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Thames Deckway Summer Newsletter

A refreshed approach and new supporters!

We've had an exciting 6 months completing our business activities supported by Innovate UK and preparing for fantastic opportunities with new partners. As we head into the second half of the year we'll be continuing to develop new opportunities for growth and working on new strategies within our product and service design.
Wrapping up support and getting into the flow

In 2016/17 we won two awards from Innovate UK. The first, titled Infocus Women in Innovation recognised our Co-Founder Anna Hill as a major contributor to female-led innovation in the UK and awarded our project with financial support, mentorship, and access to a network of stakeholders. The second award, Design Foundations, helps start-ups such as ours validate our markets by using user-centric design thinking to align our product with customer needs and demand.
Both awards have now concluded successfully and accelerated our progress and innovation capacity by building strong foundations with our future users, markets and partners. This helped us prepare and refine our investment offering by working with customers, end-users partners and supporters. We would like to thank the Department for International Trade, our mentors and advisors for their time and valued expertise working with us during these exciting and challenging activities. 

TFL workshop January 2018
We generated further user insights by hosting a joint workshop with Transport for London. The workshop engaged both existing and new stakeholders to ensure our product and service delivers maximum benefit to all.
TFL workshop participants. Photo by Leon Cole
Our workshop - co-hosted by Michael Barratt and Anna Hill - included key stakeholders such as emergency services, engineers, designers, constructors, manufacturers, equipment suppliers, environmentalists, cycle groups, disability representatives, utility consultants, river managers, waste managers, and residents.

The workshop received positive feedback and furthered our stakeholder reach as we gained fantastic insights and fresh input from our valued and diverse end-users. Once again, we are grateful to all those people who gave up their time and expertise to support our company’s development.
Preparing for new support
While old support has now concluded, new support and partnerships are on the horizon from two fantastic initiatives that aim to make London more sustainable. The first is the Better Futures incubator, an initiative funded by the European Regional Development Fund which works with partners to help encourage investment in small and medium sized businesses focused on low-carbon development in urban spaces. Through this initiative we will be supported by the cleantech and innovation work stream and Imperial College consultants to help support the Mayor of London's commitment to growing the city's green economy and reducing its carbon emissions to zero by 2050.
We’re also delighted to have been accepted onto the London & Partners’ Business Growth Programme, an initiative supported by the Mayor of London which helps unlock business potential by identifying barriers to growth and provides strategic solutions including mentoring, workshops, business growth advice and opportunities across their London network.
View of the river Thames from More London Business Growth Programme #LondonIsOpen
New business collaborations
In May we kicked off our work with Abraham Gilbert on a groundbreaking AI data project that involves democratising public data for social, environmental and health benefits. We’re looking forward to an exciting collaboration ahead. 
Above: Anna Hill meeting with Abraham Gilbert May 2018
Networking and business development events
We’ve been busy these last few months expanding our network of stakeholders, including important riverside stakeholders such as COIN Street Community Builders on London’s Southbank and Vauxhall 1.
In March we attended the Knowledge Transfer Network’s investment workshop and pitched at the Women in Innovation: Changing Perceptions, Inspiring Growth event at the Banking Hall in the City of London. We continued our support for female-led innovation by joining the International Women’s Day celebration at the House of Commons on the 7th March.
In the same month we met dynamic speakers and fellow entrepreneurs at the British Embassy in Paris including Tech City UK and London and Partners. Thanks to DIT Paris for their support and interest in engaging our participation in "The next generation of Franco-British tech trailblazers”.
Anna Hill Presenting at Innovate UK Women in Innovation event: changing perceptions, inspiring growth
In April and May we continued building our network of supporters, mobilising investment, engaging customer interest and increasing our capacity to scale. This included attending events with the British and Irish Trade Alliance (BITA) and Newable, and pitching at investment events such as the Business Green Technology and Investment Forum at the Future Cities Catapult.
In May we continued our focus on investment by attending the knowledge building series on fundraising at City Hall and participated in the London Sustainable Development Commission’s workshop gathering insights from Women in Cleantech to find more sustainable solutions to overcoming barriers in this important sector.
We were also happy to re-engage with Design Foundations for their Breakthrough Innovations event which showcased some of the other fantastic projects that had taken part in their programme. We met with Peter Murray who hosts the Active Transport Summits at New London Architecture to discuss progress. Last, but certainly not least, we attended the Virgin StepUp mini-accelerator programme on the 23rd and 24th May supported by the European Union Development Fund to assist SME’s such as ours to scale rapidly.
NLA model – New London Architecture (NLA) is London’s Independent centre for debate and discussion about the future shape of the capital
In June we attended London Tech week. An action packed series of events and talks kicking off with an upbeat BITA network celebration lunch. On the 12th June we attended an event titled the Air that (We) Breathe, hosted by Future Cities Catapult which focused on airborne pollution. On the 13th June the London Sustainable Development Commission hosted an amazing group at City Hall for the Women in Clean Tech event with a stellar line up of speakers including Dr Hayaatun Sillem CEO of the Royal Academy of Engineering and Juliet Davenport, CEO Good Energy.
Penny-farthing Bicycle displayed at the London Cycling Awards
In June we were also delighted to be invited to the London Cycling Awards at the historic Guildhall to celebrate inclusive cycling achievements hosted by the London Cycling Campaign the City of London as part of the City Cycling Festival 2018. We would like to extend our congratulations to TFL’s Michael Barratt for well-deserved recognition of his hard work in the Keeping London Moving award and to all the other awardees and supporters of the festival present.
The London Cycling Awards and City Cycling Festival 2018
Moving swiftly north on a late train to Liverpool we participated and exhibited the Thames Deckway in the UK Innovation Hub at the International Business Festival on 14 June for Sustainable Energy Day where we met customers, exhibitors & speakers working in this sector. We look forward to exciting new collaborations ahead. We were proud to be one of three cycling-focussed solutions and innovations at the exhibition and were able to catch up with old friends and be introduced to new customers and collaborators including the 2030Hub Liverpool.
Lastly, In July we’ve kept busy despite the hot weather by attending the Thames Estuary Summer Network event and the TFL Under Pressure Conference at Kings College London.
Exhibiting at the International Business Festival in Liverpool
It’s all about impact!
Whilst we negotiate our next phases working with new partners, it’s our values and the impact of our work on environment and health issues that motivates us most. Our clean transport and energy innovations have the potential to save lives, and create a new sense of freedom within the city and along our waterways. This is what gets us up and out in the morning!
We seek to raise awareness and take action on cycling safety, air pollution and urban health. We also seek to increase awareness of the links between our environmental, physical and mental health.
If you share our environmental and humanitarian values and are interested in partnering with us please get in touch!
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