Sensor City

Sensor City is a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University and is a flagship University Enterprise Zone.

We enable industry and academic partners in a range of sectors to translate their innovative sensor concepts into commercially viable solutions.

From our purpose-built base in Liverpool we offer existing companies and budding entrepreneurs the technical expertise, business support and international platform needed to collaborate, fund and promote sensor solutions to a global market.

We are working intelligently, creatively and collaboratively to develop a connected sensor community and are making Liverpool a global hub for sensor technologies.

Creating an environment for
businesses to thrive.

Sensor City is building a dynamic and supportive community of like-minded organisations, who are taking advantage of the specialist equipment, expertise and
co-working opportunities on offer.

Sensor City helps SMEs to leapfrog from idea to prototype by offering a blend of specialist equipment, knowledge and skills in one accessible location.

Whether you’re a start-up, scale-up or established business, our on-site engineering support and rapid prototyping services will help you fully realise the potential of your ideas.

Our small business support package also includes access to purpose-built office space and hot desks, mentoring and networking opportunities, direct access to University talent – including interested academics and student placements – pump-priming support and help accessing funds. All of this is delivered in a supportive environment that aims to de-risk the development process.

Via our membership programme, we will help drive your business forward by plugging you into a collaborative community of peers, academics and other influencers.


Large companies
The innovation Sensor City fosters is essential for larger companies looking to evolve and expand.

We provide a single gateway for larger businesses wanting to identify and engage with innovative companies and universities working at the cutting edge of digital technology.

Our in-house engineering team and on site labs provide opportunities for fast tracked prototype development and creative R&D, as well as links to student talent, providing corporates with a solid return on investment and a real market advantage.


Sensor City facilitates the route to impact and provides opportunities for research collaborations between academia and industry, with many potential benefits for Universities.

These include:

  • Industrial collaborations
  • Profiling of expertise and published research to peers, industry and media
  • Participation in challenge events and accelerator activities
  • Assistance with the translation of research into commercially viable products and maximisation of research impact
  • Support for student entrepreneurs
  • Industrial placements and links for graduates
Sensor City provides an ideal arena for partners and sponsors looking to raise their company profile, meet potential customers, and benefit from intelligence provided by Sensor City’s customers.

We are seeking partners who recognise the potential for sensor technology and who want to collaborate with us in fostering and supporting the sensor and Internet of Things community. In return we can provide exclusive event opportunities, customer referrals and early insight into the latest sensor technologies.

Current Partners include Unilever, EDF Energy, Arrow Electronics and Amazon Web Services.

Corporate Partner package 

our building

Sensor City has been designed and space-planned to encourage collaboration on every level.

The high specification office and lab suites are inter-mixed with the very latest tech laboratories, hot desking suites, meeting rooms, breakout areas and events space.

The innovative design of the building means that it has many sustainable features including energy efficient chilled beams in the suites, low energy LED lighting and photovoltaic panels on the roof.

The building also allows for natural light to flow through each floor from top to bottom, whilst externally, Sensor City’s ‘Fields of Gold‘ glass cladding makes it an exciting new focal point on Liverpool’s skyline.

Our location

A short walk from Liverpool Lime Street station and at the gateway to Knowledge Quarter Liverpool.

With the city’s eclectic mix of University buildings, research facilities, libraries, museums and centres of excellence right on its doorstep, Sensor City occupies a truly unique location for learning, business development, collaboration and innovation.

Not only is Sensor City perfectly located for the Knowledge Quarter and its outstanding facilities, but it is also near the wide range of shops, bars, cafés and restaurants, which make up Liverpool’s bustling nightlife and retail and leisure offering, including Liverpool One, the UK’s largest open-air retail development.

Sensor City also benefits from excellent connectivity with links to Lime Street Railway Station and the associated underground lines, as well as access to the motorway network, including the M53, M62 and M57. Sensor City is also just seven miles away from Liverpool John Lennon Airport.

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Our partners

Sensor City is a joint venture between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, and one of the country’s four flagship University Enterprise Zones.

In 2014, the Department of Business, Innovation and Skills (now Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS) backed the project with a £5 million University Enterprise Zone status capital investment award.

This was matched with £5m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of the European Structural and Investment Fund’s Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Universities actively support Sensor City, providing the ecosystem with direct access to expert technical support as required.

Become a member

As a member, connectivity with the Sensor City ecosystem
will provide access to opportunities for co-innovation,
business growth and technological development, as well
as providing considerable reputational benefits of being
part of the Sensor City community.

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