Hong Kong-headquartered global platform for sustainable and social innovation The Mills Fabrica is to launch a physical hub in London’s King’s Cross this June.
The launch will see the opening of three-storey Cottam House, which spans 11,383sqft and is located in the Regent Quarter. The Mills Fabrica UK will include a start-up incubator, an investment platform, high-spec labs, and a membership-driven, co-working space, alongside a curated program of cultural and industry events.
The innovation centre will also feature an open-to-the-public experiential retail space and cafe.
“We like to describe ourselves as ‘ecosystem builders’,” said Christian Layolle, head of UK at The Mills Fabrica. “As a platform, we’re able to connect the dots between various stakeholders from the startups innovating, to the corporates implementing at scale, to the NGOs and governments regulating, all the way to inspiring and helping students.”
The inaugural UK incubatees include Reflaunt, Smartzer, Colorifix and Modern Synthesis. Startups working within the ag-food tech sectors will also be invited to apply to its incubation programme.
“Over the past year it has been a pleasure to work with our various international partners in this region be it universities, retailers or other incubators and investors,” said Vanessa Cheung, founder of The Mills Fabrica.
“With this new expansion, we look forward to working with new and current partners in building out an international community of innovators and to continue to support these innovators to take their ideas to market.”