Sustainable Innovation

Helping London's startups and innovators deliver sustainable solutions.

Collaborate to succeed


Sustainable Innovation is an ambitious initiative to connect London SMEs with LSBU academics and bring new clean tech products and services to market.

We have combined the funding and resources of two ERDF projects, A2i and LCLDN. By utilising 4m of funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), we tackle barriers to innovation by providing bespoke research and development.


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How we help

Innovation Support

Support available includes access to specialist workshops and one-to-one consultations with experts. You'll also receive the freedom to innovate, the structure necessary to succeed, and academic guidance along the way.

  • Develop Ideas
  • Increase efficiency
  • Reduce risk
  • Be part of a network

Training & Business Management Courses

80% of new businesses fail within their first year. That's why we support businesses with a range of courses.

Once you’ve completed 12 hours of training, you’re able to apply for further innovation support.
  • Digital marketing
  • Digital skills
  • Business growth
  • Selling and negotiation
  • Business planning and pitching
  • Finance and funding


London is home to more than a million businesses - 99.9% of them are SMEs. How can you ensure your business stands out?

If your business idea is viable or your product has commercial potential, we'll help you access free consultancy. Our experts will help you to build solid foundations and a unique business strategy to ensure you achieve growth.
  • Access academic experts
  • Utilise world-class facilities
  • Guidance from industry experts
  • Short and long-term collaborations available

Prototyping and Product Development

Prototyping is an essential element of taking a product to market, and is fundamental to your journey as an innovator.

Our prototype modelling process is unique to the local product design landscape. You'll receive expert advice on the design and manufacture of your product, for free, and keep 100% of the IP.
  • Product and user testing
  • Meeting legal standards and labelling requirements
  • Planning, conducting and evidencing your clinical claims
  • Producing your pitch deck and perfecting your pitch

ERDF Grants

Making the financial commitment to hire new staff can be a daunting prospect. We provide financial assistance worth up to £45,000 to be spent on an associate - helping you to continue to grow at a reduced risk to the organisation.
  • Grow your workforce
  • Increase your knowledge base
  • Reduce financial risk
  • Deliver innovation, faster
"I felt empowered, guided, motivated and supported by very nice people who exchanged experiences."
Women in Business attendee
"I’m now engaging investors and expanding networks to grow my company"
Anele Makhwaza, Igugu Global
"I left with a feeling of community and mutual support."
Rob, Treeconomy, Bootcamp attendee
work with the best

"We're looking forward to working with ambitious entrepreneurs who are ready to make real change"

Our team has been handpicked from the best in the industry to ensure a versatile range of perspectives and expertise.
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