Global Business Innovation Programme with Hyderabad & Chennai, India: Urban Systems

About This Event

Helping you grow, scale and commercialise your business by connecting you with world-leading Urban System stakeholders in India


What is the Innovate UK Global Business Innovation Programme?

The Global Business Innovation Programme (GBIP) with Hyderabad & Chennai, India, in Urban Systems is a funded offering organised by Innovate UK as part of UKRI and delivered by Innovate UK EDGE, to help innovative UK businesses explore global opportunities to grow and scale. 

Consisting of a three-phase programme - (1) get ready for the market, (2) visit the market and (3) exploit the opportunity, the GBIP is designed to provide you with valuable insights to gain detailed market knowledge, introductions and cultural benefits to enable you to effectively access a market with new collaborations and partnerships, which businesses would find challenging to obtain by themselves. 

You will receive invaluable wrap-around support by an expert Innovation & Growth Specialist, who will help your business maximise the opportunities identified, including developing innovation projects with partners in the territory.


Why take part in our Global Business Innovation Programme to India in Urban Systems?

Over the next 30 years, some 400 million people are expected to move into urban environments across India. This presents major opportunities and challenges, which are captured in part by the Government of India’s ‘100 Smart Cities’ mission.

The vision is bold and far reaching, striving to promote core infrastructure elements in large urban areas, such as good water and electricity supplies, sanitation, and affordable housing.

This initiative to India is relevant for businesses that focus on delivering net zero solutions that address the following types of challenges:

  • Citizen engagement and sustainable behaviour change
  • Intelligent buildings and housing
  • New energy solutions
  • Improving urban health
  • Smart mobility
  • Urban infrastructure, planning and transportation
  • Water and waste management
  • Circular economy

The benefits of being involved with this in-market programme include a visit to both Hyderabad, the capital of Telangana, and Chennai, the capital of Tamil Nadu. Both cities have well-developed innovation communities and rank highly in smart city indices - with Chennai being a more mature smart city market, whilst Hyderabad is earlier stage and rapidly developing.

These areas of interest identified reflect the opportunities for participation and joint working relationships between the UK and India, and supports the wider work in both cities by other parts of the UK government innovation ecosystem.


How does the Global Business Innovation Programme work?

The GBIP is structured around three main phases and each business will have a designated Innovate UK EDGE Innovation & Growth Specialist to support for the duration of the offering, including developing an action plan to capitalise on the opportunities identified.

The three main phases of the Global Business Innovation Programme are:

Phase 1: Getting ready for the market

Pre-activity briefing workshop to build knowledge and a deeper understanding of the Indian market, network with the other participants, and identify challenges and opportunities including how to do business effectively, develop cultural awareness, protect your intellectual property, and improve your pitch when meeting with various potential partners (one day workshop).

Phase 2: Visiting the market

Explore the innovation, R&D, and business opportunities in India through meetings with key companies, potential partners, and other relevant stakeholders (five day market visit to Hyderabad & Chennai, India).

Phase 3: Exploiting the opportunity

A post-visit workshop and one-to-one support from an Innovate UK EDGE Innovation & Growth Specialist to help your business take advantage of the opportunities identified.


Key Programme Dates


Who is this Global Business Innovation programme best suited for?

Are you an innovative UK business, looking to explore international partnership opportunities to help bring your ideas to commercialisation, within the Urban System sector - then this programme is for you!


  • Be registered in the UK
  • Small or medium-sized business (can have up to 500 employees)
  • High-growth innovative businesses with ambitions for global growth
  • Senior decision-maker or CEO in the company should attend

Businesses must directly benefit from participation in the programme and have the necessary resources that can clearly articulate their objectives and ambition for participation.  

Innovate UK is committed to ensuring that anyone from any background has an equal opportunity to be successful. We welcome applications from underrepresented groups and will do our utmost to make reasonable adjustments.

Places will be allocated based on those businesses most aligned with this suitability criteria. 


What is the cost?

Innovate UK and Innovate UK EDGE will fund and organise flights, accommodation, in-market travel, and conference fees for successful applicants. They will also pay for any reasonable adjustments throughout the initiative.

Only one representative from each company will be funded. On acceptance to the initiative a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each delegate, which will be refunded on completion of the full activities and agreed action plan. Non-completion after formal acceptance may result in forfeiting some or all the commitment fee.


COVID-19 safety measures and travel restrictions

The safety of our delegation is our top priority. As the public health guidelines and laws concerning COVID-19 and associated variants continue to change, we will continue to work with local health authorities to follow the health and safety guidelines in place for India at the time of the event.

Successful applicants will be expected to fully comply with any conditions of travel to India at the time of travel, as well as any local regulations on face covering and social distancing. As such, you might be required to provide proof of vaccination, and/or a negative COVID-19 test ahead of travelling to India. You must have valid travel insurance covering any COVID-19 aspects.

If the COVID-19 conditions restrict us to travel to the market, other arrangements may need to be considered for the in-market programme. 


How can you apply?

To submit your application, please click the 'Apply Here' button at the top or bottom of this page. The Global Business Innovation Programme has a competitive application process where only the best applications will be successful following an evaluation process. 

The online application takes approximately one hour and must be completed and submitted in a single sessionTo facilitate the process, we have created a Word document, which you can download and pre-populate with your answers. You can then paste these answers into the online form and submit your application. To download the Word application form, please click here.

The application deadline is Tuesday 19 April 2022, at 3pm. 

All applicants will be notified of the outcome of their application by w/c Monday 25 April 2022.

Please note:

  • Only 15 places are available for this programme and one delegate per company is permitted to attend
  • This is a competitive selection process. All applications will be reviewed and assessed
  • The delegate should be the CEO or senior decision maker in the company 
  • All stages of the GBIP are mandatory to attend
  • Once successful a commitment fee of £500 will be obtained from each delegate. This will be refunded on completion of the full activities and agreed action plan

Due to high demand, our application process is highly selective. We strongly encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Please also note we will not be able to provide individual feedback on applications. 


Contact us

Have a question about the event? Email our team at 

Join Waiting List