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Innovate UK: case studies

Success stories featuring businesses that have received funding and support from Innovate UK.

These stories show how Innovate UK helps businesses test and develop innovative ideas across four sector groups. They describe how funding and support from Innovate UK has helped them become successful.

The video clips below offer a taste of what is being achieved by some of the ambitious, fast-growing businesses that feature in our success stories.

Emerging and enabling technologies

nquiringminds: making cities smarter places to live and work

nquiringminds: making cities smarter places to live and work

  1. Dressipi: fashioning your own digital wardrobe

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  2. HiETA: lightweight heat recovery technology through 3D printing

    • Case study
  3. Next-generation bank tops £200 million capital

    • News story
  4. Young innovators recognised in Forbes 30 under 30

    • News story
  5. UK firms find European partners to help them grow in new markets

    • Case study
  6. OpTek Systems: firm wins Queen's Award for its export success

    • News story
  7. Charity Engine: power of home PCs harnessed as one supercomputer

    • Case study
  8. PragmatiC: business wins major investment for flexible circuits

    • Case study
  9. Improbable: digital firm raises $20 million from US backers

    • Case study
  10. iGeolise races to its destination with time-based search

    • Case study
  11. nquiringminds: making cities smarter places to live and work

    • News story
  12. Mastodon C: helping big cities to solve planning challenges

    • Case study
  13. Magic Pony Technology: Twitter buys start-up for $150 million

    • News story
  14. Sainsbury's trials Dearman's world-leading cooling technology

    • News story
  15. Aridhia: powering medical research and care at home and abroad

    • News story
  16. Apical: imaging and computer vision firm bought for $350 million

    • News story
  17. Ambiental: mapping flood risks from above the rain clouds

    • Case study
  18. Photocentric: firm develops award-winning 3D printing technology

    • News story
  19. PragmatIC: welcome to the world of electronic flexible stickers

    • Case study
  20. Shadow Robot: a helping hand to achieve independent living

    • Case study
  21. Bare Conductive: original paint technology opens a digital world

    • Case study
  22. Snap Fashion: digital business revolutionising the way we shop

    • Case study
  23. Demand Logic: startup can unlock energy performance in buildings

    • Case study
  24. Oxitec: business accelerates its fight against dangerous viruses

    • Case study
  25. DigitalAssess: web application could raise standards in schools

    • Case study
  26. Signal Media: start-up transformed by university collaboration

    • Case study
  27. Keyboard app developer Swiftkey bought by Microsoft

    • News story
  28. Avanti: pioneering satellite communications across the world

    • Case study
  29. Unmade: unique start-up puts clothing design into hands of wearer

    • Case study
  30. Crowd Connected strikes the right note with music festivals

    • Case study
  31. Triskel Marine: developing an innovative hybrid propulsion system

    • Case study
  32. WallJAM: novel rebound ball game spurs youngsters to get active

    • News story
  33. Synapse: connecting business spreadsheets in the cloud

    • Case study
  34. Portal Entertainment: Hollywood buys into facial recognition

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  35. StepJockey: health app developer wins £600,000 private investment

    • Case study
  36. 2-DTech: taking graphene out of the laboratory into big business

    • Case study
  37. Nine UK companies get set for Space Mission to the United States

    • News story
  38. Success story: sharp-eyed innovation that captures all the action

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  39. Success story: nanoceramics could cut UK's lighting bill by 20%

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  40. Success story: Internet of Things drives better roads maintenance

    • Case study
  41. C-Enduro: A boat that goes the distance

    • Case study
  42. Smart-home business bought by British Gas for £65 million

    • News story
  43. Shoothill: using Twitter to visualise flood data

    • News story
  44. Low-cost hologram technology coming to a street corner near you

    • Case study
  45. Robotics success story: ‘the hand that thinks for itself’

    • Case study
  46. Unlocking the potential of the Internet of Things

    • Case study
  47. 3D scanning: Measuring how wounds heal

    • Case study
  48. Electro-conductive materials: switching people on to science

    • Case study
  49. Data innovation: iGeolise turns distance into time

    • Case study
  50. Mendeley shares scientific research to build a better future

    • Case study
  51. Rezatec leads in satellite data innovation

    • Case study

Health and life sciences

Entia: hand-held blood-testing lab for cancer care patients

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  1. Saturn Bioponics: UK success just the start for 3D crop-grower

    • Case study
  2. ‘Living medicine’ cancer therapy starts clinical trials

    • News story
  3. Jellyfish collagen pioneers set up biomaterial plant in Wales

    • News story
  4. Spin-out sets the pace with real-time, running style retraining

    • Case study
  5. Aviva deal boosts investment for UK breathalyser diagnosis firm

    • News story
  6. Entia: hand-held blood-testing lab for cancer care patients

    • News story
  7. Microchip firm senses opportunity to bridge the technology gap

    • Case study
  8. Innovative natural ingredient could help prevent diabetes

    • News story
  9. Ella’s Kitchen: transforming the organic baby food market

    • Case study
  10. Phynova: firm targets global markets with novel food ingredient

    • Case study
  11. Isansys: demand grows for wireless patient monitoring system

    • Case study
  12. Saturn Bioponics: novel growing system quadruples crop yield

    • Case study
  13. Chiaro: UK tech company develops pelvic floor exercise tracker

    • Case study
  14. Censo Biotechnologies: global growth through stem cell innovation

    • Case study
  15. Seating Matters: new chair technology is a life changer

    • Case study
  16. Isansys Lifecare: transforming the way we keep an eye on patients

    • Case study
  17. Adorial and C4X Discovery: combined firm powers drug discovery

    • News story
  18. Sphere Fluidics: biotherapeutics device attracts $7m investment

    • News story
  19. Isansys: wireless technology helps to save children’s lives

    • News story
  20. NHS in Wales uses SBRI scheme to improve healthcare planning

    • Case study
  21. Success story: novel imaging system guides surgeons to cancers

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  22. Success story: magnetics offer a safer future in cancer care

    • Case study
  23. Success story: informatics holds clue to 21st century health care

    • Case study
  24. Success story: Puridify heralds new generation of biotherapeutics

    • Case study
  25. Discuva: Leading the global search for new lifesaving antibiotics

    • Case study
  26. LED 'sleep mask' helps prevent sight-loss

    • Case study
  27. Schizophrenia treatment: funding enables next-stage trials

    • Case study
  28. Assisted living: reinventing locks to support vulnerable people

    • Case study
  29. Regenerative medicine: a new therapy for stroke patients

    • Case study
  30. Medical imaging: diagnosing dementia earlier

    • Case study
  31. Organ donation: new technology preserves life at the margins

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  32. Genetic lego: a step-change in DNA engineering

    • Case study
  33. Saving crops: new technology harnesses nature to protect harvests

    • Case study

Infrastructure systems

Delta Motorsport: micro-turbine charger boosts market appeal of electric vehicles

Delta Motorsport: low carbon technologies help business to grow

  1. Upside Energy: balancing peak supply and demand for electricity

    • Case study
  2. Cumulus aims to transform the renewable energy market

    • Case study
  3. Indian deal gives UK firm a foothold in Asian smart cities

    • News story
  4. Connected Cities Mission: a showcase of UK innovation talent

    • News story
  5. Sunamp: firm takes new battery technology to vehicle market

    • Case study
  6. Gaist: firm quadruples staff thanks to roads management system

    • Case study
  7. Barrnon Ltd: business opens new market in nuclear decommissioning

    • Case study
  8. Red Ninja: business transformed after taking part in challenge

    • Case study
  9. Whitefox Technologies: biofuel breakthrough in North America

    • Case study
  10. Perpetuum: self-powered rail safety technology drives jobs growth

    • Case study
  11. Beattie Passive opens new factory to meet demand for retrofit

    • Case study
  12. Green innovation: recycling waste into building blocks

    • Case study
  13. Ceres Power: fuel cell business makes manufacturing breakthrough

    • Case study
  14. Whitefox Technologies signs US deals for its cleantech system

    • News story
  15. Smart Reamer: drilling technology can cut costs for oil explorers

    • Case study
  16. Dearman: clean and cold power firm wins £16 million investment

    • News story
  17. £5,000 grant helps RypeOffice get low-carbon furniture to market

    • Case study
  18. Innovate 2015 backs Oaktec's novel gas-powered engine with 'cash'

    • News story
  19. Dearman: Technology firm drives a cold and power revolution

    • Case study
  20. Success story: safer, more efficient battery powers growth

    • Case study
  21. Solar powered charger connects rural villages to the world

    • Case study
  22. Innovators lead the way in hydrogen fuel cell technology

    • Case study

Manufacturing and materials

Promethean: scaling up for a nanoparticle adventure

Promethean: nanoparticle products go into full-scale production

  1. Drive System Design: motoring ahead with expansion in the US

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  2. Novel hybrid aircraft prepares to resume flight test programme

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  3. 'Brain' for driverless cars: Oxford spin-out wins FT award

    • News story
  4. North East manufacturers thrive on knowledge transfer programmes

    • Case study
  5. Innovative fibreboard recycling firm attracts £250,000 investment

    • News story
  6. Promethean: nanoparticle products go into full-scale production

    • Case study
  7. Transvac: game-changing technology opens $2 billion global market

    • Case study
  8. Delta Motorsport: low carbon technologies help business to grow

    • Case study
  9. PAB Coventry: new metal techniques bring big rise in turnover

    • Case study
  10. Taranto: R&D helps business save £100,000 and attract customers

    • Case study
  11. Mech-Tool Engineering: partnership brings savings and business

    • Case study
  12. Impression Technologies: firm attracts £6 million for new plant

    • Case study
  13. Gordon Murray: Formula One design comes to mass car production

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  14. Amfax: laser technology improves quality control

    • Case study
  15. New Aston Martin DB11 features UK firm's low-carbon innovation

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  16. Power controller steals a march on the electric vehicle market

    • Case study
  17. Bladon Jets: innovative mobile and low-cost generator takes off

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  18. IPC Mouldings: innovative plastics company is flying high

    • Case study
  19. Sigma Precision: saving weight for aero-engine manufacturers

    • Case study
  20. KTP programme helps Northern Ireland generate business growth

    • Case study
  21. Micro-turbine charger boosts market appeal of electric vehicles

    • Case study
  22. Innovation funds help Rolls-Royce to open new factory in Bristol

    • News story
  23. Ariel Motor Company founder receives Autocar award for innovation

    • News story
  24. Gordon Murray Design: poised to revolutionise the cars we drive

    • Case study
  25. Rapita Systems: testing new safety systems for cars and aircraft

    • Case study
  26. Oxsensis: optical tech firm senses aerospace opportunities

    • Case study
  27. Humaware: novel prognostics can save aircraft maintenance costs

    • Case study
  28. Airbus Innovations: lasers point way for airborne data download

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  29. Jaguar Land Rover: manufacturing more resource efficient cars

    • Case study
  30. Aerospace: supply chain seeks alternatives to hazardous chemicals

    • Case study
  31. Versarien: pre-revenue to £5 million in 3 years

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  32. Success story: Magnomatics friction-free gearbox nears production

    • News story
  33. Success story: F1 technology finds a way into buses and diggers

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  34. Success story: diamond-coated saws offer cutting edge in global market

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  35. Aerospace manufacturing: speeding up winglet production

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  36. Helping SMEs grow with funding and business support

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  37. Energy efficient cooking: LoCooker steams ahead

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  38. Sheffield steel technology saves lives on frontline

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  39. Clever engineering: macrete bridges the technology gap

    • Case study
Published 28 October 2014
Last updated 29 September 2017 + show all updates
  1. Added new case studies.
  2. These case studies of successful funding for innovative businesses have been updated and rearranged to reflect the 4 sector groups through which Innovate UK's support is organised. They are: emerging and enabling technologies; health and life sciences; infrastructure systems; manufacturing and materials.
  3. Added latest case studies.
  4. Latest case studies from March 2017 added.
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  7. New success stories added, with video embedded in the introduction.
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