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Let’s go further, smarter, cleaner, faster together

Specialist low carbon business support

Support to scale your business

Accelerate the development of your products & services

Work with expert mentors & academics

About the Programme

The Government’s UK Hydrogen Strategy estimates that by 2050, the hydrogen economy could create up to 100,000 jobs and £13bn of GVA, while the British Energy Security Strategy (April 2022) committed to doubling the UK’s ambition to produce low-carbon energy by 2030 and designing, by 2025, new business models for hydrogen transport and storage infrastructure.

Funded by the West of England Combined Authority the Hydrogen Sustainable Transport Economy Accelerator will be based at the IAAPS facility at the Bristol & Bath Science Park, and aims to foster and accelerate the growth of the hydrogen economy cluster in the West of England.

It offers a new package of innovation, investment, and growth support for start-ups and SMEs in the sector, including access to our online community via the Innovation Platform, networking opportunities, one-to-one clinics with advisors and academics in the field, and access to collaborative research and development.

The Hydrogen Sustainable Transport Economy Accelerator is poised to significantly advance progress in reducing emissions to achieve the region’s net zero aims while creating the skills and jobs needed for a wider transition to a green economy.


Funded by:

West of England Combined Authority

Delivered by:

SETsquared logo


Who should apply?

The Accelerator is open to companies that are innovating with clean hydrogen and/or sustainable transport and propulsion – across all sectors including marine, automotive, aerospace, heavy-duty, and off-highway vehicles.

We welcome applications from organisations that are an SME, a start-up, an individual entrepreneur with a registered business, Sole Trader, Partnership Organisation, Limited Company (Ltd) or Community Interest Company (CIC, CIO). Applicants do not need to be associated with SETsquared’s partner universities in any way.

Fully funded places on the programme can be awarded to businesses that: are either currently based or have a part of a supply chain in the West of England which includes Bath, North and North East Somerset, Bristol, and South Gloucestershire; have identified or would like to find potential partners/networks in the area; want to explore business opportunities to collaborate, do research or develop new products in partnership with hydrogen and sustainable transport companies in the area; or are actively considering working and accessing opportunities in the area, including those that are interested in potentially relocating their operation (or some of it).

Masterclass Sessions

We’ve developed a series of masterclasses which will be delivered by our expert mentors, to cover a range of essential business topics which will help you to accelerate the growth and resilience of your business. These are free to take part in and are delivered by skilled, knowledgeable facilitators.

Upcoming Masterclasses:

Tiny Tech: Giant Client – Strategies for start-ups engaging with corporates, 17th January, 14:00-15:00, Online.

This SETsquared Masterclass explores strategies for attracting the interest of big companies, managing technology demonstrations and evaluations, and ultimately winning their business. Nick Rimmer, director at Telegraph Materials, will be leading this session. Nick helps companies and investors to bring novel materials-science-based technologies to international B2B markets, by providing services including product-market fit assessments, technology due diligence, market exploration, and developing business models.

We will be welcoming both accelerator members and non-members onto this masterclass.

To find out more and register, Click Here.

Grant Funding – How to write a powerful grant response, 7 February, 09:00 – 13:00, online.

This Masterclass, delivered as part of the Hydrogen & Sustainable Transport Economy Accelerator (HSTEA) Project, covers the intricacies of bid writing and applications, as well as sharing general hints, tips, and hacks to guarantee funding success. Drawing on his 30 years of experience of successful national and international bid writer, Kevin Brooks will be leading this Masterclass, also offering also an opportunity for a 1-to-1 session with him afterwards.With limited space available, this will be on a first come, first serve basis.

For more information on this event, Click Here.

To sign up, please select your chosen masterclass(es) in your Expression of Interest below, and a member of our team will be in touch with your next steps.

Expression of Interest

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SETsquared is a partnership between

  • University of Bath
  • University of Bristol
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  • University of Surrey