The Innovation Barn

The Innovation Barn is a dedicated space for Pre-trading and Start-Up Agri-Tech & Agri-Food businesses.​

The Innovation Barn is a dedicated space for Pre-trading and Start-Up Agri-Tech & Agri-Food businesses.

The Innovation Barn consists of 6 hot desks and a small breakout area, providing an inclusive environment for entrepreneurs to be a part of the wider Agri-EPI Centre innovation ecosystem of members and tenants.

With state-of-the-art facilities, this workspace aims to inspire and allow individuals at the start of their start-up journey to turn business ideas into reality.*

You can apply to be supported by a free 8-week start-up programme that captures core business topics that every entrepreneur should know. This start-up programme will be delivered in a digestible and easy to understand format, covering topics including:

You can expect speaker slots from industry experts, opportunities for break-out groups, one-to-one sessions and interactive group working sessions. Each session will be approximately 3 hours on an evening. Participants are expected to attend all sessions in person at the Midlands Agri-EPI Centre Hub.

(Midlands Agri-EPI Centre, Poultry Drive, Edgmond, TF10 8JZ)

*eligibility criteria for using the Innovation Barn applies

We are now accepting expressions of interest for the next cohort, due to start 8th May 2024.

This project is funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus