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The EIC  is seeking 10 innovative SMEs with cutting edge technologies or solutions to join them at this year’s Utility Week Live. 


To tie in with the event’s theme for 2020, ‘Utility of the Future’, the EIC is looking for innovators that can showcase technology which will aid the UK in meeting net-zero decarbonisation targets by 2050. 


The EIC Innovation Zone will form part of one of the utility industry’s leading events which is taking place in Hall 3 of Birmingham’s NEC on 19-20 May. Each interested innovator is being asked by EIC to submit an application form to be considered for inclusion on their stand.


As part of their presence, each innovator will be provided with a branded zone that will not only allow them to showcase their work, but also give them an unprecedented opportunity to network with some of the industry’s biggest players. 


In addition to hosting the Innovation Zone, the EIC will also be hosting The Electricity Zone with four of its DNO partners (Scottish & Southern Electricity Network, SP Energy Networks, UK Power Networks and Northern Power Grid) and National Grid Electricity Transmission. The stand will focus on collaborative working and the unified approach to driving transformation in the sector.


Denise Massey, Managing Director at the EIC, said, 


“By showcasing innovators with the potential to drive the industry towards net-zero, we are looking to stimulate discussion on the challenges faced by the utility industry and the game changing tech that could drive decarbonisation. Not only that, we also want to promote the need for robust cross-sector collaboration – this being the only way the UK will reach its ambitious net-zero targets. It is vital that we develop a properly facilitated framework for innovation and collaboration, driven not only from the top down, but by SMEs and technical experts who understand the issues on the ground. Our Innovation Zone will be the perfect platform to facilitate a wider discussion on the industry’s next steps when it comes to net-zero.”


Particular areas of focus for discussion in the Innovation Zone will include decarbonisation, customer experience, digitalisation, skills and workforce, and regulation and its impacts on the sector. 


How to apply


If you would like to join the EIC at Utility Week Live 2020 you can apply by filling out this survey.


Innovators responding to this opportunity should clearly state why they are best placed to join the EIC at Utility Week Live, providing examples of relevant technologies and demonstrating their relevance to the theme of The Utility of the Future.


Interested SMEs should note that the successful applicants will be subject to EIC’s standard terms and conditions and will be required to pay a subsidised attendance fee of £775 + VAT.


The cut-off date for submissions will be Friday 13th March 2020. Successful applicants will be contacted by Friday 20 March 2020. 


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