United Utilities Launches Innovation Lab 2.0

United Utilities, based in the U.K., has launched its second accelerator programme to help innovative businesses grow and develop their solutions through a collaborative approach.

Following last year’s successful Innovation Lab programme, which saw seven companies developing their ideas, United Utilities has started the application process looking for its second cohort. The Innovation Lab offers a unique opportunity for innovative businesses to collaborate with the water company, helping to tackle key business challenges.

Those successful in gaining a coveted place in the Lab will be co-located and work closely with United Utilities to test, develop, improve and demonstrate their product or service in a live customer environment over a 10-week period. 

In addition, the programme will enable the successful applicants to build relationships with senior United Utilities executives, potentially leading to longer-term commercial partnerships. 

This year each category is focussed on how innovative companies can help them develop their Systems Thinking plans and improve service performance addressing the following challenges:  

  • Connected Customers: Technology and connected devices can help provide a world class service to customers as well as helping them be more in control of water usage in their home
  • Empowered, Knowledgeable Colleagues: United Utilities is a people-driven business and it wants to focus on finding new ways of enabling employees to share best practice and knowledge across the organisation
  • Right Information, Right Place, Right Time: United Utilities is adopting a centralised “systems thinking” approach, allowing it to operate and monitor its assets as an end to end network. Currently, UU has a large amount of data from multiple sources. What solutions can help it improve data management and provide greater insights to the right person, in the right place and at the right time? 
  • Future of Water: What will the water company of the future look like? Do you have a technology that can help provide sustainable, cost effective and relevant services for water customers? Can you help improve services such as reducing leakage, internal and external sewer flooding or minimising disruption to customers? United Utilities is interested in hearing about ideas and technology that can help it meet the challenges of the future.

United Utilities is accepting applications until April 15, 2019. For more information about the innovation lab, visit thewebsite.