Innovation Hubs


We help places distinguish themselves as unique innovation, technology, research, entrepreneurship and industry leaders in a regional and global market. 

In hundreds of cities around the world, buildings and districts are being designated future centres of innovation. Many of these locations thrive but many also fail to fulfil their promises. Why does innovation flourish in some places but fizzle out in others?  

What do we offer? 

We help maximise an innovation location’s success. By applying our methodology to your unique context, we create a data led plan to establish and nurture an innovation location that will go on to thrive. 

We create a unique programme for a place’s needs, including activities such as:  

  • Conducting an Innovation Locations Analysis, which benchmarks cities against other global cities, building on our work: Global Review of Smart City Strategies ( 
  • Pairing up UK and local innovators to create bespoke innovation solutions and supporting those partnerships to deploy on-the-ground testbeds and demonstrators. 
  • Establishing an Industry Innovation Forum for large and small UK businesses to catalyse new supply chains and drive growth. 

Case study: establishing Sharjah as an innovation location 

Connected Places Catapult worked with the American University of Sharjah Enterprises, sponsored by His Highness Sultan bin Muhammad Al-Qasimi, to establish a world class innovation centre: the new Sharjah Research, Technology and Innovation Park (SRTI) 

The aim of this project was to help Sharjah distinguish itself as a unique research, entrepreneurship and industry innovation leader in a regional and global economy, with UK businesses helping to deliver that vision. 

In a competitive global environment, the odds are stacked against ill-prepared innovation location initiatives. If you want your innovation location to be a serious global contender and flourish rather than fizzle out, we can help you lay the foundations for success. 

Are you trying to establish an innovation location? 

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