New innovation ‘accelerator’ centre for construction and real-estate sectors launched in Royal Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich and Impulse Partners have announced plans for a new ‘Accelerator’ centre in London, aimed at partnering with innovative businesses large and small from across the globe in the construction and real-estate industries.

The Accelerator, to be known as ‘Impulse London’, will be located in Royal Greenwich and will work closely with Digital Greenwich, the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s specialist Smart City innovation team.

Impulse London is an open innovation initiative which aims to attract the most innovative and exciting companies in the construction and real estate sectors, allowing them to test new applications and services in Greenwich. Greenwich is already a test site for driverless vehicles.

Accelerators bring together businesses and corporate decision makers to provide support, coaching and opportunities to businesses and SMEs to share innovation in a common field, enabling entrepreneurs and businesses to work in a community of like-minded entrepreneurs.

As well as offering hands-on assistance to companies, accelerators also provide a platform for project sharing, networking as well as facilitating direct contact with investors who specialise in a particular industry.

Impulse London joins five sister accelerators already operated by Impulse Partners in Paris, which all tackle issues concerning infrastructure, construction building and real-estate – Impulse London is their first venture into the UK.

Announcing the partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Thomas Le Diouron, Co-Founder of Impulse Partners, stated: “We are delighted to be working with the Royal Borough of Greenwich and the Digital Greenwich team. The Royal Borough of Greenwich is a leader in smart city innovation and has created a successful environment for businesses in their innovation centre in Greenwich. Our initiative will create new opportunities for companies from Greenwich, Europe and beyond to work with some of the leading real estate, construction and infrastructure stakeholders. We will facilitate opportunities for UK companies to work in France and as well as creating the opportunity for international businesses to locate in Greenwich.”

Councillor Denise Hyland, Leader of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, said: “Our partnership with Impulse Partners confirms the Royal Borough is a prime location for technology businesses. Our work on smart city innovation, the proximity of leading universities and their graduates and our position at the heart of London’s growth, together with a dynamic business environment, are creating exciting new opportunities and is central to our future economic growth. I am delighted that the highly successful Impulse Partners has selected Greenwich as the location for their first Accelerator outside of Paris. This is very exciting news that will bring new jobs and economic activity to Greenwich. It further reinforces my belief that cities have a key role post Brexit in attracting investment from Europe and beyond.”

Leslie Depond, CEO and Co- Founder of Bulb Things, a fast growing UK SME in the field of asset management, already based in the Greenwich Innovation Centre, said: “We are excited by the launch of Impulse London as it will enrich an already great ecosystem at Digital Greenwich. Coming from the analytics and IoT space, we believe there will be many collaboration opportunities with these other start-ups and the rest of the community on many topics like Digital Construction or Plant 4.0. So, we are very much looking forward to these creative exchanges!”

Self-repairing concrete, big data, the Internet of Things (IoT), energy efficiency, augmented reality, robotic and autonomous systems and smart city innovation are some of the latest innovations to impact on the construction industry, creating new opportunities to increase productivity, minimise the environmental footprint of buildings, minimise costs and create new markets.

The number of innovations is increasing and enhance every aspect of the life of a building – from scanning with drones the soil on which it is built, to robots cleaning the air in the bedroom, this limitless array of innovations has ever increasing impact, whether during the construction of the building or in the user-experience of the people who live or work in it.

Businesses interested in learning more about this initiative should contact:

Digital Greenwich – Laetitia Regnault, International Business Development

E: laetitia.regnault@digitalgreenwich.com

Impulse Partners – Thibault Lecerf, Accelerator Manager

E: thibault.lecerf@impulse-partners.com

 

Media enquiries should be directed to:

Zoe Davies, Communications Officer, Royal Borough of Greenwich

T: 020 8921 6262

E: zoe.davies@royalgreenwich.gov.uk

 

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About Impulse Partners

Impulse Labs develops unique ecosystems bringing together startups and key corporate decision makers in the field of construction and real-estate. Impulse Labs successfully launched 5 accelerators dedicated to construction & energy, digital conception, well-being through the built-environment, social housing and digital real-estate. Hitherto, more than 130 startups and 30 partners such as EDF, St Gobain, Vinci, Bouygues Construction, BNP Paris Real Estate, Renault, Lafarge, have beneficiated from this programme.

For more information about the accelerator go to  www.impulse-labs.fr/en/

About Digital Greenwich

The Royal Borough of Greenwich launched its Smart City strategy on 22 October 2015. This set out how the Council proposes to implement ‘smarter’ approaches to coping with the challenges ahead, and to create new opportunities for businesses and local communities, securing business regeneration and growth.

Digital Greenwich is the Royal Borough of Greenwich’s in-house team setup to develop and implement its smart city strategy. For more information go to www.digitalgreenwich.com

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