Free Events Programme to Help Bring New Ideas to the Construction Market

Inspired to create a new product or service for the construction market, but don’t know where to start? Join I-Construct for free and they will help you develop your concept into a viable business.

I-Construct has just launched its Enterprise Readiness events programme for innovators and entrepreneurs. This free series will help you get from product or service ideation to business launch. To take part you will need to become an I-Construct member. Membership is 100% free, as the programme is funded by the European Regional Development Fund.

The events programme starts with our 'Build a Better Future' inspiration session, where Richard Davidson, Director at Willmott Dixon, will discuss the challenges facing the industry and the opportunities they create. This is followed by a series of information sessions:

  • A Creative Approach to Problem Solving
  • How to Create Your Business Plan
  • Finding a Customer and Testing Your Ideas
  • Network Like a Boss
  • Managing Your Financial Health
  • Intellectual Property: Adding Value to Your Business

Plus, there are monthly networking opportunities where participants can discuss their ideas and gain support from other I-Construct members. In all, the programme offers over 12 hours of free support.

The programme will be run twice times over the course of 2022, with the first session at the beginning of April. Each information session will be delivered online, while some networking sessions will be hybrid events held online and at the £2.3 million I-Construct Innovation Hub in Essex.

In addition to the Enterprise Readiness events, the I-Construct team regularly hosts talks where experts discuss relevant topics. Members can hear about offsite construction, renewable energy, zero-carbon construction, BIM software, and more.

If this programme is of interest but you are part of an established start-up that’s ready to launch a new product, you may be eligible for support through the I-Construct Market Readiness programme, run with the Building Research Establishment (BRE).

I-Construct is managed by the Haven Gateway Partnership. Project partners include Braintree District Council, BRE (Building Research Establishment), Colchester Institute, and Daedalus Environmental.

Anita Thornberry, Executive Director of the Haven Gateway Partnership says:

“The need for innovation in the construction sector is significant and we know there are many businesses out there with concepts that are relevant to the industry. This programme provides, for free, help in starting up a business as well as access to market plus membership to a construction network that is gaining real traction with the sector. There is nothing for young businesses to lose and everything to gain by participating in this programme.” 

To find out if you or your business are eligible contact the team.


Notes to editors:

The project is receiving up to £3,702,311 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit