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 email@example.com (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: