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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. This has become an integral part of the Rushlight Show through the Sustainable Solutions Market Panel.
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.ecomachinesventures.com)
EcoMachines Ventures 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 with a mission to make starting a business affordable, accessible and supported for ALL and to ensure the skills required to become an entrepreneur are an integral part of education. We do this in 3 ways:
3. Inspiring the next generation: We offer students unprecedented access to startups, improving their employability and understanding of opportunities beyond education.
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 White City Incubator (http://www.imperialincubator.com)
The Imperial Incubator is a hub for innovation and entrepreneurship, providing office and laboratory space for early-stage companies. The two-storey 18,000 square foot Incubator facility contains 10 laboratories, 12 offices, meeting rooms and break-out areas. This state of the art premises is conveniently located in London’s White City, Zone 2, making it an ideal location for young start-up companies focused on science and technology..
London City Incubator (LCI) is an innovation catalyst programme designed to commercialise technologies or in general knowledge developed by City’s academics. The programme aims to capitalize on IP developed by City academics on one hand and on the other provide IP commercialization and entrepreneurial skills within live project contexts to PhD, Masters and MBA students or recent graduates from those programmes at the institution.
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 started in 2010 as a coworking and incubation community for digital high-growth startup businesses in London. The idea was brought to life by a group of entrepreneurs and angel investors, in collaboration with the City of London Corporation. In May 2011, we moved to our current location, Farringdon, in the first floor above the historical Smithfield Market. We sit between St Paul’s, Chancery Lane, Moorgate, Farringdon and Barbican underground stations, and the office is just a 10 minute walk to the famed ‘Silicon Roundabout’ area in Old Street. The 10,000 sq ft (930 m2) open plan office area comprises permanent and hot-desks and private offices, meeting rooms as well as a very popular events space. What sets us apart is our successful WISE programme which mentors startups toward investment-readiness.
Hub 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.
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.
Whitechapel Enterprise Hub (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. 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.nwes.org.uk/london-small-business)
Merged with nwes and Whitechapel Enterprise Hub above.
The Bakery London (https://thebakery.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.
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.
At Launch22 we provide the foundation you need to build your dream startup. Through our communal workspace, we’re forging a dedicated community of entrepreneurs, supported via our expert mentors and workshop events. We are more than an incubator, a charity that unlocks the potential of people from disadvantaged backgrounds through our Scholarship Programme.
Sustainable Ventures, Bridges & Workspaces http://www.sustainablebridges.co.uk/
As serial entrepreneurs we were struggling to find suitable space to grow our sustainable start-ups. So in 2015 we opened our first space Sustainable Bridges. One year later we had created the highest concentration of sustainable start-ups in the UK. Our community members are like-minded as they are all changing the world for the better. To further strengthen our collaborative benefits we have cultivated specific groupings of start-ups with the same main stakeholders, including sustainable transport, buildings, food, energy and textiles.
IDEALondon is a post-accelerator centre in the heart of London’s Tech City, run by Cisco, UCL Engineering and EDF Energy. What does that actually mean? It’s simple: if you’re a high-potential technology brand with a minimum viable product, we’ll give you the space and support you need to grow into a flourishing, sustainable business. New commercial opportunities and partnerships. Help with product development. Access to funding and talent. A place to collaborate with other forward-thinking entrepreneurs. We put it all in front of you, on your terms, and we don’t ask for equity in return. And this isn’t just marketing fluff. Since we launched in 2012 we’ve helped dozens of start-ups like yours raise over £40 million between them, creating more than 400 jobs in the process.
Hatch Enterprise https://hatchenterprise.org
Hatch’s mission is to support diverse and underrepresented entrepreneurs to test, start and grow their ventures. We have a range of programmes for businesses at different stages, and for different groups of entrepreneurs (including female founders, young entrepreneurs, and social entrepreneurs). We also have an enterprise hub near Elephant and Castle where we have workspace available.
Whether you’re gearing up for product manufacturing, preparing for investment or looking to run a successful crowdfunding campaign, we accelerate progression towards your first customers.
BOOST is a fully funded programme, part funded by European Regional Development Fund, offering support in manufacturing, marketing and investment for companies who are taking products to market and looking to scale.
The CRL’s 6-month Accelerator programme is uniquely optimised to maximise the scalability of technology startups developing physical products. Through carefully curated programme and 1:1 mentoring sessions, we will help you:
- Interpret what your customers really want and what value your product brings
- Understand how to get your product manufactured at the right cost and set-up supply chains for scale
- Understand how to gain the hardware-specific funding you need, from grants to crowdfunding and angel investors
- Our Product Development team is focused on helping to launch your products and preparing you to grow a sustainable, profitable business.
London Growth Hub https://www.growthhub.london/
The London Growth Hub brings together the capital’s vast business support offer into a single online resource. The site also brings you closer to other businesses through our online forum and case studies that show how businesses like you have been supported to start up and grow.
It is easy and free to join the London Growth Hub community, just register your details here and you will be able to access a personalised dashboard of information as well as access to a range of free business support events. We would love to hear your views on what events you would find useful so click here to fill in our short survey and register your interest in future events.
The London Growth Hub is delivered by the LEAP which is the local enterprise partnership for London. Chaired by the Mayor of London, the LEAP is the body through which the Mayoralty works with London’s boroughs and business to take a strategic view of the regeneration, employment and skills agenda for London.
London Open Workspaces https://maps.london.gov.uk/workspaces/
This map is an interactive guide to London’s incubators and co-working spaces alongside other start-up workspaces, artists’ studios and maker-spaces.
The London Open Workspaces map makes the locations and services of over 400 workspaces publicly available and is an invaluable resource for anyone with an idea that has outgrown their kitchen table.