Browse Catapults
Transport System Catapult - Logo Home

Innovation Brief: Post-Pandemic Places Hub

Post-Pandemic Places – innovation in the age of COVID-19 and beyond
In this Innovation Brief we highlight how connected places businesses have already risen to the challenge of COVID-19 and explore some of the market opportunities that the pandemic has created or accelerated.

The onset of coronavirus and the sudden change in the way we all live, work, and play has had a huge impact on people and businesses.

While the loss of life has been devastating, the experience of life under lockdown and social distancing has stimulated new behaviours which have the potential to accelerate positive trends towards a more environmentally sustainable and equitable way of life. Acceptance has quickly turned to preference for many of the changes wrought by the pandemic – in particular, remote working and cleaner, quieter environments. Responding to these new user needs and expectations represents a significant opportunity for businesses in the connected places market.

Four months on from the start of lockdown, this Innovation Brief looks back at how connected places businesses and place leaders rose to the occasion in responding to COVID-19, considers trends and changing market demand as we move into the restart phase, and signals longer-term opportunities to define our eventual recovery.

We hope you will find it an engaging and insightful guide as you navigate the market for innovation in post-pandemic places.


On Thursday 16th July 2020, we ran a Post-Pandemic Places ‘Third Thursday’ webinar, sharing some of our thinking around the opportunities COVID19 has for innovative firms.

Our Associate Director Richard Miller laid out some of the finer points in his presentation which you can view below.If our Innovation Brief on post-pandemic places has inspired you, Innovate UK are offering funding to help UK businesses and the public sector recover from COVID-19 in a sustainable manner. Find out more and apply with the link below.

View the full presentation here

We have split the report into the following chapters: