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Published today Designing an Accelerator for the Construction Sector (9 March) is a practical guide to supporting start-up firms and entrepreneurs within the built environment sector - to help them thrive, and work towards the goal of building a resilient and sustainable future.
Enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub (the Hub) the report details the positive impact accelerators can have on new companies - supporting entrepreneurs and enabling new services and products to enter the market. 

The report was prepared for the Hub by Stewart McTavish, Chief Platform Officer at Deeptech Labs, who has worked with the Hub on a project investigating how best to accelerate innovation in the construction sector with a focus on start-ups in the areas related to Platform Design for Manufacture and Assembly (PDfMA).  

It sets out the key elements to consider when designing an accelerator highlighting learning from the creation of the Deeptech Labs accelerator and venture fund in Cambridge as well as the experiences entrepreneurs and investors in the construction sector who were interviewed. 

Henry Fenby-Taylor Head of Information Management at the Centre for Digital Built Britain, a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub, said: “We’re proud to publish the ‘Designing an Accelerator for the Construction Sector’ report. Innovation in the built environment has never been more important. This report demonstrates the diverse and vibrant start-up ecosystem that exists in the built environment sector. 

“The findings highlight the need for developing accelerator programmes for start-ups to support and boost business growth – along with the key elements that need to be considered when designing the programme.

“By investing in start-up companies and entrepreneurs throughout their business journey, together we can step-up efforts towards creating a sustainable digital built Britain.”