Meet corporate buyers





Connecting innovators to corporates

Top corporates and multinationals (such as ARM, Engie, and Anglian Water) frequently approach us to connect them with innovators in clean technology. If you are a small business member of Cambridge Cleantech, you can benefit from such exclusive business opportunities and introductions, and can showcase your product/service to large corporates through our Meet-The-Buyer events.

How Meet-The-Buyer events work

  • Large companies approach us with a list of technological innovations they are seeking solutions for, perhaps low-carbon innovations in building technology or technologies for hyper-local weather prediction.
  • We work with them to create a needs statement and share this with our members and other clean-tech organisations in sister organisations across Europe
  • Once interested members send in their proposals, each cluster shortlists suitable SMEs from their network and we send a final shortlist to the company.
  • We arrange one-to-one meetings between the corporates and the SMEs which they have shortlisted.
  • Please note: Due to the virus outbreak, all our meetings are currently done online

What is SCALE-UP and how can you benefit from it? 

Cambridge Cleantech is a member of SCALE-UP, a collaboration between existing, successful regional cleantech clusters in Europe. It gives an opportunity for our members to tap into cleantech clusters across Europe. What this means is that you, as a cleantech member, can take your idea to an investor or corporate based in Rotterdam or Brussels and grow your business internationally. Read more about the project here.

Since the SCALE UP project began in 2017, the six cleantech clusters in Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Germany have successfully connected more than 500 innovative SMEs to corporate buyers.

“The meet-the-buyer event went very well and ARM were impressed with our solution. Thanks again for the opportunity – without Cambridge Cleantech, there is no way a company like us can get to the right people!” Bill Munday, Blendology

Meet-the-Buyer Programmes and other opportunities

Clean Growth Innovation Fund – EQUANS

EQUANS UKRI Clean Growth Innovation Fund: iX Challenge Briefing. The 4 challenges include: Industrial Decarbonisation Solutions, Digital Solutions for the Built Environment, Smarter and Greener Places, and Decarbonisation of Heat


NHS is seeking solutions for a zero carbon future

To help find innovative technological ways forward, a new national Small Business Research Initiative (SBRI) in healthcare competition has been launched by NHS England and NHS Improvement. Four category has been announced.

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 24th of August 2021

SOVEREIGN is looking for sustainable solutions

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – SOVEREIGN Group is actively searching for innovative low/zero carbon solutions for road freight transport and warehouses
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 1st of September 2021

Södra is looking for sustainable solutions

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – Södra is actively searching for highly innovative scalable solutions from scale-ups and start-ups within their strategic areas: forest, sawn timber, paper, textiles, chemicals and energy
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 20th of August 2021

First Base is looking for sustainable solutions

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – First Base  is looking for sustainable solutions for their new Cambridge development

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 26th of  April 2021
Cleantech SMEs working in Building-integrated PV solutions, Air quality, EV charging, Water and Energy Efficiency

Shimizu: Present your cleantech solutions

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – Shimizu: Plastic waste management, battery storage for renewable energy, hydrogen generation from water, carbon offset, emission trading and reduction of co2, and insect-tech

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 7th April 2021
Cleantech SMEs looking into scaling up

Meet the Buyer: TIMM ELEKTRONIK – Moving software to the cloud

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – TIMM ELEKTRONIK is looking for a partner to take IntelliLock, the smart access control system for wind turbines, to the next level by moving the IntelliLock software to the cloud.

SMEs in the smart access control sector

Deutsche Telekom: Pitch on energy generation

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – Deutsche Telekom is looking for ways to re-think energy generation as higher energy demand is expected

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 5th Febuary 2021
Anyone involved in re-thinking energy generation and consumption

Meet the Buyer: Finnish consortium – Smart Energy Systems

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – Smart Energy Systems

DEADLINE TO APPLY: 20 January 2021
SMEs in the smart energy services sector

Meet the Buyer: TU Delft & The Green Village

EVENT: Meet the Buyer – TU Delft & The Green Village (NL)
DEADLINE TO APPLY: 20 January 2021
SMEs in energy transition and smart multi commodity grid

UK – Polish TechChallenge

EVENT: UK-Polish TechChallenge
STATUS: Closed
FOR: SMEs in Co2 conversion, carbon capture, waste heat recovery, conversion of plastic waste, sustainable banking