SHIFT, at the forefront of driving sustainable innovation, is spearheading the Future Industries Demonstrator Programme (FID) in London. FID, a pivotal scale-up initiative, targets SMEs innovating climate solutions. The program's second challenge, focusing on the built environment and energy, is now open for applications until March 15, 2024.

Under Challenge 02: Sustainable Structures, SHIFT calls upon London's visionary innovators to revolutionize buildings and energy systems towards a net-zero future. With East London as the canvas, renowned for rapid urban transformation, this challenge presents an ideal platform to showcase sustainable urban solutions.

Benefits for Participants Include:

  • Up to £20,000 grant to supplement scaling plans
  • £5,000 budget to support testbed activity
  • Free co-working space at Plexal Innovation Hub or The Loop circular economy hub
  • 1:1 coaching with a UCL specialist in circular business, plus connections to wider UCL expertise

SHIFT emphasizes the urgency for bold, systemic responses that reshape the urban landscape resiliently. SMEs with solutions addressing carbon emissions reduction or prevention in building and energy sectors are encouraged to apply.

Successful applicants stand to benefit from a comprehensive five-month program offering access to resources, support, and funding. From tailored scale-up programs to real-world testing at prominent locations like Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, participants gain invaluable exposure and networking opportunities.

Additionally, participants receive grants, testbed activity support, co-working space, coaching, and connections to wider expertise networks. The program seeks solutions beyond ideation, with demonstrated market understanding and scalability potential.

London-based SMEs or startups are invited to download the application guidance and seize this unparalleled opportunity to shape a resilient future for the capital and beyond. Apply by March 15, 2024!


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