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Innovate UK partners with Cleantech Innovate 2018


  • UK’s innovation agency to be headline partner for cleantech showcase
  • Greenbackers Investment Capital and Marks & Clerk also supporting event
  • Announcement of 36 companies shortlisted to present due later this week

Innovate UK, the UK’s innovation agency, will be the headline partner for Cleantech Innovate 2018, a showcase event for the most inspiring and emerging low-carbon technologies taking place at The Royal Institution in London on 20th March 2018.

The annual event offers 36 of the most promising entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch their game-changing, low-carbon innovations to over 350 active funders, corporates, support agencies and the media. Almost 100 companies have applied to present at the event, and the final shortlist of the 36 companies that have been handpicked from a highly competitive field to present is due to be announced this week.

Innovate UK, an executive non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, works with companies to de-risk, enable and support innovation. Since 2007 it has committed over £1.8 billion to innovation, matched by a similar amount in partner and business funding, helping 8,000 organisations with projects estimated to add more than £16 billion to the UK economy and create nearly 70,000 jobs.

Innovate UK will join cleantech investment specialists Greenbackers Investment Capital and international intellectual property firm Marks & Clerk in partnering with Cleantech Innovate 2018.


Michael Priestnall, Innovation Lead for the Energy Catalyst at Innovate UK, said:

“Innovate UK’s mission is to support UK businesses to realise the potential of innovation – to develop new ideas, technologies and business models, and to make them a commercial success. The low-carbon technology sector is showing enormous growth around the world as global markets create increasing business opportunities for UK cleantech innovators.

“We’re delighted to support Cleantech Innovate 2018, which shares our key mission to support emerging cleantech businesses in developing their ideas and winning funding, and we’re looking forward to seeing some of the most exciting, game-changing new technologies on show at the event.”


Charlotte Morton, Chief Executive of We Are Orchard, who are organising Cleantech Innovate 2018, said:

“We’re delighted to have Innovate UK as our headline partner for Cleantech Innovate 2018. Innovate UK have the same commitment as we do to unearthing and supporting the most exciting and innovative small businesses that will make a significant contribution to decarbonising our economy and supporting UK industry.

“We’re very much looking forward to working with Innovate UK and our other partners to showcase 36 such businesses to eagle-eyed investors at Cleantech Innovate 2018 – it promises to be a great event!”




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