Innovation Lab by United Utilities

United Utilities Innovation Lab

The United Utilities Innovation Lab is a unique opportunity for innovative businesses to collaborate with us, helping to tackle key business challenges.

Watch our video to find out more about our Innovation Lab

About our Innovation Lab

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 theUtility Week Awards 2018 - Supply Chain 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.

What's on offer?

Mentorship Product variation Co-location and testing Networking Gain investment
Mentorship from United Utilities senior leadership Product validation
from United Utilities
stakeholders and customers
Co-location and testing
in a live United Utilities
centre environment
A network of
external mentors
with diverse
market expertise
Opportunity to gain investment


Our next stage is Pitch Day.

We will soon be approaching Pitch Day, please have a look back at last year’s pitch day.

Updates from the Innovation Lab

Emagin logo

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.

Typhon logo

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

Datatecnics logo

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.

Innovation Centre

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 L MarksMarks 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