Equans, the corporate energy & facilities management advisory offshoot of French-parented power giant Engie, is backing two British start ups in IT, targeting energy efficiency and grid management.

In a first for the multinational, half of the cash is UK public money sourced from the Clean Growth Innovation Fund, in which Equans partners with Innovate UK, the government’s impressarios for talent in new tech.

Beneficiaries of today’s public-private largesse are:

  • OnGen promotes energy efficiency for SMEs and Britain’s “Mittelstand’ equivalent. Its digital platform provides feasibility assessments to support the decarbonisation of buildings, campuses, and factories. Rapid spotting of openings to reduce costs and carbon emissions are its focus.

Innovate UK’s grant funding supports delivery of a specific R&D project within either company.  Equans is also taking undisclosed equity stakes in both fledgling firms, enabling their expansion

The Clean Growth Innovation Fund launched in 2019, tasked to dispense up to £4 million to pioneering, UK-based small and medium sized enterprises, which offer promise and ability in speeding Britain’s progress towards Net Zero by 2050.

The fund benefits from Innovate UK’s expertise as the UK’s national innovation agency, supporting business-led innovation, whilst utilising Equans’ scale and expertise in developing commercial opportunities and maximising value from solution-oriented investments.

Equans’ CEO UK & Ireland Jean-Philippe Loiseau said: “We are proud of this unique partnership with Innovate UK and look forward to working closely with both Grid Edge and OnGen as we collectively invest in the common goal to reach net zero.


Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here