Tech companies moving to the North East can enjoy access to an outstanding portfolio of physical space and technical support for new and growing businesses. These facilities offer office accommodation, innovative hubs and a wide range of specialist business support.
Key facilities ready to support immersive technology businesses include:
PROTO in Gateshead is Europe’s first dedicated centre for emerging technologies. Its world-class facilities include a motion capture studio, sound stage for digital content creation and a photogrammetry rig to create 3D models. Local tech companies get cost-effective access to kit, studio space and expertise to create and test new immersive experiences.
The North East Tees Valley Immersive Lab gives businesses the chance to experience immersive technology – such as augmented reality, virtual reality and mixed reality – first-hand to improve the impact and efficiency of the technology and to educate them on the value of adopting immersive technologies. Academic and research institutions also work with the lab to advise industry on opportunities for market growth.
In early 2021, Gateshead will open an Immersive Incubation Hub to support start-up games and immersive technology companies. It will provide funding to access specialists, community and in-house consultants and connect businesses to leading companies such as Apple, Epic, Steam and publishers, as well as providing desk and office space.
National Innovation Centre for Immersive Technology is an ambitious project that will create commercial workspace, research and development lab space, plus an immersive visitor attraction centre.
TusPark, located close to Newcastle Central station, is a city centre incubator with connections nationally and internationally that offers its members access to office space, workshops and a network of fledging entrepreneurs.