Hydrogen Innovation Initiative Venture Building Programme

Applications close: 26 April

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Develop collaborative ventures to commercialise hydrogen technologies for logistics, centred around the river Thames.

Connected Places Catapult is excited to unveil the Hydrogen Innovation Initiative (Hii) Venture Building Programme, a pioneering effort squarely focused on accelerating the development and commercialisation of hydrogen-based technologies. At the heart of this initiative is the ambition to merge public and private assets, technology, talent, and capital to create a new breed of enterprises.

In this open call, we seek to invite organisations and individuals who are eager to integrate their technology, talent, and assets with others to form collaborative ventures. The goal is to assemble partners willing to work together, share insights, and merge capabilities to create new ventures.

The programme is a gateway for participants to engage in the creation of ventures with substantial commercial and societal impact, focussed around last-mile logistics and hydrogen infrastructure along the Thames.

The River Thames: a pivotal asset

At the heart of this programme is the strategic utilisation of the River Thames. Flowing through London and extending into the broader English landscape, the Thames offers a unique opportunity for innovative logistics and energy solutions. Its extensive network and strategic location make it an ideal asset for addressing immediate logistical and environmental challenges, serving as a scalable model for waterway-based solutions worldwide. The integration of modern technology and sustainable practices within this natural resource highlights the potential for impactful, scalable solutions.

Application Support Webinar

Join Connected Places Catapult and partners to introduce the programme and answer any questions you may have around the application process, on 18 April, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm.

Register here

Programme Focus

Last-Mile Logistics System for Perishable Goods:

Utilising hydrogen technologies, with a particular focus on propulsion, to revolutionise the delivery of perishable goods, enhancing efficiency, and reducing environmental impacts.

Hydrogen Conversion and Distribution Infrastructure:

Focused on developing infrastructure for hydrogen conversion and distribution, this consortium or SPV will support last-mile logistics systems along the River Thames, promoting sustainable energy solutions and reducing carbon emissions.

Why apply

This programme offers a transformative platform for organisations and individuals to leverage their innovations in technology and talent, merging them into ventures with substantial commercial and societal impact, starting with the River Thames opportunity. By participating, you not only contribute to sustainable development and innovation but also position yourself at the forefront of new market opportunities. Join us in this transformative initiative to unlock new potential and define the next wave of global waterway solutions.

Key Dates and Timelines

  • Open Call Launch: 8 April 2024
  • Webinar: 18 April 2024
  • Application Deadline: 26 April 2024
  • Selection: May 2024
  • Programme Start: 29 May 2024
  • Programme End

How to apply

Please register through the link below. Applications close 26 April.

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Supporting Documents

Terms and ConditionsProgramme GuidanceScoring Criteria

Point of contact

If you have any questions about the programme and application, please contact:

Emilio Binst, Senior Business Analyst, emilio.binst@cp.catapult.org.uk