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We’ve been at the forefront of impact innovation since 1999.

In this time, we have helped hundreds of start-ups, small businesses and ventures to develop and grow, creating thousands of employment opportunities, greater impact, and transforming communities.

We’ve also led and been a partner in many funded projects – from European pilot programmes focused on encouraging green energy in public spaces, to connecting Cleantech innovators with large corporates to create open innovation and shared business opportunities. All are focused on addressing social and environmental global or international challenges and creating positive impact.

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Our Programmes

We started to run free business support programmes in 2013 to help entrepreneurs get their ideas off the ground, help start-ups to grow and scale, and help ventures to create more impact.

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Innovation Lab

We partner with Anglian Water to run the Innovation Lab at our Future Business Centre in Peterborough. Originally opened in 2015 to support entrepreneurs registered on our venture support programmes, it is now also open to SMEs and innovation teams for the design, development and testing of innovative products and systems – all focused on addressing environmental and social challenges.

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Future Homes

In 2020 we launched our first modular homes project, working with Jimmy’s, a homelessness charity in Cambridge and New Meaning Foundation, a social enterprise offering ethical construction. The project created six private modular homes that are specially designed to be moved to more affordable land in the future to keep the project running costs low.

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Agetech Accelerator

We are a partner in Seas2Grow, a European project helping to improve the lives of the ageing population, and we run the Agetech Accelerator, which supports the development of innovative solutions, products and services for older people so that they can remain at home for longer.

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Scale-Up

We are a partner in Scale-Up, a European project connecting cleantech innovators and large enterprises. The large corporates benefit from introductions to the dynamic SME innovation ecosystem, and SMEs get the chance to bring their products and services to corporate buyers.

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