Applications are now closed!

Applications for our Innovation Lab are now closed.

Click the link below to find out more about our 2022 categories and process timeline.

2022 Categories

About our Innovation Lab

Utility Week Awards 2018

The 12-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

Dist Chamber Changemaker

Water sector blazes a trail for low carbon 3D construction printing on site

The water sector could soon be the first in the UK able to print made-to-measure objects out of sustainable concrete on site.


United Utilities launches global hunt for game-changing technology

North West water firm wants emerging ideas which could transform the way services are delivered to its customers.

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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.

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

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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.

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.

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