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Innovate UK: case studies

Stories of businesses that have received funding and support from Innovate UK, developed new products and services and achieved growth.

These stories show how Innovate UK helps businesses test, develop and demonstrate innovative ideas.

They describe how funding and support has helped them to achieve their ambitions and become successful - from growing a start-up, expanding capabilities or supporting a move into new markets.

Company expansions and jobs

Signal Media, the text analytics and data science business, grew from 2 staff in a garage to employing more than 30 people at offices in East London within 2 years.

Signal Media: start-up transformed by university collaboration

Upside Energy, which has developed smart-grid technology that eases peak-time pressure on the National Grid, has big plans to expand its workforce.

Upside Energy: balancing peak supply and demand for electricity

Global trade opportunities

Ella’s Kitchen sells its organic baby and toddler food in countries including Norway, Sweden and the US, boasting a global turnover of $100 million.

Ella’s Kitchen: transforming the organic baby food market

Whitefox Technologies, a cleantech engineering company, gained a foothold in the US biofuel industry and connecting and working with Pacific Ethanol.

Whitefox Technologies establishes foothold in US biofuel industry

New facilities and capabilities

Run3D is building a franchised network with its technology to help professional athletes and other keen runners to avoid injury and improve performance.

Run 3D running gait analysis helps athletes avoid injuries

Ceres Power established a high-speed production line to scale up manufacturing of its innovative fuel cell.

Ceres Power: high speed print line helps scale up fuel cell production

  1. Qioptiq opens £3.7 million warehouse to support armed forces
  2. New million-pound production unit will tackle global diseases
  3. Spin-out sets the pace with real-time, running style retraining
  4. 'Brain' for driverless cars: Oxford spin-out wins FT award
  5. Promethean: nanoparticle products go into full-scale production
  6. Impression Technologies: firm attracts £6 million for new plant
  7. Innovation funds help Rolls-Royce to open new factory in Bristol
  8. Beattie Passive opens new factory to meet demand for retrofit
  9. Ceres Power: fuel cell business makes manufacturing breakthrough

Private investment and capital

Snap Fashion’s visual search engine allows consumers to find fashion items using photos they have taken or found online. Investors include Time Inc, the publisher of Marie Claire, InStyle and LOOK.

Snap Fashion: digital business revolutionising the way we shop

Chiaro - the developer of the wearable, connected pelvic floor exercise tool, Elvie - has attracted millions in capital, which is helping it to expand its product line and move into new markets.

Chiaro: UK tech company develops pelvic floor exercise tracker

Working with industry leaders

Dressipi worked with Arcadia Group, Marks & Spencer and Shop Direct to create personalised online experiences for shoppers.

Dressipi: fashioning your own digital wardrobe

iGeolise’s online platform - which allows search by travel time and transport mode - has attracted clients including Countrywide, Zoopla, JobSite and OpenTable.

iGeolise races ahead with time-based search

World firsts and world-leading

SwiftKey is one of the UK’s most successful start-ups, with its predictive texting app installed on more than 350 million devices worldwide.

Game Changers: Jon Reynolds - SwiftKey

Avanti deployed the world’s first satellite 3g backhaul service in partnership with Vodafone - a move that’s helped it to take a global lead in a sector worth hundreds of millions of dollars.

Avanti: pioneering satellite communications across the world

Published 28 October 2014
Last updated 27 July 2018 + show all updates
  1. Added new case studies with Innovate UK-supported businesses Cygnet Texkimp, iProov, Jellagen and Qioptiq.
  2. Reorganised the page to make it clearer what each business has achieved. Case studies are now ordered by: company expansions and jobs; global trade opportunities; new facilities and capabilities; private investment and capital; working with industry leaders; and world firsts and world-leading.
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  4. 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.
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