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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

Rapid decarbonisation of all modes of transport and the development of hydrogen fuel as a clean and renewable energy source are vital to alleviating the climate crisis and achieving Net Zero.

Funded by the West of England Combined Authority in partnership with the world-leading centre of excellence IAAPs, this programme aims to accelerate innovation and commercialisation in sustainable transport and low-carbon hydrogen production in the West of England.

It covers all areas of sustainable transport, including the decarbonisation of all road, marine, rail and air vehicles and fleets, as well as the development of hydrogen as a green fuel and its storage infrastructure.

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, support to raise private equity investment and grant funding alongside an academic collaborator, masterclasses and networking and one-to-one clinics with advisors and academics in the field.


Funded by:

West of England Combined Authority

Delivered by:

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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).

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