The world is changing at an ever greater pace. Industry and innovators are responding, working together to create the products, services and businesses of the future. Innovate UK Business Connect is here to help.

We make the full range of diverse connections required to shape a more positive future: technology, design, supply chains, business models, behaviour change, systems change. We are committed to driving innovation that is sustainable – responsible, resilient and even regenerative.

Innovate UK Business Connect helps drive innovation that can reduce industry’s environmental footprint and improve resource efficiency, and also create benefits such as competitive advantage and enhanced value-add for the customer. By making the right connections – for instance to cutting edge knowledge & research, the best solution providers, and testing facilities.

We help innovators navigate the journey to market fruition. We make connections to the multitude of skills and assets required to bring any product or service to market. And of course the funding and finance that might be required.

Innovate UK Business Connect works extensively with stakeholders – from national and regional government to national and regional government, Catapults, clusters, trade associations, learned institutions, expert consultancies, think tanks and charities. We connect seemingly disparate stakeholders to shape a better innovation landscape, and multiply the impact that any one of these organisations could have alone. To help drive positive change.

To explore this topic further take a look at the Horizons tool.

Our current focus in this area

At Innovate UK Business Connect, we are helping to empower organisations in their journey to Net Zero.

As the world moves towards a more sustainable future, we are changing the demand profile on many materials. But at the same time, as the world population rises, resulting in an ever increasing demand for energy and products which puts increasing pressure on materials (and their supply chains), we are also generating more and more ‘waste’.

The Decarbonising Ports & Harbours Innovation Network’s overarching objective is to raise the profile of the critical part ports and harbours need to play in Maritime transport’s transition to net zero by 2050 and accelerate this transition by giving clear direction.

Governments across the globe are working and deploying plans to reduce carbon and particulate emissions to improve the environment for generations to come.

Connecting the UK’s growing Chemicals community with industrial collaborators, research-base expertise, investment opportunities and funders.

Innovate UK Business Connect supports the offshore wind industry as a major contributor to the ORE Catapult innovation hub funded by BEIS, as well as supporting the companies who are making applications for funding for offshore renewables.

The Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging activity at Innovate UK Business Connect is proactively driving engagement and collaboration as part of the core programme of the UKRI ISCF Smart Sustainable Plastic Packaging Challenge (SSPP).

Innovate UK Business Connect supports the SuperSolar Network Plus with the Head of Infrastructure acting as Chair to the Network Industrial Advisory Group. Through this group, and programmes such as Energy Catalyst as described above, we are actively brokering B2B and B2A linkages.

Liquid fuels will be a requirement for long-haul air travel in the longer term and a requirement for short haul whilst new technologies such as electric and electric/hybrid are developed. Aviation contributes around 2-3% to global CO2 emissions; through the International Civil Aviation Organization, the industry is committed to carbon neutral growth from 2021.

The world is changing at an ever greater pace, and manufacturers are responding – improving the products they make and the way they make them. This enables reduced environmental footprint and improved resource efficiency, but also creates benefits such as competitive advantage and a closer alignment with the customer’s needs.

Related Opportunities

European Space Agency: Maritime Decarbonisation

Opens: 01/06/2024   Closes: 28/02/2025

ESA seeks to support development of sustainable space-based services and applications related to maritime decarbonisation.

More Information

Design Exchange Partnerships: design the green transition round three

Opens: 02/05/2024   Closes: 12/09/2024

Apply for funding to develop design-led solutions around the theme the idea of designing for impact beyond humans.

More Information

Global Business Innovation Programme in India - Sustainable Plastic

Opens: 23/05/2024   Closes: 07/07/2024

Innovate UK invites innovative companies in the sustainable plastic sector to participate in a Global Business Innovation Programme in India.

More Information

Connecting concrete supply chain to innovators

Opens: 05/07/2024   Closes: 02/08/2024

Would you like to connect with innovators who are developing solutions to decarbonise concrete?

More Information

Connecting innovators in concrete to supply chain partners

Opens: 05/07/2024   Closes: 19/07/2024

If you are developing innovation towards decarbonising concrete, apply now to be connected with potential supply chain partners.

More Information

Innovation Exchange challenge: Sustainable materials in modular outdoor structures

Opens: 11/06/2024   Closes: 31/07/2024

Supporting the UK arm of a major blue-chip international organisation to identify sustainable materials and manufacturers for outdoor exposure structures.

More Information

Related Events and Recordings


A greener future: Understanding the NHS net zero supplier roadmap and how to meet your sustainability goals

10.00 - 11.00 GMT | Online

Watch now

Net Zero Living Annual Event - Innovating to Accelerate Change

09.30 - 16.30 | Cardiff

Recording coming soon

Global Research and Innovation in Plastics Sustainability Conference 2024 (GRIPS 2024)

09.00 - 16.30 | Sheffield / Online

Register for this event
See all events

Our Experts

Related News

Innovate UK hosts Cross Government Climate Hub launch event


Innovate UK hosts Cross Government Climate Hub launch event

Innovate UK Business Connect, in collaboration with the Cross Government Climate Hub (CGCH), has hosted a successful launch event to announce the migration and partnership between CGCH and Gov News.

Read more
Innovate UK hosts Nigeria to UK circular economy knowledge exchange tour


Innovate UK hosts Nigeria to UK circular economy knowledge exchange tour

Follow Innovate UK Global Alliance Africa next week (5-9 February 2024) as we host a ‘Nigeria to UK’ circular economy knowledge exchange tour with a particular focus on sustainable construction and circular fashion.

Read more
More News

For general enquiries regarding our Sustainability sector contact us now


Connect with Innovate UK Business Connect

Join Innovate UK Business Connect's mailing list to receive updates on funding opportunities, events and to access Innovate UK Business Connect's deep expertise. Please check your email to confirm your subscription and select your area(s) of interest.