2019 Categories & Timeline

The lab process is intense for all parties and is suited to suppliers able to dedicate sufficient resource for the lab timelines, for ideas close to market ready and can be progressed in a 10 week period. It is not suitable for long term research, commodity items or ideas that do not need technology acceleration. For those ideas we have other routes in our innovation strategy to develop those and you should write to ideas@uuplc.co.uk (our standard process to review ideas).

To be considered for a place in the Innovation Lab we ask companies to complete an application. This application is split into three stages:

  • The first stage is a Pre-qualifying questionnaire (PQQ), this is a short questionnaire where we will gather basic details about your company

  • Successful candidates will then be invited to the second stage of the application process, the ideas stage. At this point, we want to hear all about your amazing products and solutions and how they will benefit United Utilities in relation to the below categories

  • The final stage of application will see shortlisted applicants invited to a Pitch Day at United Utilities where you will be asked to pitch your solution in front of senior leaders of United Utilities

See below for dates relating to the stages of the process and the challenges we're looking for companies to address:

Preliminary applications

Preliminary applications

To start the process to apply you’ll be able to express your interest with some key information about your business from this date. The window to complete this will be open for four weeks

Applications now closed

Applications now closed

Now you’ve completed the first stage and you’re at the right stage for the lab you’ll be invited to provide us with more information about your product and/or service.

April - Invitation to Second Stage Applications now closed

April - Invitation to Second Stage Applications now closed

Applications will be reviewed and applicants notified of their result . Successful applicants will be invited to complete a full application for the second stage.

Mid to end May – Applications reviewed

Mid to end May – Second Stage Applications Reviewed

We’ll review all the applications received and get back in touch with successful applicants to invite them to Pitch Day!

22 July – Pitch Day

22 July – Pitch Day

Pitch day is your business’s chance to pitch to United Utilities’ senior leadership to win a place on the programme.

16 September – Programme Starts

16 September – Programme Starts

The 10-week intensive collaboration between you and United Utilities starts here, supported by internal experts and external mentors.

5 December  – Demo Day

5 December – Demo Day

Where you’ll show us what your business has achieved over the 10 weeks and present your proposal for future engagement with United Utilities.

Our Categories

Watch our videos below to find out more about our 2019 categories

Future of Water

Can you help us find solutions to help meet the future challenges faced by a water and wastewater company? Find out more before you apply for our programme.  

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Future of Water

Connected customers

Technology and connected devices offer an opportunity for us to make it easier for customers to understand what is going on in their homes and where they can be more in control of what is important to them. 

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Connected customers

Empowered, knowledgeable colleagues

Can you help us find new ways to enable our people to share best practice and knowledge across the organisation. Find out more and apply for our programme 

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Empowered colleagues

Right information, right place, right time

Making sure that data is with the right people at the right time. Find out more and apply for our programme. 

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Right information