Meet the eight finalists selected to join our Innovation Lab.

We have just completed the second application process for our Innovation Lab and are now heading into programme live. 

Meet our finalists

Pitch Day 2019

Go behind the scenes at our Innovation Lab pitch day.

Watch this video to hear from some of the 24 suppliers who took part and learn why we’re committed to bringing innovative ideas into our business.

Pitch Day Gallery

About our Innovation Lab

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The 10-week programme provides successful applicants with the opportunity to test their solutions in a live environment, while gaining access to and building relationships with senior United Utilities executives, with the potential to lead to longer-term commercial partnerships.

This year we’re keen to hear from innovative companies with solutions to the different categories which are outlined here. Each category is focused on developing our Systems Thinking plans to better serve customers and ensure our colleagues have everything they need to deliver

Updates from the Innovation Lab

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Innovation Lab - the halfway point

Midpoint provides a perfect opportunity to reflect on progress made as well as starting to look ahead to the end of the Programme culminating in Demo Day taking place in early December 2019.

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We’re now into Week 5 of the United Utilities Innovation Lab!

This week we met up with Richard Vilton, CEO and Co-founder of Emu Analytics, to find out more about the team’s progress in the Lab and to understand what utilities innovation means to them.

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September 2019 saw the return of the United Utilities Innovation Lab!

We have once again joined forces with an international group of suppliers to develop and test new technologies with the potential to enhance our processes to better serve our customers.

Innovation Lab Finalists

United Utilities unveils eight new companies to join its Innovation Lab

Following the success of its first Innovation Lab, United Utilities has selected eight teams to join its second cohort.

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Making Waves: Meet Emagin and their AI tool, HARVI

Emagin, new to the UK, is a Canadian start-up which has developed an artificial intelligence system that helps facilitate decision-making within the water industry.

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Making Waves: Typhon tech could help slash cost of water treatment

A fledgling Cumbrian company whose bug-busting tech could help slash the cost of water treatment worldwide has won its first major contract - with its local water firm United Utilities

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Making Waves: How Datatecnics want to revolutionise the world of water

Datatecnics, a technology company based in Birmingham. “We’re a company who have set out to revolutionise global infrastructure markets” explains Suhayl Zulfiquar, the company’s Chief Operating Officer.

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Breaking down the barriers to new ideas in the water industry

Our Head of Innovation, Kieran Brocklebank, shares his views on innovation in the water industry and the launch of our Innovation Lab 10 week programme.

About our partners

L Marks


L Marks are innovation specialists and early-stage investors. We work with some of the worlds’ best-known brands, including, BMW Group, Lloyd's of London, Arsenal F.C., and EDF Energy to identify the challenges in their business and create bespoke partnership and scouting projects.

Founded in 2012 by serial entrepreneur Stuart Marks, and led by Chief Executive, Daniel Saunders, L Marks builds bridges between corporates seeking to innovate and young companies looking to scale with disruptive tech and systemic guidance. We help nurture these opportunities for improvement into innovative solutions to sustain the future longevity of business. For further information, please visit www.lmarks.com.