepreneurs and businesses leaders who are disabled, or are focused on servicing disabled people.
It will feature an innovation lab optimised for accessibility, which will accelerate the development of essential disability products and services through from idea stage to global deployment.
The zone will also coordinate the delivery of accessible innovation education, training and events.
Dr Celia Caulcott, UCL’s Vice-Provost (Enterprise), said: “We believe that universities like UCL must work together with industry, third sector and government to solve complex social, environmental and technological challenges. The East London Inclusive Enterprise Zone exemplifies the sort of sustainable, inclusive growth we might aim for in the future.
“Improving the lives of all people with disabilities is something we as a society should absolutely be striving to achieve under any circumstances. At the same time, this project has the added benefit of effectively creating new market sectors – stimulating local economies and also increasing overall productivity.”
ELIEZ is one of 20 University Enterprise Zones (UEZs) launched with a £20 million investment and delivered by Research England, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI).
Plexal is a purpose-built workspace for technology start-ups and scaleups to work, network and get advice from the professional services companies based at Plexal.
Here East is a dedicated campus for innovators and was designed as a catalyst for change for the post-Olympic East London community.