HS2 Worker on site

HS2 reveals new opportunities through Innovator Acceleration programme

A set of exciting new opportunities have opened up for SMEs and entrepreneurs across the rail industry, as HS2 Ltd revealed it was looking for inventive ideas on how the company processes data and uses digital technology to cut on their carbon emissions and increase construction site safety and security on the rail.

Today, HS2 Ltd has announced it is looking for five small industry firms to help produce new ideas, procedures and innovative technology that will help achieve the rail company’s goal of reducing its carbon footprint.

The other opportunity is for rail entrepreneurs, as HS2 wants ‘Innovation Accelerator entrants’ to join the third cohort of their Innovation Accelerator programme. The entrepreneurs must come up with ideas on how the company can use digital technology to improve health, safety and security on the railway.

The project’s specific targets include;

  • raising the health and safety standards on major infrastructure projects
  • managing and driving down risk to prevent injury
  • strengthening security to protect construction site plant and machinery

HS2 Ltd Innovation Manager, Rob Cairns, said: “Innovation has a crucial role to play in cutting energy consumption and carbon emissions on HS2, so we’re looking for creative and fresh thinking on how to achieve this.”

“Since HS2 Ltd launched its Innovation Accelerator a year ago, two cohorts of five tech start-ups and SMEs have used their four months inside to develop technology while receiving commercial advice and technical support. The model is working as the majority have gone on to be successful and deliver proof of concepts with HS2 supply chain companies and joint ventures.”

“To date, across the two cohorts, the SMEs have secured venture capital investment, government-backed grant funding and eight commercially-funded pilots, as well as creating 18 new jobs. We are proud that the accelerator is acting as a catalyst for growth from small and medium enterprise business.”

Interested businesses can apply to join the HS2 Ltd programme here. Applications close on June 28, 2021.

Rail Technology Magazine latest edition APR/May 22

RTM APR/May 22

Equality, Diversity & Inclusion: An essential agenda for UK Rail's future

Our April/May 2022 edition of RTM is now live, packed full of insights and analysis of rail projects, innovations, and ambitions across the UK network. Jump in and hear from the likes of Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen on how they’re supercharging rail in the region, hear from RIA Chief Executive Darren Caplan as he outlines why ED&I is essential to the future of rail, and Alan Pattison breaks down the unique work which went into rebuilding Soham station, alongside much, much more…

Videos...

View all videos
TransCityRail Banner

TransCityRail

South \ 29 09 22
North \ 10 11 22
Mids \ 10 02 23

TransCityRail is a series of regional, interactive and insightful events across the country bringing together leaders, collaborators, problem solvers and innovators in a creative and invigorating way.
 

This series of events supports and informs the whole of the rail industry and connects suppliers with buyers, specifiers, leaders and decision-makers looking to procure a wide variety of innovative products and services for their region.

Podcast

The Green Rail Revolution

Maria Machancoses, Director of Midlands Connect discusses the importance of HS2 to the Midlands and the UK, their collaborative work with the Department for Transport, and how we need to embrace the railways again.

More articles...

View all