Birmingham city centre skyline at night
Birmingham city centre skyline at night

The Climate Innovation Platform (CIP) has welcomed its first cohort of 13 SME’s focussed on driving energy technology innovation.

Supported by HSBC UK and delivered by the University of Birmingham in partnership with Energy Systems Catapult, the CIP programme will provide the SME’s with tailored packages of support to drive the commercialisation of innovative energy products and services.

Each of the 13 SMEs will have access to; business engagement, acceleration and incubation support; start‐up mentoring; market research reports; funding and investor opportunities; advice on regulations; a dedicated support team as well as incubation space at Tyseley Energy Park.

Over the two-day induction, the SMEs will receive a taster of the support available; this includes private surgery sessions to discuss the needs and challenges facing each individual business.

Professor Martin Freer, director of the Birmingham Energy Institute and Energy Research Accelerator said: “It has been a pleasure to welcome these 13 businesses on to the CIP programme. Whilst unique in the nature of their businesses, the cohort is united in its commitment to drive the development of low carbon technology solutions and we are delighted to be able to support these SME’s as they research, test and grow their innovations.

More information about the CIP programme is available online and at the Energy Systems Catapult Boosting Net Zero Innovators to success: SME Showcase.

Paul Jordan, Energy Launchpad business lead at the Energy Systems Catapult said: “We’ve selected an exciting mix of innovators for this challenge – from start-ups working in the emerging hydrogen economy and blockchain-backed green finance, through to SMEs developing cutting-edge heating, energy storage and digital platforms for improving building performance.”

“Energy Systems Catapult will be bringing our independent, whole-systems approach to support businesses with market analysis and business model innovation through to assessments on digital or investor readiness.

“We also offer unique building simulation and real-world testing to ensure system integration challenges are overcome and consumer insights captured. All of this is aimed at helping turn innovators into successful entrepreneurs.”