As a national storehouse, hub, catalyst, researcher and test-bedder on open innovation principles, Big Innovation Centre helps companies come together to share, cross-learn, co-create and experiment in a non-competitive environment.


They engage in:

  • R&D and feasibility work
  • Business friendly networking
  • Policy influence and public opinion
  • Cross-industry and interdisciplinary solution seeking
  • Maintaining a neutral space
  • Unlocking the value from business purpose

Our approach is to provide a hub for peer-to-peer engagement. We have senior employees from leading companies based full-time and part-time at our Westminster office collaborating on our catalytic projects. We are currently working on putting some of our ideas into practice in test-bed pilot companies.

It is these deep connections that enable the Big Innovation Centre hub of innovative companies and thought leaders to have a significant impact on the companies we work with and the wider business community.



October 2012- International meeting on “What does success look like for innovation and technology centres?”- a joint event of The Technology Strategy Board, The Institution of Engineering and Technology, The Big Innovation Centre and The Economic and Social Research Council with an invited audience of 100 participants involved in developing and using the new UK network of Catapult Centres and invited speakers from similar international organisations.

January 2013– Launch of report ‘Catapult to Success : Be Ambitious, Bold and Enterprising Learning from European technology and innovation centres’ in the House of Lords: Our report is the on Catapult centres’ key performance indicators (commissioned by Technology Strategy Board, IET and ESRC)

March 2013 - Launch of the Innovator’s Column in the Guardian: Joint initiative with the Guardian Media Group to showcase what makes good innovators. Builds upon a score-card produced by the Big Innovation Centre

April 2013 –Global Big Data Week across 20 cities (London, New York; Shanghai; Kuala Lumpur; Moscow) and 16 countries - Big Innovation Centre organizes live streamed debate on “Big Data: A lot to explore but little to share” with the Economic and Social Research Councils (ESRC). 

May 2013 - Hackday with Camden Council organized by Big Innovation Centre with Google, EDF energy, GSK, Barclays, and invited SMEs, academics and data analysts. Aim is to solving issues related to social housing (repair services), health-services (adult care) and street presence (crime).

June 2013 –G8 delegation visits the Big Innovation Hub. Our vision for 2025 is showed in a co-created film “Fastforward 2025” alongside ted-talks from our partners. Big Innovation Centre was selected by Downing Street No 10 and the Department of Business, Innovations and Skills to be among the organizations showcased for the G8 delegation. Subsequently we were featured on the UKTI (UK Trade and Investment) as one of the institutions making a difference in bringing foreign direct investment to the UK.

December 2013 –Big Innovation Centre Presents for the Commonwealth Nations (90 FCO people based in 28 countries and 47 cities around the world) its vision for 2025, showing its G8 film “Fastforward 2025 alongside a panel debate with our partners (organized by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills.

June 2014 –Big Innovation Centre report ‘Towards a Smart Society “ commissioned by Samsung is lunched by Andrew Griffiths, Managing Director of Samsung Electronics UK at the Shard. Subsequently the Smart Britain 1.0: The seven driver of a connected and empowered society is published in December 2014

May 2014– Big Innovation Centre hosts showcase of public data sources at Global Big Data Week across 30+ cities across the world: Big Innovation Centre organizes event on open public data set for private use “UK Big Data: Free and open data available for businesses”. Organised with the Science and Technology Facility Councils (STFC). Repeated in August 2014 with the Cabinet Office of the UK Government. 

November 2014- Big Innovation Centre is cited in the Houser ‘Review of the Catapult network: recommendations on the future shape, scope and ambition of the programme’: “catapult should explore opportunities to tap into the global knowledge base, including through Horizon 2020, the new Framework Programme for research and innovation. The approach to pursuing opportunities for collaboration through international programmes must be strategic and in line with the Catapults’ objectives to deliver real value” (p. 40).

November 2014- Big Innovation Centre joins the Ninth Japan UK Joint Committee on Science and Technology Cooperation led by Sir Mark Walport, Chief Scientific Adviser to UK Government

December 2014 – Big Innovation Centre hosts the UK Digital Summit on Policy and Business for Smart Society with IP Minister Baroness Neville-Rolfe. In collaboration with the Digital Catapult.

March 2015 – Big Innovation Centre report “Technology and Innovation Centres contributing to Europe 2020: How to generate value by strategically engaging in EU activities” is published (commissioned by Innovate UK)

March 2015 –Scale Up Party with innovative companies and organizations, thought leaders and 'what works' open innovators. Announcement of Big Innovation Centre’s catalytic projects (thought leadership, accelerators and innovation promotion). Speeches from special guests including Vince Cable Liberal Democrats MP, Chuka Umunna Labour MP and David Willetts Conservative MP.

March 2015 – Inaugural Thought Leadership meeting with the Big Innovation Centre Thought Leaders to discuss disruptive technologies transforming the future



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