Opportunities for Cleantech SMEs

European project, ‘SCALE-UP’, offers SMEs with cleantech solutions a chance to meet big businesses from across the globe on 4 October.
SCALE-UP Cleantech


SCALE-UP, a new European project supported by Allia, is seeking SMEs from Peterborough, Cambridgeshire and the surrounding areas with cleantech solutions that can be sold to large businesses in other parts of the world.

The first event, on October 4th, is ‘Meet the Buyer’. Attendees will meet face-to-face with representatives from ABB, Schneider, Skanska and Siemens in Gothenberg, Sweden.

Details of the issues and projects which each company seeks to address are outlined below. 

If you have a solution, please contact gareth.jones@allia.org.uk who can provide further information on how to take part in the event.


Seeking solutions and expertise in:

1) Smart industry/digitalisation
In this area, Siemens Sweden are looking for innovations that can strengthen their solutions to the market within digitalisation of production and supply chain processes (factories and logistics systems). They are also looking for innovations that can improve resource utilisation and sustainability aspects of the production value chain. See here.
2) Energy storage and Hydrogen
This is the specialised area of the unit that our representative from the company attending the meet the buyer event is heading up – to investigate opportunities for new innovations in energy storage and hydrogen in particular. See here for details.
3) Next 47 Initiative
Next 47 will build on Siemens’ existing startup activities and will become a new business unit that will be open to employees as well as to founders, external startups and established companies if they want to pursue business ideas in the company’s strategic innovation fields. Important innovation fields will include artificial intelligence, autonomous machines, decentralised electrification and networked mobility. The new unit will also concern itself with so­-called blockchain applications that are designed to make data transfer in industry and in energy trading, for example, simpler and more secure. Start-ups are particularly encouraged to get in touch should they operate in these areas as the Next 47 unit is well-funded to support promising start-ups. More details here.


Skanska’s main strategic opportunities and challenges lie in the areas of energy, carbon, materials and water. These four areas form the elements of their “Color Palette” which is their way to visualise their Green Business ambition. The highest level in Color Palette is Deep Green – where construction process and their product performance in the four areas have a near­ zero impact on the environment – e.g. energy performance of Net Zero Primary Energy. You can find out about their specific challenges in this document.

If you have a solution that meets any of the above needs, email gareth.jones@allia.org.uk before the end of September 2016.


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