The Catalyst on Campus East is a building designed to support the growth and development of early stage companies in the creative, IT, digital and media sectors. It is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.
The Catalyst will give new businesses the opportunity to access the facilities and the teaching and research expertise of the University’s academic departments, including Computer Science, Law and Management and the Theatre, Film, Television and Interactive Media.
York Science Park Ltd will lease and manage the building. The Catalyst will provide networking and collaboration opportunities for its occupants, plus a range of specialist business support services dedicated to assist early stage businesses.
As well as office space, the Catalyst will provide a range of meeting spaces available for use by both internal and external organisations.
The University has been fortunate in securing some £17.5 million from the European Regional Development Fund in Yorkshire and the Humber. The funds, managed through Yorkshire Forward, provide £15.5 million for capital development on Heslington East and a further £2 million supporting two University biodemonstrator research projects. The investment forms a critical part of a major £19.4 million infrastructure project sponsored by Science City York, enhancing links between York's world-class science base and industry.