Applications now open for the Advanced Construction Accelerator!
Technical Due Diligence Week
Commercial Due Diligence
What is the Advanced Construction accelerator?
The Advanced Construction accelerator is a brand-new programme by Connected Places Catapult designed specifically for SMEs with disruptive solutions in the construction domain.
The accelerator will see 10 SMEs join a 6 month programme where they will receive support from a consortium of industry partners. The consortium which is led by Connected Places Catapult includes programme sponsors Ferrovial Construction and Ibstock plc.
Industry partners will play an active role in challenge setting, SME selection and product validation and provide access to testing facilities and internal expertise. One of the main programme aims is to maximise commercial engagement, so selected SMEs will actively explore trial opportunities as part of the programme.
Connected Places Catapult will be delivering the programme in partnership with Startup Discovery School who will support the SMEs through a bespoke programme roadmap tailored to their unique business needs - this will include but is not limited to investment readiness, business modelling, customer profiling and enterprise selling.
" We are delighted to be launching the Advanced Construction Accelerator programme, never has it been more important to innovate the construction sector and by fostering collaboaration with industry partners and disruptive SMEs we believe we can make a lasting impact, that will not only benefit the industry but also wider society. I am looking forward to seeing what types of innovations and technologies we see as part of the application process."
Director of Built Environment, Connected Places Catapult
Am I eligible for this programme?
- You must be an SME
- You must have or look to register a UK company address*
- Preferably an innovative digital or hardware solution at TRL 6 - 8
- You must be able to address the challenge statements with your technology
*Connected Places Catapult can guide SMEs through this process
What's on offer to SMEs
Coaching and Mentoring
Including pitch coaching, business support and VC support
Demonstration Day to investors, industry and potential customers
Tailored investment readiness programme, with support from investment coaches
5 months tailored business support
including CR&D and grant opportunities
Technical support and sprints and access to technical experts
Business development opportunities and introduction to potential customers
- Bespoke business support to 10 disruptive SMEs
- Support SMEs to secure investment and produce investment strategies
- Focus on facilitating discussions that lead to commercial contracts, both UK and international
- Support collaborative R&D - where appropriate/applicable
- Agile sprints and technical focused sessions to develop technologies and meet challenge requirements
- Support the implementation of potential trials with programme partners
- Support development of FTEs
click below on the challenge areas for more details
Innovations that improve the delivery process of construction projects, enabling better outcomes for both clients and suppliers.
Innovations that support greener operations and delivery of construction projects within the UK and which align to the government's Net Zero ambitions.
Innovations that facilitate the transition to a digital future of construction. This will involve the use and application of digital tools that make the delivery, operation and renewal of our built environment safer, more efficient and more collaborative.
If you have any questions on the programme or need support on your application, please reach out to the team below: