Innovate UK is looking for innovative SMEs in Mobility, Sustainability or Housing to start conversations with UK Local Authorities about the part innovative tech can play in addressing these challenges.

Events will take place across five UK cities – Bristol, Nottingham, Exeter, Cardiff and Derry.

Innovate UK’s Domestic Missions pilot programme aims to encourage UK Local Authorities and SMEs to share learning and insights about the nature of urban challenges and the potential benefits of new technology, products and services. Experts will also be on hand to present information about local government procurement processes, and routes to access funding to develop and test innovative technologies.

Please register your interest if you would like to take part in the programme.  If you’re selected, Innovate UK will invite you to kick-off events in the cities mentioned above.

Key themes

Here’s a taster of the sorts of capabilities they’re looking for:

Climate change and renewable energy
Technologies in the renewable energy sector, particularly relating to retrofitting, waste management and reducing city users’ CO2 emissions.

Housing and homelessness
Innovations centred around homelessness and affordable housing solutions.

Smart grid
Smart grid technologies suitable for a city environment.

Cars – parking and electric vehicles
Technologies around electric vehicles, and also car parking in city centres.

Live music
Innovators who have technologies related to live performances and promotion of city events.

Sourcing food locally
Technologies that can encourage the sustainable sourcing of local produce.

More information

  • Successful SMEs expressing an interest will be invited to a business preparation workshop and then to participate in events in the suitable city or cities. You must commit to both of these elements.
  • Expressions of interest are welcome from SMEs anywhere in the UK. If you are local to any of the cities mentioned above, that is great, but will not guarantee selection to take part in the pilot events.
  • Selection will be based on suitability of an SME to address a need, to learn from the experience, and to help the city authorities understand the potential of innovative technologies to address their challenges. At this stage this is not an opportunity to pitch or sell a specific solution, but is rather a chance to learn more about city challenges and to help authorities see how innovative technology might have a role to play in solving those challenges.
  • If you are selected, Innovate UK will reimburse your (standard class) travel costs to attend the event.