Dragons’ Den session at LCNI 2018


Invitation for SMEs and start-ups to participate in a new Dragons’ Den session at LCNI 2018.

By Energy Systems Catapult, BEAMA, Energy Innovation Centre and Innovate UK.

LCNI 2018 will see the launch of a Dragons’ Den session for the SMEs exhibiting on the Innovation Hub. From the applicants, up to six SMEs will be selected to exhibit on the Innovation Hub and take part in our Dragons’ Den event on the afternoon of 17 October. The Dragons’ Den session is one of the highlights of the 2018 LCNI Conference programme and will allow SMEs to pitch their project ideas to a panel of senior managers from the Gas and Electricity Networks who will judge the proposals. A seed fund of £10,000 has been put forward by Innovate UK and ENA’s gas and electricity members for the winner or winners to further develop a full proposal for a Network Innovation Allowance (NIA) project.

A brief description of your project proposal will be required within your application and based on this, the event sponsors will choose the successful participants.  The projects put forward should align with the set of priority cross-vector areas identified by the gas and electricity networks, please see below.  Further information on these can be found at: Electricity – Gas

Gas and electricity innovation focus areas

  • Whole system planning & forecasting
  • Network resilience
  • Flexible networks
  • Communications
  • Power to gas
  • Community Energy

Once selected, we will then work with exhibitors to develop their Dragons’ Den sales pitch.

Innovation Hub at LCNI Conference

In addition to taking part in the Dragons’ Den session, successful applicants will be allocated a stand on the Innovation Hub, which is being sponsored by The Energy Innovation Centre, BEAMA, Energy Systems Catapult and Innovate UK.  Companies will also receive one free pass to the Conference and Exhibition.  The 2018 event will offer a unique opportunity for innovators: to raise their profile, develop relationships, gain insight into the needs of the UK’s gas and electricity network operators and seek funding opportunities. The innovation showcase zone will provide a great position for SMEs to exhibit their innovative solutions for the industry at a major UK event.

To be considered for a place on the Innovation Hub, click on ‘book your place’ to complete an application form. Closing date for applications is 31 August.

More information on the applications and eligibility criteria.


Start date: 16 Oct 2018

End date: 17 Oct 2018

Location: The International Centre, Telford, Saint Quentin Gate, Telford, UK