Sustainable Innovation

Supporting you to drive
our zero carbon future

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Sustainable Innovation connects London SMEs with University academics and expert consultants to bring new clean tech products and services to market.

With the combined £4m resources of two ERDF projects, A2i and LCLDN, participants are able to access bespoke research and development to remove the barriers to growth.

Please register your interest for our next cohort to be first to receive the Academic Collaboration application form when it goes live in April.


Staff Grants

Research & Development

Our Support

The programme is split up in to two areas: Business Support and Innovation Support. Each is designed to provide the appropriate assistance at the appropriate development stage - ensuring continuous, monitored progress.

Some elements of support are only available in certain areas. Choose the area which is right for your business.

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Business Support

We provide a range of expert-led workshops that are designed to provide individuals the knowledge and skills required to maintain and progress their business. Individuals can choose the topics which are right for them.

Areas include:

Intellectual property
Business Model Development
Financial Modelling
Funding and Investment
Building a Brand
Market Research – Understanding Your Audience
Commercialising Your Innovation
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Innovation Support


40% Subsidy on New R&D Hire
Academic Consultancy
Concept Design
Product Development
Product Feasibility Testing
Lab Experiments
Business Skills Development

Research & Development

The Built Environment

A full list of all our Research & Development can be found here

Research & Development

Our Innovation Support is provided via Research & Development collaborations with our academic staff. For Cohort 1 we have expertise in the below areas.


Hydrogen & Solar Technologies
Fuel Cells
Pollution Abatement
2D Materials
Functional Ceramics
Materials Characterisation


Internet of Things
Smart Sensors
Artificial Intelligence
Communications – 5G networks
Embedded Systems
Grid Technology

Sustainable Materials

Nanostructured Materials
Carbon Nanomaterials
Valorisation of Waste
Gas Storage (H2, CO2, CH4)
Porous Materials
Biomass Utilisation

Technology & Built Environment

Digital Architecture
Heating & Cooling
Water Systems
Energy & Resource Efficiency
Lifecycle Assessment
3D Modelling
Robotic Construction
Building Information Modelling
Adapting Existing Buildings
Construction  Material
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Without the support of SI we would not have been able to progress as rapidly as we have and would have not yet secured our IP.

Andrew Hodgson – IF.vehicles
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I felt empowered, guided, motivated and supported by very nice people who exchanged experiences.

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I left with a feeling of community and mutual support

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It's amazing to see how many great ideas people are passionate to bring to the market.

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I felt empowered, guided, motivated and supported by very nice people who exchanged experiences.

Previous Events

All Events
Building on Sustainability Bootcamp
Women in Cleantech: Product Development, Pitching and Investment
Fundraising & Investment for Sustainability SMEs
Webinar - Zoom
Legal & Governance Sprint for Tech SMEs
Webinar - Zoom
Financial Modelling for Tech SMEs

Business Support

For entrepreneurs looking to develop their knowledge and skills.
Expert-led workshops
Business support
Monitored progression
Apply now

Innovation Support

For businesses ready for Research & Development to deliver a new sustainable product or service.
Academic consultants
Product design
1-2-1 consultancy
Evaluate concepts
Prototype development
Secure Investment
Apply now