Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub confirm speaker line up for low carbon innovation workshop in Bristol.

Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub confirm speaker line up for low carbon innovation workshop in Bristol.

The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) which is part funded by the European Regional Development Fund offers support to start-up and existing sustainable technology and low carbon businesses.  In partnership with Low Carbon South West they have put together a series of free low carbon innovation workshops to provide initial entry points into the STBAH programme for relevant companies. 

There will be a number of sector specific events taking place in Bristol and Bath over the coming months.  

The first event will be on Low Carbon Innovation in the Built Environment and will look at Themes, Trends and How to Get Funded.  It takes place on Thursday 14th June, at The Oak Space, Bristol.  The speaker line up has been confirmed and it promises to be a very interesting and engaging event. 

Outlined is the agenda for the day:

  • 8.30: Registration and breakfast buffet
  • 9.00: Introduction to the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub
  • 9.15: Are Buildings Evil?: Prof. David Coley, Dept of Architecture and Civil Engineering, University of Bath
  • 9.40: Key Challenges, Emerging Trends and Evolving Technologies: David Mason, Senior Sustainability Manager, Skanska UK.
  • 10.05: Sustainability Mega-trends, Industry Responses and Advanced Examples Sophia Cox, UK Green Building Business Council
  • 10.30: Tea & Coffee break
  • 10.50: Innovate UK: Sustainability and Funding Opportunities: Josie Gough, South West Regional Manager, Innovate UK: 
  • 11.15: Business-University Collaboration: Unlocking access to innovation and resources:Laura Zuluaga Cardona, Industrial Partnerships Manager, University of Bath
  • 11.40: Securing Funding for Innovation: Panel Discussion including:

Josie Gough, South West Regional Manager, Innovate UK

Rachel Humphries, Senior Associate, Leyton

Laura Zuluaga Cardona, Industrial Partnerships Manager, University of Bath

Richard Turner, CEO, Catalyst Venture Partnerships

  • 12.30: Networking lunch buffet
  • 13.30: Closing statements and next steps
  • 13.35: Networking
  • 14.00: Close

Register now for this free workshop via the Eventbrite page here.

The expert speakers will discuss case studies of successful projects and offer advice on funding and grants.

Further detail about each speaker:

David Coley is Professor of Low Carbon Design in the Dept. of Architecture and Civil Engineering at the University of Bath. However his background is one of theoretical physics, and it took him 20 years to work out buildings were where his heart lies.  David’s research focuses on minimising energy use in the domestic and non-domestic sectors and the design of shelter for refugees. His key specialism is energy use in the built environment including the identification of why buildings and people use energy. He was Principal Investigator (PI) of EPSRC’s ENLITEN project, which investigated how new digital devices can be used to reduce energy demand through encouraging alterations in behaviour, is PI of EPSRC’s COLBE project, which looks into future weather, and of GCRF’s Health Housing for the Displaced, which is monitoring the environmental conditions in refugee shelters across the world. He also researches into the impact of climate change on the built environment. He has a history of carbon/energy accounting, with his paper on food miles receiving over 290 citations. He is Director of the Centre for Energy and the Design of Environments, and Director of Bath’s Building Research Park.  When he is not working he can be found somewhere in the world rock climbing.

David Mason, Senior Sustainability Manager, Skanska UK. David is senior sustainability manager at Skanska UK and a member of the Skanska Environmental Leadership Team with a specific focus on energy and the built environment. He leads a team of environmental and sustainability experts whose primary role is to ensure sustainability principles are adhered to in construction and facilities management projects. Advising on energy strategy, building certification schemes and in use initiatives, David has developed a wide knowledge of the challenges and opportunities a contractor faces in this area.  David is also part of Skanska’s global knowledge network seeking out and assessing new and innovative green solutions for the business.

Sophia Cox, Sustainability Advisor, UK Green Building Council.  Josie is responsible for the social value, futures, state of sustainability, universities research forum. UKGBC’s mission is to radically improve the sustainability of the built environment, by transforming the way it is planned, designed, constructed, maintained and operated.

Josie Gough Innovate UK – Regional Manager for South West. Josie is the Regional Manager for the South West for Innovate UK. Her career has been predominantly in public sector all within the South West, from Higher Education through Local Authority and Central Government. At Bristol University, she was a key member of the Research and Enterprise Development Team covering access to research funding and fostering collaborations on behalf of the medical faculty. At the Higher Education Funding Council for England, Josie was instrumental in the design and set up of the national Research and Assessment Exercise 2008. Following a move to Cornwall, Josie became the assistant manager for the FDI initiative within the Economic Delivery arm of Cornwall Council.  The previous 10 years have been spent within the SW Regional Development Agency and the Department for Communities and Local Government responsible for delivering hundreds of millions of euros to achieve economic growth and increase SME competitiveness within Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, as well as being the national expert for European Regional Development Funds relating to SME competitiveness.  Josie has recently returned her attention to wider South West issues and taken up a role with Innovate UK as Regional Manager for the South West. 

Laura Zuluaga Cardona, Industrial Partnerships Manager, University of Bath.  Laura is responsible for establishing and managing partnerships between academics and companies. She is responsible for facilitating relationships with industry, identifying and promoting funding opportunities, including Knowledge Transfer Partnerships (KTPs) and other Innovate UK schemes supporting the process of securing industry funding, overseeing industry partnerships when funded.

Rachel Humphries, Senior Associate, Leyton.  Leyton has grown from a small consulting firm, founded in 1997, into Europe’s largest innovation funding specialist helping innovative organisations improve their global performance. In the UK, our specific expertise is in the optimisation of Research and Development (R&D) Tax Relief, R&D Grants as well as HR Advice and Employment Law Services.

Richard Turner, CEO, Catalyst Venture Partnerships.  Richard is an economist, entrepreneur and corporate financier. Richard began his career as an economist working as an ODI fellow in Botswana and project economist with the World Bank, IFAD and ADB working mainly in Africa.  Richard then became a strategic consultant working for KPMG and London Economics where he became partner and CEO respectively. In 1999 Richard founded Catalyst Venture Partners an business incubator and corporate finance company. In 2010 Richard co-founded Catalyst Business Finance a asset backed lender to SME’s. In 2012 Richard co-founded Transcriptogen, a drug discovery company focussed on developing anti-cancer treatments. Between 2011 and 2014 Richard was Chairman of Mentoring+ a charity that helps young people at risk of offending by providing role model mentors.   Richard is currently working with Rocketmakers Ltd to develop an incubation and follow-un fund called RocketFuel Ventures.

Matt Tudge, General Manager from Low Carbon South West, who is organising and running the events, says, 

“The workshop programmes have been set up to support businesses in low carbon innovation and we have identified a number of sector specific areas we feel are key. Through our links with the University of Bath we are able to secure key speakers and researchers which delegates attending will benefit from and be able to tap into their expertise.  Funding is a crucial element for any start up or business seeing growth and we are delighted to have secured a speaker from Innovate UK for both our June and July events.”

Pete Keevill, who is part of the project team for the Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub, goes onto say, 

“These events will provide an initial entry point into the STBAH programme for relevant companies.  The STBAH is funded through the European Regional Development Fund, it offers free bespoke support packages to businesses working in sustainable technologies and the low carbon sector and can provide tailored support to businesses in the West of England to grow efficient and innovative practices.  For delegates attending the workshop programmes will provide 4 hours of support and a further 8 hours of individual, specific free support can then be discussed.  These workshops offer a great opportunity for businesses or individuals to network with expert advisers and help them achieve their goals.”

Further events supporting other key sectors are planned, so if you are interested in receiving additional STBAH support either visit or email the project team on;

Forthcoming Sector workshops and dates:

Please visit the STBAH website for further information about the programme

Register for the Low Carbon Innovation in the Built Environment Bristol workshop now: