LEEDS INNOVATION HUB
The CGFI Leeds Innovation Hub is a place for financial institutions, academics, climate scientists, and analytics businesses to connect, collaborate, and innovate.
Supporting Innovation and Commercialisation
Hosted at Nexus, University of Leeds, the Hub is a platform to connect wider UK science and innovation with financial institutions, focusing on climate and environmental analytics.
The Hub nurtures and supports a vibrant emerging ecosystem of enterprises providing climate and environmental analytics (CEA) to finance institutions.
It provides a route by which needs are understood and the latest science is made accessible, commercialised, and exported globally, placing the UK as global leader for climate and environmental analytics for financial institutions.
Connecting the financial industry with environmental science
Meet and engage with leading climate scientists, financial institutes, and emerging climate, environment and analytic businesses. Build valuable connections and networks to exchange climate challenges, ideas, and solutions.
Knowledge exchange and raising the bar on application
Our roundtables - convening climate scientists, innovative entrepreneurs and financial sector leaders to share the latest perspectives on green financing challenges. Thought leadership - guiding ecosystem stakeholders with rigorous and empirically-robust insights on challenges faced by financial institutions. Placements - co-funded year-long placements bringing additional expertise, fresh perspectives and extra capacity to your project.
Innovation and early stage business support
Our developing programme of science sprints and hackathons, mentoring, and our early stage business incubator will support startups and growing businesses through every phase of their entrepreneurship journey.
Our ‘Connect’ networking events facilitate connections between industries and networks in the fields of environmental science and finance. These events offer a valuable platform for science, startups, financial institutions to exchange challenges, ideas, and solutions pertaining to the integration of climate and environmental data and research within financial institutions.
The UK Centre for Greening Finance and Investment (CGFI) Annual Forum focuses on the role of data, analytics and innovation in advancing green finance in the UK and internationally. With speakers from industry, government and academia shared perspectives on the future of green finance data and analytics; explored key challenges; and shared their impactful innovations in climate and environmental analytics.
Our roundtable discussions invite all key players to share the latest thinking, to bring a variety of perspectives to a particular green financing challenge. With representatives from climate science, innovative entrepreneurs, and financial institutions, our roundtable moderator will maximise the conversation by organising the discussion.
Our thought-leadership outputs guide science, businesses, policymakers and other key ecosystem stakeholders with rigorous and empirically robust insights into emerging pain points and challenges faced by financial institutions.
Bring new ideas, different skills and innovative thinkers into your business. We support co-funded year-long placements with the aim of bringing additional expertise, fresh perspectives and extra capacity to your project, and for our students to develop practical workplace and life skills, and gain valuable experience.
We offer masterclass programmes, each designed for a specific audience, including financial risk practitioners, and early-stage start-ups.
We support cutting edge CEA FinTech startups to launch innovative products and services.
Leaders and experts in climate science and the financial services industry, our mentors play a crucial role in guiding startups through every phase of the entrepreneurship, ensuring that important milestones and attain success.
The Leeds Hub is a meeting point for researchers, analytics businesses and financial services practitioners to connect and collaborate. Contact us to discuss opportunities including joining our network, attending workshops, to enter challenge competitions and more.
Contact Patricia Grant, Leeds Innovation Hub Manager, for more information.