Innovation Accelerator

HS2 launches sixth Innovation Accelerator programme

HS2 has launched its sixth Innovation Accelerator programme in a bid to open up new avenues of technology.

The project is in collaboration with the Connected Places Catapult and will look to new and existing companies to offer innovative technologies that can:

  • Speed up the design process
  • Automate construction handover
  • Strengthen the circular economy during site decommissioning

Applications for the Innovation Accelerator will be open until 28 April through the Connect Places Catapult. Up to six organisations will be chosen to join the programme this June.

Artist's impression of an HS2 train at a platform

After approximately five months of development within the programme, the companies’ innovations will be showcased and pitched to industry investors and the wider HS2 supply chain.

“HS2 is at peak construction in 2024 and there’s still a vast amount to do on what remains Britain’s largest investment in transport infrastructure,” said Jon Kelly, senior innovation manager at HS2.

He added: “It therefore offers a huge opportunity to develop and or hone technologies to help deliver Britain’s new high speed railway.

“HS2’s innovation accelerator is a metaphorical laboratory and test bench to develop new tech solutions to drive improved productivity and efficiencies for the high speed rail programme and future projects – both large and small.”

If you want to learn more about the opportunities to become a key supplier to the UK rail industry, attend TransCityRail and gain access to a broad range of buyers throughout the sector, including Network Rail, HS2, train operating companies, major contractors and more.

More information on how you can secure your place is available here.

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