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HS2 launches Innovation Accelerator initiative to drive new ideas for the project

Published 25th Jun 20 - by Emily McBride

School Partner HS2 Ltd has launched a new start-up ‘Innovation Accelerator’ – a call out for entrepreneurial ideas that can help drive project efficiencies and create wider long-term economic benefits around the scheme.

Focused around HS2’s three innovation challenges: productivity, the environment, and the circular economy; the launch of the Innovation Accelerator is a call-to-arms for individuals or firms with bright ideas to help deliver Europe’s largest infrastructure project.

The online portal will be open for one month.

Launching the portal, HS2 Head of Innovation Howard Mitchell said:

“I encourage individuals and firms of all sizes – from start-ups and budding  entrepreneurs to established businesses – to go online and share their ideas with HS2.

“The construction of HS2 will show the world the very best of British skills, innovation and ambition. We hope that the Accelerator programme, which is an innovation itself, will both offer new ways of delivering HS2, but also generate new jobs, technology and opportunities.”

Products already delivered by HS2’s wider innovation programme have included devices for protecting site workers’ hearing and a device to ensure maintenance of distanced working while COVID-19 restrictions remain in place.

HS2 Innovation Accelerator – Link to portal & how to apply