Interested SMEs should complete the below form, which allows us to capture your contact details and check eligibility. You will then be asked to complete the 'Academic collaboration Application Form' to help us understand your technical requirements and challenges.
Applications will be assessed as they are received. SMEs will be invited for scoping meetings on a first come, first served basis.
To get access to all that Sustainable Innovation has to offer you must:
Sustainable Innovation connects London SMEs with University academics and expert consultants to bring new clean tech products and services to market.
Our cohort structure provides sustainable businesses the access to the expertise, facilities and support they require to succeed. Participants get the appropriate support for their stage of development.
The fixed timeline enables SMEs to understand what they will receive, what is required of them, and what progress they will have made upon completion.
Applications are due before 11.59PM on Sunday 30th of May. They will then be processed by our team and all applicants notified of their status.
By this point all applicants will be informed whether they have been successful or not. If unsuccessful they will be given advice on how to prepare their business for the next round of applications.
Members will have already received their welcome pack and been added to the community Slack channel. Meetings, events and academic collaborations will commence.
Once the programme ends members will be able to join our Alumni Slack channel so that they can continue to network with their peers and get access to news and funding opportunities.
A good leader is as valuable to a business as a good product or idea. Throughout participation you will have opportunity to meet with subject matter experts and gain the benefit of their experience.
Throughout the programme you will meet with the Sustainable Innovation Team to discuss your progress through the programme.
The cohort culminates in a showcase event in which members will have the opportunity to present their business, as if to a panel of investors.
It enables participants to expand their network as they graduate from the programme and generate momentum towards their business goals.
Members will be able to join the cohort Slack Channel, providing them the opportunity to connect with each other and seek out collaboration and feedback where appropriate.
Without the support of Ben and LSBU numerous opportunities to display our prototype to industry experts would have been missed, which would have had a negative effect on the securing of the IP.
Our involvement has helped If.Vehicles receive investment of £750,000, and to secure collaboration meetings with Royal Mail and the Department for Transport (DfT).
As part of the application process, businesses can propose projects with experts from the schools of Engineering and the Built Environment. This project should help them to further develop their product, conduct an independent evaluation, and support their progress towards launching to market.
If you have a design prototype and would like to support to develop a MVP, or you already have a MVP and are ready to start independent testing, then we are able to assist.
We offer a wage subsidy for a new R&D hire, to help accelerate your product/process development goals.
Kyle's experience of bio-electrochemical systems has enabled WASE to redevelop existing designs and build new and more efficient systems.
WASE utilised our 40% staff subsidy offer to hire Kyle Bowman, a bio-electrochemical engineer. With Kyle's expertise and the company's increased capacity, they have significantly accelerated development.
We understand the issues of webinar-fatigue, that's why we've shortened our sessions to ensure you get the same content in less time.
We provide regular contact and feedback sessions so that you can consistently progress despite Covid-19.
Research and development projects are still proceeding in a Covid-safe environment.
Companies can be at a variety of stages in product development and benefit from the wide range of expertise and support available through the programme.
Companies that have a product or solution that is well-defined, i.e. MVP, and are ready to start user testing or building their evidence base are likely to benefit the most from collaborative research and development with LSBU academics as part of the programme.
If you apply and are unsuccessful in joining the cohort we will provide feedback to support you in future application, as well as signposting to potential areas of support to help you develop.
We expect you to actively engage with all of the support available through the cohort. This will typically equate to around 6 hours per month and applicants will need to dedicate additional time to work on any actions set to them via one-to-one support.
A2i and LCLDN are part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and London South Bank University (LSBU). All support is provided under Article 28 Innovation Aid to SMEs, and does not affect your de minimis allowance.