Companies engage at STBAH ACE showcase event

Jason Camp, Research Associate welcomes delegates to the STBAH ACE event

Jason Camp, Research Associate welcomes delegates to the STBAH ACE event

The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub (STBAH) held their first sector specific showcase event last week (Thursday 31st Jan) at The Edge Arts Centre, situated on the University of Bath campus.

The main purposes of the showcase event was to create a day of engaging talks and facilitate introductions to a core group of companies, working in a similar field with sustainability at the forefront of their business, to key contacts at the University of Bath.

Delegates who have previously applied for business support through the STBAH programme and operate in the low carbon built environment were invited to attend the Architecture and Civil Engineering (ACE) showcase event. Thirteen companies, with a turn out of 15 candidates joined professors and lecturers from the University of Bath for the day.

The day started with a talk from Professor Pete Walker from the Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, on the topic of ‘Grow your own home: bio-based construction materials’.

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Following this very interesting talk, Nick McCullen Lecturer from the Dept of Architecture & Civil Engineering engaged with the audience on ‘Data, Modelling and the Science of Cities’. Before lunch, Kevin Paine, Reader, Dept of Architecture & Civil Engineering went on to discuss ‘Sustainable concrete materials and recycled materials’. A networking lunch followed to give the delegates time to chat with each other and the speakers about the very thought provoking mornings subjects.

Delegates at the STBAH ACE event take the opportunity to network

Delegates at the STBAH ACE event take the opportunity to network


Following lunch, Ian Walker, Senior Lecturer, from the Dept of Psychology got everyone in the room thinking with the topic of ‘Why won't people use my design properly?!  How to accommodate people in sustainable built environments’. The final topic of the day was on ‘Building performance evaluation and improvement’, which was given by Andy Shea, Senior Lecturer, Dept of Architecture & Civil Engineering.

Additional staff from the University of Bath and the STBAH programme were on hand throughout the event and the day was rounded off with networking where there was an opportunity for organisations to discuss research collaboration opportunities with key contacts met on the day.

Talking about the success of the day, Jason Camp, Research Associate for the STBAH programme, said, “Since launch the STBAH has seen a large group of startups and SMEs who operate in the built environment who are all looking for similar business support. We knew there was great potential to get these group of like minded business entrepreneurs into a room together and in front of the academics from the University of Bath. As with most events you are never sure how the day will pan out, but thankfully, from the feedback and post-event discussions already taking place for potential collaborations, it has been an extremely successful and positive day. We do have other key groups who we think could gain from a similar style event and as more startups sign up to the STBAH business support programme we would certainly look to run a similar ACE showcase event again.”

An excellent day all round. The strong interest and engagement from all attendees was very clear during questioning and discussions following each presentation. Networking discussions with attendees over lunch and later in the day were very helpful for me and my colleagues.
— Professor Pete Walker, Department of Architecture & Civil Engineering, University of Bath
The STBAH ACE event has helped facilitate introductions and potential research collaborations at the University of Bath

The STBAH ACE event has helped facilitate introductions and potential research collaborations at the University of Bath

It was really good to meet other people, many with interests that I would not normally meet. It demonstrates that there is a diverse group of local sustainable companies.
— David Minns, Prime Meridian
It was great to share the capabilities of the University in terms of research and facilities. The number of attendees was well judged, the networking felt considered and well matched.
— Verity Lacey, Lacey Architecture

The Sustainable Technologies Business Acceleration Hub is fully funded through the European Regional Development Fund and provides 12 hours of free business support for startups and SMEs operating in sustainable technology or low carbon innovation. Applications are open to all registered companies based in the West of England. For more information visit the website: