Technology Developer Accelerator Programme
Funding and support to grow your business
Our Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) is here to help accelerate early-stage transport technology concepts to market. Through TDAP, we provide up to £135,000 of combined grant funding, technical support and business mentoring to help start-ups, spinouts and SMEs bring their innovations to life.
Access to expert advice
Over an 18-month phased programme, we work with businesses to give their innovations the boost they need. Alongside grant funding for technology development, participants work with the APC and our delivery partners to focus on five key areas of development: new product development, market strategy, intellectual property management, investor readiness and networking.
Companies that have completed TDAP have benefitted from developing prototypes and product demonstrators, finding new routes to market, developing new partnerships, and strengthening their strategies and business plans. Many have gone on to take significant external investment and accelerate their routes to commercialisation.
Who is eligible?
TDAP supports ambitious UK-based micro, small and medium-sized companies that can benefit from programme activities, APC engagement and programme team expertise.
Applicants must be developing an innovative automotive-related technology, product or service which could support the shift to zero-emission vehicles or to net-zero carbon automotive products.
Showcasing fantastic businesses
Selection for TDAP is a competitive process that sees applicants pass through rigorous assessment, selection and ongoing gateway processes driven by the APC and our hand-picked independent industry experts.
Not only does this ensure that we work with some of the most exciting concepts coming through the early-stage innovation pipeline, it also acts as a signal to the outside world that these companies are high-quality concepts with great teams behind them.
Here’s what some of the companies we’ve supported have to say…
TDAP enabled us to go from purely academic research, to a commercially meaningful and functioning entity.
TDAP gave us access to specialised automotive consultants which helped us define our value proposition, find our target market, our position in the value chain, what our business model was, how to be profitable and to write a business plan to enable us to raise further investment and grants.
TDAP has been absolutely fundamental for our company. It’s been the seed funding that has enabled us to develop an awful lot of subsystems that go into our battery modules. Every single battery module we make will be using those subsystems that we’ve developed on TDAP.
It’s really the seed from which our entire company will grow.
TDAP gives you the financial support, which is quite a small part of the overall benefit of being on TDAP. It gives you the tools and the resource to be able to execute and see the opportunity there is for a proper profitable business which can grow, develop and expand into the future.
This process lays the foundations to be able to do that.
See the projects we’ve funded so far
We’re proud of the portfolio of organisations we have supported through TDAP. We’ve been able to support fantastic early-stage companies, all the way through to some highly-innovative established SMEs.
Want to chat to the team?
If TDAP sounds like the support your business needs, we’d love to talk to you. Use the form below to get in touch with us and a member of the team will get back to you to discuss how we can work together.
To get in touch with a member of the team…
Advanced Propulsion Centre