Urban Challenge Partnership Programme

We partner with places to identify and address their urban challenges. By creating UK business partnerships with local innovators to co-create bespoke solutions fit for local context we establish lasting links between UK and local businesses. And by carefully facilitating the process from challenge identification through showcase, testbeds and on-the-ground solution deployment, we scale up the best innovative technologies and solutions.  

The process and methodology for the Urban Challenge Partnership Programme creates stakeholder buy-in with government, companies, academics, and citizens and helps ensure sustainability of local innovation-based initiatives. 

What do we offer? 

Our Urban Challenge Partnership Programme combines Connected Places Catapults cutting edge work across:   

  • Innovation as a Service – providing impartial ‘innovation as a service’ for mobility and built environment businesses, infrastructure providers and public institutions to catalyse step-change improvements in the way people live, work and travel. 
  • Commercialising Cutting-edge Research – connecting businesses and public sector leaders to cutting-edge research. We help develop, implement, and commercialise the latest technology and innovation for existing markets, as well as create demand and grow new markets in the UK and globally. 
  • Business and Innovation Accelerators – coalescing vital stakeholders in the built environment and mobility industries eco-system. We have had 8 successful accelerator programmes to date, selecting and supporting over 80 exceptional transport, construction and services companies, many of whom now have expanded their operations globally. 
  • Deploying Innovation Testbeds – deploying innovative solutions in-situ to showcase our UK-local business partnership, present the art-of-the-possible in the future of mobility and the built environment, gain stakeholder buy-in and investor commitment to scale sustainable solutions. 
Case study: Urban Links Africa 
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Urban Links Africa was established by the UK’s national centre of excellence for urban innovation, Connected Places Catapult, to help partnerships between UK SMEs and South African / Kenyan organisations to develop innovative technology solutions to key urban challenges in some of Africa’s most rapidly emerging cities: Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg in South Africa; and Nairobi, Mombasa and Kisumu in Kenya; and observer cities ready to scale next in Addis Ababa in Ethiopia, Dar es Salaam in Tanzania, and Kigali in Rwanda. 

Are you interested in finding an innovative solution to your challenges? Then get in touch to discuss how we can help: Global@cp.catapult.org.uk 

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