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The Local Council Roads Innovation Group (LCRIG) has announced an exciting new addition to the Innovation & Learning Festival in July: The LCRIG Start-Up Zone. This opportunity is designed to provide opportunities for small and emerging businesses to showcase their innovative solutions and pioneering technologies.

The Start-Up Zone will provide funded places for eligible small businesses and start-ups to demonstrate their cutting-edge products and solutions. This initiative aligns with LCRIG’s commitment as a Community Interest Company (CIC) to give back to the highways community and support collaboration and innovation across the sector.

Opportunities for Start-Ups

In 2023, LCRIG welcomed more than 600 delegates across the two days. With 230 representatives from 80 different highway authorities from across England, Scotland and Wales, as well as the Department for Transport (DfT), academia, industry associations, the supply chain and media.

The LCRIG Start-Up Zone offers an exceptional package for qualifying small businesses:

  • Inclusion in event literature and promotional activities.
  • Access to the event community and list of attendees.
  • A dedicated space within the Start-Up Zone, including a trestle table and chairs, space for up to two roll-up banners, and a delegate pass for both days of the festival.
  • Opportunities to network with senior decision makers, representatives from local authorities, DfT and National Highways during the festival and at the evening networking event.

Eligibility Criteria

To qualify for a space in the Start-Up Zone, applicants must:

  • Have under 5 employees.
  • Have been trading for 5 years or less.
  • Have an annual turnover of less than £1.5 million.

How to Apply

It is anticipated that there will be a high demand for this opportunity, therefore interested Start-Ups are encouraged to apply promptly. The application process is straightforward, and LCRIG will notify successful applicants via email.

The deadline to apply for this opportunity is Monday 10th June 2024.

Further information and the application form are available here (

Kerry Winstanley, Finance & Operations Director at LCRIG, said:

“We are incredibly excited to introduce the Start-Up Zone. This new addition to our festival highlights our commitment to innovation and supporting the next generation of industry leaders. We look forward to seeing the innovative ideas and solutions that Start-Ups will bring to the festival.”

The Innovation & Learning Festival will take place at NAEC Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, from 02-03 July.