About Innovation Lab
United Utilities Innovation Lab is breaking new ground in the water sector by creating a window for innovative businesses to partner with one of the biggest water companies in the UK. We want to tackle our key business challenges so we can provide better, more cost effective services for our 7 million customers. That means building relationships with businesses who share our vision, ambition and appetite for innovation - with the potential to lead to longer term commercial partnerships.
The 10-week programme will be run in collaboration with corporate innovation specialist L Marks. We advertised the Lab to some 1,500 fledgling, small and large businesses, starting in Spring 2017. After receiving applications from 80 outlets we narrowed that down to a shortlist of 22 and in December they came from far and wide to a pitch day where the seven succesful applicants were selected. The seven partners for the Lab will be co-located and mentored by senior United Utilities business leaders and get access to test, improve and demonstrate their product/service in live customer environments to key experts and decision makers.
United Utilities and L Marks will also provide potential investment opportunities, if the 10-week programme is a success.