We are delighted to be able to thank the following for their generous support of the Rushlight Summer Showcase 2019:

Lead Sponsors

Innovate UK

innovate-uk-logoInnovate UK is part of UK Research and Innovation, a non-departmental public body funded by a grant-in-aid from the UK government. For more information visit www.ukri.org.  Innovate UK drives productivity and economic growth by supporting businesses to develop and realise the potential of new ideas, including those from the UK’s world-class research base.  We connect businesses to the partners, customers and investors that can help them turn ideas into commercially successful products and services and business growth.  We fund business and research collaborations to accelerate innovation and drive business investment into R&D.  Our support is available to businesses across all economic sectors, value chains and UK regions.


Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy

beisThe Department for Business, Energy, and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. The Chancellor has recently committed a substantial real terms increase in government investment in research and innovation, worth £2 billion per year by 2020-21 to support research and innovation across the UK. In the energy sector, government has also committed to increase the UK’s innovation spend, such that by 2021 it will have doubled to over £400m per year.  This includes support for initiatives like the Energy Entrepreneurs Fund, which was recently re-launched with a further £9m to support disruptive low carbon SMEs.


Department for Transport

The Department for Transport works with its agencies and partners to support the transport network that helps the UK’s businesses and gets people and goods travelling around the country. It plans and invests in transport infrastructure to keep the UK on the move. The Department is doing more than ever before to improve the UK’s natural environment by reducing emissions from transport, tackling air pollution and protecting wildlife and habitats. The Department launched the Future Fuels for Flight and Freight Competition in April 2017 to encourage private sector investment in the development of advanced fuel production facilities and increase the domestic production of low carbon fuels.


Venner Shipley LLP 

Venner Shipley is a leading firm of European intellectual property attorneys and lawyers. We are a modern forward-thinking firm with a long history and a vast amount of experience in relation to all aspects of patents, trademarks and IP law.

We are experienced in advising on how your IP rights may be used to deter competitors, to attract investment, generate income or even to reduce tax bills. Our attorneys take the time to ensure that clients understand all of their options for gaining protection, as well as the costs and timescales involved, whether they are a start-up, SME or multinational. We also have a specialist team of intellectual property lawyers and a barrister who are able to advise on legal issues.

Flanders Investment and Trade

Flanders Investment and Trade is a government development agency at the Belgian Embassy in London. We provide confidential expert advice on doing business on the European continent.  Our services are tailored to your business needs and are free of charge. We can help you find the right location and get you in touch with suitable specialists or partners. Flanders Investment and Trade will guide you through our tax incentives and available grants to maximise opportunity. Feel free to contact us on flandersinvestmentandtrade@flanders.co.uk  or +44 (0)207 307 77 10 regarding any query on doing business in Europe.

Granted Consultancy

We are Granted Consultancy, an experienced team of UK and EU grant funding specialists. Granted has the expertise to manage the full range of non-dilutive funding options – our grant writing, project management, training and tax credit services allow you to focus on your business. Our sectoral experience spans across Advance Manufacturing, CleanTech, Digital, Future Transport, Health & Life Sciences, Robotics & AI and Tech. Since 2010 we have developed a demonstrable track record of successfully securing funding and to date have secured over £75m of UK and EU grant funding for a number of R&D projects. At Granted we thrive on learning about new technologies and innovative business models, so if you have an ambitious project get in contact with our team to give your business the best chance of securing grant funding.


With over 1,600 staff, 200 partners and 11 offices, Shoosmiths is one of the largest independent law firms in the UK.  It is well-known for its work in energy, renewables and infrastructure, which is one of the firm’s core sectors.  The firm acts for numerous SMEs, investors, funds and government-backed entities in this field.  This includes: numerous EEF-funded SMEs (as formal legal advisor to the EEF incubation services consortium, appointed by BEIS), the Connected Places Catapult (incorporating Future Cities and Transport Catapults), and the manager of the National Digital Infrastructure Fund.  What sets Shoosmiths apart is its pragmatic, accessible and friendly approach, and its use of AI and innovative solutions, to assist and support its clients at whatever stage and size of their business.  Shoosmiths was awarded the 2018 National Law Firm of the Year (at the Legal Business Awards) and the 2019 Corporate and Commercial Firm of the Year in the field of venture capital (at the Legal 500 Awards).

Prova PR

Prova is the UK’s leading environment, energy and clean technology communications consultancy. We’re known worldwide for creating extremely powerful marketing campaigns that deliver commercial advantage and drive business growth.  Whether building brand reputation, supporting new market entry or debating policy on a pan-European scale,  no other PR firm has the same experience, knowledge or passion.