Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation, has teamed up with energy and services firm ENGIE to support projects working on the transition to clean energy.
The £4m competition will fund innovative projects that decarbonise, digitise and decentralise energy, and help achieve a sustainable transition to cleaner energy.
Successful projects will receive a combination of government grants from Innovate UK, and private investment from ENGIE. For the first time in an Innovate UK programme, the private funding will be from overseas.
The competition aims to allow organisations to form investment partnerships at an early stage. To do this, ENGIE and Innovate UK are bringing together their combined expertise in identifying promising innovations and using funding to materially change their risk profile. They will also utilise ENGIE’s expertise in identifying commercial and customer focused opportunities that are most likely to grow and make the best use of extra investment finance.
Ian Meikle, Director, Clean Growth and Infrastructure at Innovate UK, said: “We are seeking the very best of British ideas in clean growth innovation. By teaming up with ENGIE we can multiply our funding and do even more to grow the industries, businesses and jobs of tomorrow by bringing in the private sector at an earlier stage through this investment accelerator programme.”
Nicola Lovett, CEO of ENGIE UK & Ireland, added: “We are delighted to be working with both Innovate UK and ENGIE’s Paris-based New Ventures team to directly assist innovative UK companies in the clean growth sector – in areas such as renewables, energy services and e-mobility. This initiative also supports our own ambition to be a leader in making zero-carbon transition possible for businesses and local authorities.”