A new international technology innovation destination, Plexal, has opened its doors to over 800 members in London, this week.
The 1.2 million square-foot complex has been designed by award winning architects, Grimshaw, to create a mini city environment. Features include an internal ‘high street’, ‘town square’, multi-media events space and spacious open and outdoor canal-side terrace to encourage business networking, inspiration and wellbeing.
Plexal focuses on driving and supporting collaboration between global corporations and startups through its dedicated corporate innovation division.
The innovation centre offers business services to startup and scaleup members such as a maker’s lab for early prototyping, innovation and accelerator programmes, on-tap professional services such as legal, marketing and accountancy, industry-leading events, community events, coaching, mentorship and entrepreneurship training.
Led by CEO Claire Cockerton, whose team created Cognicity, a smart city technology pilot programme in London Level39, Plexal aims at becoming Europe’s largest connected business campus. The initial focus for the 68,000 square foot space supports the development of products in emerging technologies including wearables, IoT, smart cities, inclusive finance, sport, fashion and health.
Cockerton says: “Plexal will become a truly unique innovation centre not only for London but the rest of the world. Our mission is to become the beating heart of inventive enterprise; connected, intelligent and dynamic – where people join forces, idea spark and new business is born. I believe we have created a first class space design to deliver this and look forward to telling the success stories of the new technology products and services that emerge from Plexal”.