Trial your innovation at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park testbed
Innovators partner with SHIFT to run real-world trials that test and demonstrate the potential of new ideas, technology and products.Apply
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Accelerate Adoption, Amplify Impact
The real-world, controlled environment at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park offers the ideal conditions to test, trial and demonstrate innovative potential.
Prove your concept by gathering real-world data and evidence
Accelerate R&D by rapidly testing and adapting in a supportive, derisked environment
Increase visibility with media coverage and civic, public and private engagement
Make your innovation more fundable, scalable and effective
What’s included in a trial?
SHIFT works in partnership with local networks to open access to the area, giving innovators from all backgrounds an unrivalled opportunity to demonstrate their solution.
“Our trial was a really important milestone, enabling us to test the service with the public at a large and busy site for the first time.”
David Barwell, Capri
“We received substantial support from the public to tackle the issue of bike theft, as well as feedback to enhance the user-friendliness of our tech.”
Josh Liu, Mosa
“Our partnership has effectively demonstrated how innovation and inclusivity can go hand in hand to achieve greater social impact.”
Marion Marincat, Mumbli
Who Can Apply?
We welcome innovators from all backgrounds working on city-based innovation in the climate emergency, health and wellbeing, or mobility sectors.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a startup, a big company, a university or community group — we can help make your solution an everyday reality, faster and with greater impact.
Test prototypes in a controlled environment purpose built for rapid research and development.
Demonstrate the scalability of established products at the district level, engaging new audiences and entering new markets.
Gather real-world data that brings the impact of academic research to life.
Explore new ways to improve outcomes for the local community, shaping innovation with local knowledge and lived experience.
How to Launch Your Trial
SHIFT trials are designed to accelerate the scale up of innovative concepts, technology and products. Every trial follows the same five-step process:
Get in touch via our short application form, and we’ll arrange a chat.
Tell Us More
If it sounds like a good fit for both sides, we’ll ask you to submit a more detailed application form.
If approved, we’ll work with you to finalise the plans for your trial.
We’ll keep in touch throughout the trial to support your progress.
Learn and Grow
Post trial, we’ll work with you to evaluate learnings and share your story.