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Ventures

We invest in ideas and organisations that have transformative impact on the built environment, and sustainable development at their core
We invest in ideas and organisations that have transformative impact on the built environment, and sustainable development at their core

Arup Ventures is our business for supporting the development, commercialisation and scaling of early-stage companies seeking to transform aspects of the built environment for the better. We look to work with ambitious founders, applying our deep and broad expertise, strategic insight, and extensive industry networks to help them overcome challenges and reach new milestones.

In parallel, we run a venture building programme, taking our own commercial innovations to market through IP licensing and spin-outs. Doing it ourselves allows us to create impact at a scale beyond consultancy, and to understand first-hand the challenges that founders face.

Arup has consistently set the bar for innovation as a leader in the AEC industry. Arup Ventures enables companies like us to benefit from the massive knowledge and experience that comes from the company‚Äôs industry leadership to more effectively navigate a market value chain notorious for its complexity. ” Andrew Lindsey CEO, Flexnode

How we can help

Our trusted brand, deep-rooted culture of collaboration, and unparalleled access to domain expertise position us uniquely to help companies grow. We work with founders to identify key challenges or strategic opportunities for our technical, commercial or strategic input, and then deliver this support on an investment basis under a range of models including for equity or revenue share. We do not invest capital.

Every investment is different, but we generally contribute across three areas. We are responsive, agile and supportive:

  • Knowledge – deploying our industry-leading expertise, IP and know-how to support activities including product development, pilot delivery, regulatory assistance and commercial strategy.

  • Reach – using our global footprint and relationships with major players across a diverse set of markets to support activities including customer testing and access to new markets and geographies.

  • Influence – leveraging our influential members and links with key research bodies, policy makers and professional institutions to raise profile and support strategy through board and advisory positions.

Explore our ventures

Re:Co

Re:Co

Re:Co Insights is a company building a SaaS platform that goes beyond  ESG reporting, translating data into actionable insight and elevated performance for investors and their portfolios. Drawing on extensive data and deep domain expertise, we are helping Re:Co build out technical functionality that aims to put the company in a market-leading position.

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Concretene

Concretene

Concretene is a startup developing graphene additives for concrete to increase strength and reduce curing periods, permeability and microcracking. We are supporting at a strategic level, providing market insights and connections to clients, institutions and events, as well as technical input in relation to aspects such as product performance and assurance. Our involvement aims to accelerate and better focus Concretene’s route to market.

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Flexnode

Flexnode

Flexnode is a startup developing ultra high-density modular data centre technology. We are supporting the company through a range of specialisms – MEP and IT Networking, Fire Safety, Acoustics, Sustainability, and Operations & Maintenance – to develop its products and deliver its first pilot. We have connected the company with a manufacturer, helped secure further ARPA-E grant funding, and are enabling the team to reach their commercial milestones ahead of a significant fundraise.

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Acorn

Acorn

Acorn is a technology solution developed in-house by Arup, combining controls, logistics and asset management systems with state-of-the-art system architecture to help transport operators achieve the highest standards of operational efficiency, while cutting the costs of procurement, design, installation and maintenance. Delivering Acorn as a standalone venture allows us to change the industry at a scale that wouldn’t be possible as consultant or advisor.

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Artus Air

Artus Air

Artus Air is a company developing hybrid air conditioning units designed to save energy, money and space. Developed in-house and spun-out into a standalone entity in late 2021, the company has raised two rounds of funding and is scaling rapidly. Arup’s multidisciplinary expertise and industry reach has enabled the company to access key customers, and navigate a conservative industry and complex stakeholder environment.

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Neuron Digital

Neuron Digital

Neuron Digital is a company empowering smart buildings with a “digital brain” – a platform that ingests data from buildings and leverages AI to reduce energy consumption, improve system efficiency, and enhance occupant wellbeing. Initially developed by a team of young engineers in Hong Kong for a client project, it has since been spun-out into a standalone entity, with further capital from Venturous Group. Arup’s deep knowledge of the challenges that building owners and operators face has enabled the company to create a product that responds to their immediate and changing needs.

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Discover how our team can help

We work globally and would be delighted to discuss how we might help scale your company.