i-innovation-gateway i-arrow-left i-arrow-right i-scroll i-facebook i-twitter i-linkedin i-close i-close-old i-arrow-down i-announcement

Case Study

The University of Birmingham is a part of the prestigious Russell Group. Founded in 1900 as the UK's first civic university, today it is recognised as a truly global institution excelling in research and teaching.

The Project

‘Living Lab: Net Zero Carbon Lodges’ is one of the University’s flagship research and innovation projects.

This initiative promotes innovation, bringing together joint expertise between professional services, academics, and industry to transform five on-campus properties into unique zero- or low-carbon, fully functional, living lab houses.

The intention is to upgrade the buildings in partnership with a broad range of technologies, materials and construction partners to turn the five houses into showcase projects, which can be reproduced at scale.

Our Approach

In response to the brief we identified, designed and delivered a phased timeline of activities and outputs, which included:

  • Designed an innovator selection process.
  • Creating a marketing campaign engaging a targeted list of innovators via email and social media channels
  • Building an online submission process including web pages and application form.
  • Compiling data on all interested innovators and implemented IG’s 3-step innovator review process for shortlisting (initial review, formal assessment, shortlist).
  • Coordinating innovators and UoB at each stage of the in-person pitch event programme, which was set up and managed by IG.

Outcomes achieved:

Innovation Sourcing

41 innovators engaged from initial outreach.
24 innovators shortlisted for the Pitch Event.

Innovation Partners

13 innovators identified to be of significant interest from the Pitch Event.

Wider Partnerships

Identified funding opportunities with local organisations.
Evolving pipeline of Partners as the project develops.

University of Birmingham Testimonials

Latest news from Innovation Gateway

Get in touch today

Turn your Net Zero strategy into action