HS2 Launches Innovation Accelerator

HS2 Ltd has launched the ‘Innovation Accelerator’ as a way of driving new ideas for the high-speed rail project.

The Innovation Accelerator is a call for individuals and companies to get involved and develop entrepreneurial ideas that focus around three key areas: productivity, the environment, and the circular economy.

HS2 will keep the online portal open for a month. Then, HS2 will pick five of the ideas submitted for the Innovation Accelerator. The five winning individuals/companies will receive commercial and technical support at the accelerator, along with rent-free work space to help develop the proposals. Six months later the ideas will be presented and pitched to industry investors as well as HS2’s supply chain.

Howard Mitchell, Head of Innovation, HS2, said:

“I encourage individuals and firms of all sizes - from start-ups and budding entrepreneurs to established businesses – to go online and share their ideas with HS2.

“The construction of HS2 will show the world the very best of British skills, innovation and ambition. We hope that the Accelerator programme, which is an innovation itself, will both offer new ways of delivering HS2, but also generate new jobs, technology and opportunities.”

HS2 has been running a wider innovation programme as well. Solutions here have included devices for protecting site workers’ hearing.

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