Monday, December 5, 2022
- Advertisement -
Home Construction HS2 launches search for £50m innovation fund manager

HS2 launches search for £50m innovation fund manager

HS2 Ltd has today launched its search for a manager to run its new capital investment fund for innovation.

The new Innovation Investment Fund, totalling up to £50 million, will be formed as a partnership between HS2 Ltd, the Department for Transport (DfT) and companies from HS2’s supply chain.

The fund manager will act on behalf of partnership members to investigate investment opportunities in the rising starts of UK transport construction, exploring the most inspiring new start-ups to help deliver Britain’s new high speed rail network.


The initiative builds on HS2 Ltd’s successful Innovation Accelerator programme, which has nurtured some of the most promising construction tech start-ups in the UK today. The fund will focus on companies that drive innovative solutions to improve construction efficiency and reduce carbon emissions.

Howard Mitchell, head of innovation at HS2 Ltd said: “HS2 is a strategic national endeavour that is creating opportunities beyond the rail and construction industries, drawing skills, ingenuity and enterprise from across the economy to deliver Britain’s new high speed railway.

“The fund will invest in British start-ups and innovative SMEs, taking a small equity stake in their business, helping them to grow and scale their offering as well as adding value to the UK economy as they develop.”

Due to launch in Spring 2023, the initiative builds on learnings from a similar Public-Private investment fund in the UK as well as funds operating in Germany, Israel, and the United States.

Image credit: HS2 Ltd

image_pdfDownload article

Most Popular

Introducing Kelly Rail’s new Rail Operations Director for the North

Part of telecommunications specialist Kelly Group, Kelly Rail was established in the early 2000s. Today, the business is a principal contractor to all major...

Aberdeen railway station redevelopment officially opened

Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth has officially opened the £8million redevelopment of Aberdeen railway station.  Ms Gilruth joined Alex Hynes, Scotland’s Railway Managing Director, for the event.   The redevelopment project...

Railway line set to reopen after Carlisle freight train derailment

Direct trains between Carlisle and Newcastle and Carlisle and Skipton are set to return this week after the routes were closed by a major...

Driver fined and banned from HGVs after jamming lorry under railway bridge

"The fine and the ban won’t make up for the costs of the disruption but they send a message to other drivers that it’s...
- Advertisement -