There is already a substantial network of incubators and business support systems in place to assist cleantech businesses in and around the capital. A list of those that we are aware of is provided below.
In addition to this network, LCC has implemented two specific initiatives to supplement the existing services and these are the Mentoring Programme and the Meet the Buyer Programme. The Mentoring Programme is a free service which seeks to bring together experienced professionals who are willing to assist early stage cleantech businesses with such organisations who are looking for assistance.
The Meet the Buyer Programme is a series of events that bring businesses with sustainable solutions into direct contact with the sometimes rather elusive main contacts at potential customers who are major purchasers of sustainable solutions. These companies include facilities management companies, construction and refurbishment businesses, international energy and resource groups and many more.
Incubators and support service networks in and around London to assist early stage companies and those seeking support in achieving their growth aspirations:
EcoMachines Incubator (http://www.ecomachinesincubator.com)
EcoMachines Incubator is the UK’s first seed funding Incubator focused exclusively on the high-value manufacturing and advanced engineering space. The primary market focus is on the Automotive, Powergen, Renewables and Industrial efficiency spaces. EcoMachines Incubator also provides:
• Seed funding of up to £100,000 for companies entering the Accelerator programme
• A 9 month Accelerator programme specifically designed for hardware/advanced manufacturing start-ups
• Potential follow-on funding of up to £500,000 for successful Accelerator graduates
• Access to a truly global industrial and investor network including in key emerging economies
• Access to a strong mentor and investor network
• Access to specialist software, equipment, laboratory and workshop space through our industry partners
• Support in accessing UK and other grant sources
We are open for applications for the Accelerator programme starting in November 2013!
Rushlight Incubator (http://www.rushlightevents.com/entrepreneur-business-support/)
This is a virtual incubator that provides advice and specific strategic direction with regard to becoming investor-ready and in achieving a successful route to market.
We are a charity that fills empty commercial space with early stage entrepreneurs who have limited capital but UNLIMITED IDEAS. We create shared workspaces in empty commercial property space, give our early stage entrepreneurs heavily subsidised desk space (a ‘home’ for their business) and endless learning & support opportunities so that they can become self-supporting and, we hope, go on to become job creators.
London Metropolitan Accelerator (http://www.accelerator-london.com/)
Accelerator is a specialist business incubator in Shoreditch, the heart of London’s ICT and digital media community. We specialise in business development programs for high value, innovative, growing businesses in information and communication technology, interactive media, e-learning and design.
Imperial Innovations (http://www.imperialinnovations.co.uk/ventures/incubator/)
The Imperial Incubator is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, providing office and laboratory space for early-stage companies. The two-storey 24,000 foot Incubator facility contains 12 laboratories, 22 offices, meeting rooms and break-out areas. This state of the art premises is conveniently located in South Kensington, Zone 1, making it an ideal location for commuters.
London City Incubator (http://www.city.ac.uk/for-business/business-services/london-incubator)
The London City Incubator (LCI) helps early-stage high-growth start-up businesses to prepare for investment. We accelerate the launch of innovative products and services into the market by engaging Cass Business School’s MBA and other LCI Associates who have the necessary technical and commercial skills and the potential to become the managers and directors of the future.
Level 39 Canary Wharf (http://level39.co/)
Level39 at Canary Wharf: Europe’s largest accelerator space for finance and retail technology start-ups. Level39 is a sophisticated office, event and social space that will allow companies to create, test and market their products to some of the world’s largest and most influential technology buyers, investors and mentors. The aim is to fuse London’s finance and technology sectors, enhancing London’s position as the digital capital of Europe and transforming the financial services sector for the better.
London Bioscience Innovation Centre (http://www.lbic.com/)
The London BioScience Innovation Centre (LBIC) provides a focus for life sciences activity in the UK capital, offering laboratory and office facilities of an exceptionally high standard and a professional front door that cannot fail to impress. Owned by the prestigious Royal Veterinary College, LBIC is home to over 40 biotechnology and life science companies in central London, including small start-ups and more established players.
The Trampery (http://thetrampery.com/)
The Trampery was Shoreditch’s very first shared workspace, founded by technology entrepreneur Charles Armstrong in 2009. It expanded to its Bevenden Street site in 2011 which is now home to 20 of London’s hottest technology businesses, with a total of 60 people plus a 2,500sqft event space hosting a variety of conferences, press launches and receptions. Further buildings are opening in London during 2012-13.
Innovation Warehouse (http://www.innovationwarehouse.org/)
Innovation Warehouse brings together entrepreneurs, investors and innovators. Our locations provide co-working, shared office space and access to startup growth accelerator programmes such as seed funding, angel investing, mentoring and events. Members are actively mentored and encouraged to innovate and grow. Business growth is the most important focus for the Innovation Warehouse. Co-working, permanent offices, events, mentoring and investment are all geared to help you grow. You can attend events, become an individual co-working member, join the Hive as a startup and even be invested in by our network of Angel investors.
Hub Westminster/ Islington/ King’s Cross (http://kingscross.the-hub.net/)
The HUB is about the power of innovation through collaboration. We believe there is no shortage of good ideas to solve the issues of our time. But there is an acute lack of collaboration and support structures to help make them happen. The HUB was founded to address this need. HUB King’s Cross is part of this global network of spaces and that combine the best of a trusted community, innovation lab, business incubator and the comforts of home. Spaces with all the tools and trimmings needed to grow and develop innovative ventures for the world. But above all, spaces for meaningful encounters, exchange and inspiration, full of diverse people doing amazing things. The idea has been spreading like wildfire and resulted in the emergence of a global movement. To date, there are 25+ open HUBs and many more in the making, from London to San Francisco, Johannesburg, Melbourne and Sao Paulo.
Tech City Campus (http://www.campuslondon.com/)
Campus is a co-working space in the heart of East London’s Tech City that’s powered by Google to offer startups the tools they need to succeed. Think seven floors of flexible work space, free high-speed internet and support to fuel your ideas, from mentoring programmes to networking events and much more. Whether you’re a London-based startup or passing through the city, Campus is the place for you.
The WestFocus Entrepreneurship Centre aims to give students from the WestFocus member universities the skills and confidence to pursue their entrepreneurial goals. Our programmes are open to students from all disciplines. The successful Bright Futures course uses a combination of practical sessions and input from experienced, real-life entrepreneurs to educate and inspire students. This course shows how important entrepreneurial skills are, and how easy they can be to learn and adopt. Our Bright Ideas competition allows students to develop their business ideas and offers the opportunity to win up to £1,000 cash.
Bethnal Green Ventures (http://bethnalgreenventures.com/)
Bethnal Green Ventures is an accelerator programme for technology startups working on things that matter. Twice a year, we select a group of very early stage companies and provide them with £15,000 of investment and a three month programme of support based in central London.
East London Small Business Centre (http://www.goeast.org/)
We are a London-based, not-for-profit support agency for small businesses. We are committed to helping anyone who wants to get started in business unlock their entrepreneurial talent. And we support existing businesses to grow and prosper. East London Small Business Centre is the oldest surviving business support agency in the UK. Every year we help 300 new businesses to start up. We invest in training for over 1,000 people, and we lend 2 million in funds to entrepreneurs to start-up or expand. For five east London boroughs; Tower Hamlets, Newham, Havering, Redbridge, Barking and Dagenham as well as the City of London, we’re the first port of call for people to gain comprehensive business support, access to finance and one-to-one advice about every step of the business journey. Additionally the introduction of some pan-London programmes has enabled us to support businesses across London in the last couple of years.
HBV Enterprise (http://www.hbv.org.uk)
We’re an Enterprise Education Charity based in Hackney, which is London’s poorest borough. Hackney is changing for the better, however some people need a helping hand, because the borough is also the number 2 most deprived area in the country. We teach people about enterprise because it gives them new skills and better chances. They become more employable, and some go on to start and grow their own successful businesses, creating jobs along the way. We also help local people finance and grow their businesses, which stimulates the local economy. Over each of the last 5 years, we have on average:- • Answered 5,370 individual enquiries • Delivered 1,339 advice sessions • Given 769 days of training to local people. Since starting our Finance Service, we have levered over £13.2 million of finance into local small businesses, creating and preserving 1,086 jobs. HBV Enterprise has also helped at least 1,615 businesses to start up, and create 2,313 jobs.
The Bakery London (http://www.thebakerylondon.com)
If you’re a tech company ready for revenue, if you need a trial with a global brand, access to millions of customers, and the best marketing and creative expertise then you should get in touch. Whilst other accelerators mainly offer access to investment and mentoring, The Bakery offers access to markets, client contracts and revenues, working directly with some of the world’s biggest brands and their agencies. We are looking for the most amazing technology companies in the world, who can help our brands and agencies solve their marketing challenges with great technology.
London Innovation Centre (http://www.linnoc.net/)
The London Innovation Centre consists of two separate companies: London Innovation Consultants Limited and London Innovation Angels Limited. The London Innovation Centre works with both established and early stage companies. Our services for established companies include IMP³rove, developed by the EU Innova Programme, which allows benchmarking of a company’s innovation management performance against a database of similar companies in Europe. Our services for early stage companies are delivered through our sister company, London Innovation Angels, which provides assistance with funding.
Business Extra http://bizextra.biz/
Biz Extra is a not for profit enterprise agency set up to provide enterprise support services in Southwark. It sets out to help both existing business and start-up business.
As one the UK’s most active supporters of small businesses, GLE Group is a leading provider of services, products and investment in business accommodation, finance for business, enterprise development and consultancy services. GLE brings innovative and commercial approaches to economic growth, unlocking the potential of growing businesses and communities. GLE Group provides a range of financial products to unlock the potential of businesses and organisations across the UK, including grants, loans, cash flow and equity finance. The group annually provides more private equity and venture capital to UK SMEs than any other investor in the sector, as well as supporting small and start-up businesses through loans and cash flow finance.
GLE’s equity finance service is provided through YFM Venture Finance and YFM Private Equity http://www.yfmep.co.uk/, which are both Financial Services Authority-regulated investment businesses.
Thames Innovation Centre http://www.thamesinnovationcentre.com/
The business accommodation is second to none providing for both new and growing businesses, with everything from virtual office deals and hot-desk facilities, to a wide range of impressive studios and conference rooms. All are fully serviced and connected to our lightning fast broadband. Welcome to Thames Innovation Centre (TIC for short) – a Hi-Tech business hub with personality. We all know it’s good to talk, and at the TIC we like to talk business. With a team of resident consultants offering business support, we are always ready to help entrepreneurs, managers and directors move their enterprises forward. Whilst others may have stopped providing support to businesses, we are still going strong – often providing free support, mentoring and training to organisations large and small.
Wessex Social Ventures http://wessexsocialventures.com
At Wessex Social Ventures we help build ideas and projects into sustainable social businesses. The ideas and projects we work with focus on giving people the tools to help themselves. In other words, not just focusing on impact but creating true empowerment, through sustainable business. Wessex Social Ventures brings together expertise from various social organisations, corporates and an experienced advisory team to form a network committed to using their individual skills to accelerate social businesses that create significant social benefit.
The Exchange http://exchange.climate-kic.org
The Exchange works by listing inventions on one central web platform where entrepreneurs can search by subject areas. If they find an invention they like, they can use the platform to start a dialogue with the inventor. After ‘matching’ on the Exchange platform, the new partnership can submit a priority application to join the Climate-KIC Accelerator, a unique business incubator programme that includes coaching, office space, masterclasses and up to €95,000 of seed funding. The Accelerator is intended to develop young start-ups into investable businesses.