Calling all small and medium enterprises!

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.

If you are a small medium enterprise (SME), you are challenged to present your innovation to tackle the issues surrounding resilience, mitigation or, carbon reduction within the flood sector to an expert panel of judges.

In no more than 800 words, describe the innovation and please explain how your idea unlocks one (or more of the following): advances in flood modelling or mapping, improves flood resilience and helps communities plan for climate change, brings use of data and technology to the floods sector, or helps the floods sector meet its drive to carbon net zero.


Robert BramwellCarr // Tetra Tech Europe
head of flood risk management
Tetra Tech Europe
Andrew Leadbetter // WSP
technical director
Ruth Ellis // Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Unit Manager, Flood Risk Management Planning and Policy
Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA)
Steven Tupper // Environment Agency
flood and coastal risk management manager
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?

If you have a solution to flood risk that delivers improved resilience, cuts carbon or improves productivity and project efficiency? Then we want to hear about it! 

Please submit your entry by Friday 10 March.