Imperial has outlined plans to transform the capital’s global response to climate change through a new collaboration with the Mayor of London. Find out more
The Grantham Institute is collaborating with Imperial College London to create a Centre for Climate Change Innovation, which will draw together a critical mass of expertise around climate change solutions technology. A hothouse for innovation, the centre will nurture a new generation of climate change pioneers, entrepreneurs and innovators to develop business solutions for a sustainable and resilient low-carbon future.
Imperial has a long history of success in delivering real businesses and a pipeline of clean tech entrepreneurs. The Centre for Climate Change Innovation will seamlessly merge learning with practical and tangible enterprise development in partnership with the best academics, global corporates and innovative companies. It will draw on Imperial’s world-class facilities, science and engineering knowhow,business expertise and networks in order to help catalyse this century’s great economic transformation.
"As founding partners of the EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme, the Grantham Institute has over eight years of experience in supporting students, researchers, business and start-ups develop cleantech innovations into successful businesses, supporting the creation of 80 new cleantech businesses since 2012. They are successful pioneers - raising over $140M of investment, creating more than 500 jobs and beginning to shape the low carbon economy. We are proud of the recognition their achievements have received - and the new Centre for Climate Change Innovation will allow us to enhance and improve on this success. Our intent is that it will catalyse the broader development of cleantech in London, such that London becomes a world-leading contributor to a sustainable and resilient low-carbon future."
- Professor Richard Templer, Director of Innovation, Grantham Institute
EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme
The EIT Climate-KIC Accelerator Programme is run from Imperial's South Kensington campus. The programme offers support and equity-free funding to start-up teams seeking to develop scalable solutions to the challenges of climate change.
Through the programme, the Grantham Institute provides support to the start-ups in the form of coaching, concept development, business planning and technology specific academic assistance.
Working with the Greater London Authority
The ambition of the The Centre for Climate Change Innovation is to help London to become a leading cleantech city. The Centre will be backed by a grant of up to £8.7 million from the Mayor of London (subject to contract). The Centre will fuel a new generation of climate change entrepreneurs in London and spur the translation of research discoveries into pioneering technological solutions and successful companies.
"London is a global hub for climate action and I’m proud to support this initiative with Imperial College London that will nurture talent and drive growth in the cleantech sector" - Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan
The centre is referenced in several key policy documents from the Greater London Authority, released at the start of 2018.
- Draft New London Plan
- The Mayor's Economic Development Strategy for London
- London Environment Strategy
- Better Future - A Route Map to Creating a Cleantech Cluster in London