Partner events

There are a large number of events covering numerous cleantech sector themes and Rushlight Events is, of course, a key provider in this market.  We are pleased to be able to tell you about the events of our partners and supporters, as we have a large number of collaborators who also put on excellent events to support cleantech companies and the deployment of sustainable solutions.

Clean + Cool Mission 2020

On 15th January 2020, Clean + Cool GBIP, an entrepreneur mission backed by Innovate UK, is returning to the San Francisco Bay Area.

We’re looking for 15 CEOs from the UK’s most exciting and ambitious clean and sustainability tech companies, who wish to:

– Find new global partners and opportunities 

– Get ongoing support from an internationalisation and innovation specialist 

– Join a community of heroes on the same journey 

You need to be looking to develop international innovation partnerships for collaboration and commercialisation in the US.

To help you achieve this, you’ll spend a week at the centre of world-leading clean and sustainable technology invocation and investment. During the Cleantech Forum and throughout the week you’ll: 

  • meet prospective international partners and build relationships
  • gain insights to help grow your innovation faster 
  • learn about emerging market opportunities and local innovation ecosystems
  • develop your pitch and profile   

For more information and details on how to apply for your place on the Clean + Cool Mission, click here.

Stronger Clean + Cool Stories – 14 October

Helping clean + sustainability technology businesses get the attention they deserve, so we get to net zero faster.

Join us for a day of TED-style talks from the UK’s leading communication experts to share:

– Practical know-how

– Real-life examples

– One-to-one advice

Speakers include:

John Elkington Volans – World authority on sustainable development

James Murray | BusinessGreen Editor – Uk’s leading source of information for the green economy

James Ruane | National Grid – Brand Director

Andrew Schein | Behavioural Insights Team – Associate Research Advisor: Energy and sustainability

Jon Card | Business Journalist – Guardian, Telegraph, The Times

Kat Thomas | One Green Bean – Helping Sky Ocean Rescue #PassOnPlastic

Joe Wade | Don’t Panic – Award winning ‘Concrete Jungle’ creators

Anna Guyer | Greenhouse PR – Launches for Moixa and Pivot Power

Jim Bowes | Manifesto – Building websites that drive action

Chris Todhunter | Studio Republic – Branding for sustainability

Stronger Clean + Cool Stories is being put on with support from Clean + Cool, the UK’s leading programme for clean and sustainable technology entrepreneurs, BusinessGreen, the UK’s leading source of news on the green economy and Innovate UK, the Government’s innovation agency.

To secure your place, we ask for a £99.00 ticket deposit. The deposit will be refunded to all attendees who check-in at the registration desk on the day of the event.

Refreshments and lunch are provided.

Go to to register


Futures 2019: Cambridge Cleantech Annual Conference – 10 July

Theme: ‘The Role of Clean Growth, Innovation and Sustainability’

Follow us on @CamCleantech for updates. #CleantechFutures

Conference hashtag: #CleantechFutures

Join the Cambridge Cleantech Annual Conference, Futures 2019, to hear world-renowned experts battle the all-important question – can we both ensure the 1.5 C target is achieved and enable a prosperous economy? During this day-long conference, you will hear from experts in the field about how clean technology can help to overcome global challenges to create a more sustainable, clean growth future. This year’s theme is: Futures 2019: The Role of Clean Growth, Innovation and Sustainability


Innovation loans: July 2019 open competition

Loans of between £100,000 and £1 million are available for game-changing innovations with strong commercial potential that will significantly improve the UK economy.

  • Competition opens: Monday 8 July 2019
  • Registration closes: Wednesday 11 September 2019 12:00pm

Innovate UK is offering up to £10 million in loans to micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Loans are for highly innovative late stage projects with the best game changing and/or disruptive ideas or concepts. There should be a clear route to commercialisation and economic impact.

Projects should aim to develop new products, processes or services (or innovative use of existing ones) believed to be significantly ahead of anything similar in the field.

See for more details.

£10M available in innovation loans, opened yesterday, and a number of briefing events coming up that I would encourage those thinking about loans to attend one.

23 July 2019

Brighton briefing event at Brighton Fusebox

24 July 2019

London briefing event at America Square

24 July 2019

Online briefing event

25 July 2019

Sheffield briefing event at Eagle Labs

30 July 2019

Warrington briefing event at Daresbury STFC

31 July 2019

Birmingham briefing event at Innovation Birmingham

11 September 2019 12:00pm

Registration closes

18 September 2019 12:00pm

Competition closes


SET 2019 – The 18th International Conference on Sustainable Energy Technologies will be held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia on the 20-22 August 2019

For more information about the conference, please visit:

The conference will be attended by leading scientists, researchers around the world. We have organised an exciting event in the beautiful city of Kuala Lumpur and the opportunity to tour the city and several interesting sites.


Fuel and Energy Research Forum’s Biennial:

1st FERIA Conference, The European Conference on Fuel and Energy Research and its Applications,  the successor to the ECCRIA series of conferences, 

at the University of Nottingham on 14th-16th September 2020.

This is a conference announcement and call for abstracts.  Further information is available on the Conference website,



Old events

The ECO Innovation Showcase – 6 February

The ECO Innovation Showcase is co-hosted by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Sustainable Energy Association. The event itself will provide an opportunity for those with innovative measures to meet obligated suppliers to discuss potential collaboration. The showcase will consist of a number of innovation pitches from a range of manufacturers, installers and suppliers to an audience of obligated suppliers. There will be sufficient time to network and build relationships which we hope will support the deployment of innovation through ECO.

The showcase will take place on Wednesday 6th February 2019 from 13:00 – 17:00 at the BEIS Conference Centre, 1 Victoria Street.

As a way of introducing the event, as you know obligated suppliers have the opportunity to deliver up to 10% of their obligation through delivering innovative measures to eligible households and this event will provide an opportunity to network with a wide range of stakeholders as well as hear pitches from interested innovative solutions and learn more about how the new ECO innovation routes will work.

The agenda for the event will be confirmed shortly although we anticipate that those pitching will have up to 5 minutes to highlight the benefits of the solution to obligated suppliers such as yourselves. It will include presentations from both BEIS and OFGEM about the innovation routes and will provide time for networking and more detailed discussions on the new ECO Innovation routes.

More information about innovation in ECO can be found here: Ofgem will also shortly be publishing more detailed guidance on innovation.

You can now register your interest in attending by clicking on the following LINK.


Energy Efficient Buildings & Thermal Energy Storage Systems (TESSe2B Workshop) – 24 January 2019

You are invited to an all-day workshop on Energy Efficient Buildings & Thermal Energy Storage Systems (TESSe2B Workshop). The workshop will be held in the University of Nottingham, University Park Campus on Thursday 24th January 2019. The full agenda will be circulated shortly. This is a FREE event and places are limited so please register & book your ticket through Eventbrite here:


London Build (October 23rd & 24th, Olympia London), the leading and largest construction & built environment show for London

London Build features: 240+ speakers across 8 conference theatres (Future London, London Design, BIM & Digital Construction, Sustainability, Interior & Fit-out, Innovation, Skills Hub and Fire Safety), 220+ CPD knowledge sessions, 300+ exhibitors across 9 exhibition zones and a range of exclusive free-to-attend networking events including: Constructing Excellence Breakfast, Constructionline Meet the Buyer, Women in Construction Morning Tea, BIM Open Mic, an Oktoberfest beer festival, the Festival of Construction, prize giveaways, celebrity guests and much more.

Register your free tickets today:

Cleantech Venture Day

Cambridge Cleantech is now inviting applications for its annual pitching-and-investment event, Cleantech Venture Day, to be held in London on 31st October. Twenty companies will have the opportunity to pitch to an audience of experienced investors and corporate innovation leaders, all looking for investment or collaboration opportunities in emerging clean technologies. The deadline for sending in applications to pitch is 21 September 2018, and full details are here:

Cleantech Venture Day 2018 is a fantastic opportunity for cleantech enterprises looking to secure funding. Since the event was launched in 2006, more than 220 companies have pitched at Cleantech Venture Days, generating over €600m in investment. This year’s event, hosted through a collaboration between Cambridge Cleantech and the Nordic Innovation Accelerator, is a unique opportunity for both companies and investors to participate in one of Europe’s most established and successful pitching and investment days.



Celebrate the work of environmental professionals, network with current and aspiring environmental professionals, meet representatives from the Society’s 25 Constituent Bodies, learn from insightful expert lectures and discover how to register as a CEnv or REnvTech – all on World Environment Day 2018.

The Society will announce the winner of the prestigious Environmental Professional of the Year award for 2018 and give delegates the opportunity to hear expert talks from speakers including:

  • Professor Ian Boyd – Chief Scientific Adviser, DEFRA
  • Dr Costas Velis – Marine Litter Expert, University of Leeds
  • Dr Emyr Roberts – Former CEO, Natural Resources Wales
  • Professor Paul Leinster CBE CEnv – Professor of Environmental Assessment, Cranfield University and former CEO of the Environment Agency

5th June 2018 4.00pm – 9.00pm. Arup, London.

For more information and to register your attendance, please click here.



Innovation Gateway 2017 is now open

The Innovation Gateway is an alliance of organizations across sectors working in partnership to reduce the risk and cost of adopting high-impact solutions to transform their buildings. The corporates involved are Heathrow, Carillion, Royal Bank of Scotland, University of Cambridge, Unite Students, Kingfisher plc and Lancaster University. The partners are redefining how large corporates can collaborate and work collectively to source and accelerate the uptake of innovation.

The aim of the Innovation Gateway is to provide SMEs, startups, and entrepreneurs who have a solution towards a more resource efficient future with a chance to get in front of key decision makers at UK blue-chip organisations, at no cost. They are always on the lookout of start-ups that are interested in accessing UK Corporates to gain credibility and trial their ideas in a real business situation. The first round of 2017 is now open and they are looking for solutions to:

  • Predicting plant and equipment failures
  • Reducing water use and waste
  • Improving the maintenance of gutters
  • Innovative insulation solutions
  • Reducing use of electrical energy in buildings
  • Portable heating & cooling

Go to their website and sign up today!