Tackling the climate crisis demands disruptive thinking and decisive action.
Our Innovation Accelerator is designed to help you design, develop, and refine innovative green products, services, and business processes.
It’s an integral part of our Net Zero 360 package, providing the expertise, equipment and facilities needed to transform products, services and processes for net-zero.
Embedded in three universities, we’ll help you access academic expertise, labs, and technical equipment, enhancing your capability to:
- Design and develop new ideas
- Test and refine products or services
- Validate product performance
- Identify the most effective carbon cutting technologies and process improvements for your business
- Fund your innovation mission with grant funding, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships, Innovate UK and ERDF.
Taking ideas to market
Alongside Innovation Accelerator support, our Clean Growth Fast Track programme provides commercial support to get your innovative ideas to market faster. We’ve also got a members’ portal full of helpful downloads, tips and videos on funding, IP, strategy, marketing and investment.
A few of the businesses we've helped
We connected Love Lane Brewing with academic expertise at Liverpool John Moores University to explore more sustainable ways of dealing with the waste created by their brewing process.
“This applied research has been vital for us because if we did not receive this support we would simply be guessing and we would not invest on that basis. It is interesting to see where this goes.”
Paul Seiffert, Higsons Operations Director, Love Lane Brewing
Electric bike innovators OSET Bikes took part in a Knowledge Transfer Partnership with the University of Brighton, to develop its in-house design capabilities and take a new electric trials bike to market.
“New products are the lifeblood of OSET, and the market can be very fast moving. This KTP project has brought testing and design protocols in-house, streamlined the development process and added value and science that was missing before. It has given us an edge allowing us to retain our number one position in our market.”
Ian Smith, Chief Executive, OSET Bikes
We helped Airhead test and validate the performance of their innovative face mask for cyclists at the University of Portsmouth.
“The support the programme provided for us as a start-up has been incredible – in particular, the access to laboratory testing and funding opportunities has been game-changing for the business.
Alex Smith, Co-Founder, Airhead