Imperial is ideally positioned to be the catalysing force that brings about the climate change solutions ecosystem the world urgently needs. We have expert knowledge in technology development and years of experience applying this to climate change and environmental challenges.
The College was a founding partner of the Climate Knowledge Innovation Community (Climate-KIC) and has delivered the successful Climate-KIC Accelerator programme since 2012. Climate-KIC is now Europe’s largest partnership for climate change innovation and has brought the College into purposeful collaboration with knowledge institutes, businesses, non-governmental organisations and governmental bodies across the EU. It is recognised as one of the world’s leading climate change solutions accelerators.
The College also has a proven track record of success in supporting climate change entrepreneurs. Over the past decade it has produced more startups in the area than any other UK university.
In just eight years:
- 55 start-ups have graduated from the programme
- $200M of investment raised
- 1,000 jobs created.
These 55 start-ups are 60 per cent of the programme’s intake, and all raised seed funds in excess of $250,000. In fact, the average first investments for these start-ups has been $3.5M.
London: A world leader in innovation
“London is Europe’s global city and climate change is a global issue, so it is logical for low-carbon technology to concentrate here. A quarter of the UK’s low-carbon business is in this region and we have enthusiasm for this initiative from across the sector, and from local and national government. The new centre will catalyse the broader development of climate change innovation in London, making the city a world-leading contributor to a sustainable and resilient low-carbon future.”
– Professor Richard Templer, Director of Innovation, Grantham Institute
London has been named the best European city for developing technology to solve environmental and social problems, according to EU-funded research by Nesta, the Britain-based innovation charity. A study by the Greater London Authority shows that annual sales in the cleantech sector in 2018 were worth £40 billion; contributing to 250,000 jobs. To be able to deliver global impact in the sector, London needs to create spaces where the cleantech community can build a permanent presence, grow new businesses and establish its voice.
Being located in London makes Imperial globally accessible, globally connected, and home to a multi-national pool of talent that is driving progress in the field. The College sits at the heart of a global city and works closely with some of the world’s most prominent financial, cultural, political and scientific institutions.