The Covid-19 crisis has brought cities to a standstill. Beyond the immediate tragic shock of its impact, the dramatic changes which lockdown has imposed on cities do nonetheless also provide hints of a more positive future. Cities have cleaner air now than they have had for decades – might it be possible to keep pollution levels down and start innovating for air quality globally?
This portfolio features 24 British and Indian companies who are bringing innovative approaches to improving and innovating for air quality (AQ), measuring pollution levels, and reducing traffic emissions by accelerating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs).
The portfolio is curated by three UK Catapult organisations – Connected Places Catapult, Energy Systems Catapult and Satellite Applications Catapult – under the aegis of the Innovating for Clean Air (IfCA) programme. The companies included were identified as the most promising start-ups following a competitive open call process, and range from early stage businesses seeking seed capital to more mature scale-ups looking for partnership opportunities.
Whilst by no means an exhaustive overview of the clean air and EV innovation landscape, the UK-India Green Business Portfolio provides an insightful snapshot for investors, as well as government and industry stakeholders looking to implement cutting edge air quality and electric vehicle solutions in the UK, India and worldwide. The IfCA programme is led by Innovate UK, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), and co-funded by the Newton Fund and various partners in India.
The programme builds on the strong relationship between India and the UK represented by the UK – India Tech partnership announced in April 2018. It focuses on strengthening connections between businesses, local authorities, academics and civil society organisations in Bengaluru and the UK, pooling expertise and efforts around the shared challenges of improving air quality and accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles. With the cities of London and Bengaluru leading the global C40 Air Quality Network, it should come as no surprise that numerous organisations have been found working creatively and energetically in these areas.
So, if you are an investor or a buyer, or whether you are looking to find a partner or procure a cutting-edge service, you will be sure to find lots of interesting candidates in the portfolio. If you are interested in other aspects of the programme or the work of the catapults in general, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!