New Civil Engineer is launching an Innovation Accelerator at this year’s Flood Resilience conference.

The conference will showcase the latest thinking on flood prevention strategies with case studies and best practice, but the Innovation Accelerator will shine a spotlight on technologies developed by SMEs to deliver on the industry’s ambitions.

At NCE’s Flood Resilience event on 19 April our shortlisted companies will be given the chance to pitch live their innovation to tackle the issues surrounding resilience, mitigation or, carbon reduction within the flood sector to an expert panel of judges and other delegates at the event.

Judges will then put questions to the candidates before deliberating over the winner who will be announced at the end of the day.


Robert BramwellCarr // Tetra Tech Europe
Andrew Leadbetter // WSP
Ruth Ellis // Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Steven Tupper // Environment Agency
Innovation accelerator 2023 – Key Dates
Entry deadline
Online judging
Shortlist announcement
Shortlist presentations and winner announced

Our judges will be looking for evidence of:


The originality of the idea and potential impact on the flood sector


Potential for your innovation to be used more widely both in the UK and internationally to solve challenges faced by the flood sector


How does your innovation improve efficiency, financial cost or carbon cost of an overall project?


How does your innovation position you as an industry leader and why should other projects take the lead from your development?


How have you worked with the wider industry to develop your innovation and what further plans do you have to broaden your collaboration?