GSM London Formation Zone

What is the GSM London Formation Zone?

Whether you have a new business idea or an enterprise that’s already up and running, Formation Zone can help you take it to the next level. An award-winning facility for entrepreneurs, Formation Zone gives you access to advice, information and contacts, and offers a supportive and collaborative environment in which to develop your business.

Who is the Formation Zone for?

We support start-ups and existing businesses, as well as social enterprises, right through from the ideas generation stage to launching and expanding your business. Our services are available to anybody in the GSM London Community — staff, students, alumni, local stakeholders — and we’re always interested in hearing about new ideas and opportunities in a range of sectors.

What are the benefits?

Formation Zone gives you the opportunity to meet with business advisors and mentors, plus specialists such as accountants, legal advisors, and Intellectual Property (IP) experts*.

You can also benefit from dedicated workspace for developing your ideas, as well as access to a meeting room and postal address to make your business look and feel more professional.

In addition, a series of Formation Zone events provides opportunities to make connections with other start-ups, GSM London alumni, and external business professionals.

Find out more

To find out more about GSM London Formation Zone, or to make an appointment with one of our team, drop us an email at:

Or if you’re in the area, come in and see us on the 2nd floor of Greenford Campus Monday to Thursday, or at Greenwich Campus on Friday in the Careers Zone. 

*Most of these services are free but there may be charges for more in-depth discussions.

Formation Zone Testimonials 

'Using the Formation Zone allowed me to set up partnerships that helped my business achieve sustained progression. I recommend the Formation Zone to anyone with a vision. Do not miss out on the opportunity to be a part of the GSM London Enterprise.'

Albert Mpolesha

‘The FORMATION ZONE gave me access to the professional consultation I needed to build my business. I definitely recommend the Formation Zone to other visionaries and entrepreneurs. The support and sense of accomplishment is great.'

Philip Pryce

Please contact for more information or go to for general information on how the Formation Zone model operates in the UK.

Formation Zone is an initiative of University of Plymouth and is Accredited Best Practice in Business Incubation by UK Inspire.

Startup Europe comes to the Universities (SEC2U)

GSM London, for the second year running, joined the Startup Europe Comes to the Universities (SEC2U) initiative, organized by the Startup Europe University Network (SEUN) and supported by the European Commission (Startup Europe). SEC2U is an initiative to showcase the commitment of European universities to create a strong culture of entrepreneurship and innovation within the academic community.

To strengthen the connections between the various actors in the university entrepreneurial ecosystems, the SEC2U organized simultaneous events in different universities all across Europe during the week of 23rd to 29th of October 2017.

During the GSM London event, which took place in Greenford campus on the 24th of October and Greenwich campus on the 25th of October, entrepreneurs were able to familiarize themselves with the opportunities and support available for growing their businesses. In addition, some success stories and cases of failure as a way of learning were presented as well as some networking time among the participants.

Through this cooperation, led by the GSM London Careers Service and Formation Zone business incubator, a new step towards internationalization was taken together with many other prestigious universities which are already part of the SEC2U initiative.

The major theme of the GSM London SEC2U event was:

'From Start-up to Scale-up: Helping New Business to Accelerate'

The event drew upon the research and insights of a key practitioner in the successful scaling-up of enterprises and included practical cases of entrepreneurs who have been through a recent scale-up programme in conjunction with the Formation Zone at GSM London.

The event was attended by GSM London enterprising students and alumni, local entrepreneurs, private and public business service providers and support agencies, business associations and representative organisations, local authorities, and institutions of further and higher education. A total of 64 GSM London students attended across the two events, and 18 external representatives / partners attended.

The event included:

  • Insights from the work of a European scale-up specialist
  • Inputs from entrepreneurs on key issues involved in business growth and scale-up
  • Perspectives of support organisations involved in incubation and acceleration programmes
  • Policies and initiatives required to enhance opportunities for successful start-up and scale-up, including the role of HEIs
  • Opportunity for networking and building B2B connections

Organisations who attended and supported the event included West London Business, Ealing Council, South East London Chamber of Commerce, Sage plc, Nat West Bank.

Please view a video of the event here

For any questions about the event or about the work of the Formation Zone please email us