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Technology Developer Accelerator Programme

Fund Name

Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) Wave 8

Project Length

18 months

Project Value




The Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) is a structured early-stage accelerator programme that supports ambitious micro, small and medium-size enterprises, start-ups or university spinouts with a net-zero emission technology concept that requires additional investment and support to achieve market readiness.

This 18-month programme helps companies develop a robust strategy and business model to identify commercial pathways to market and accelerate progress through grant funding, business mentoring and industry networking opportunities.

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Fund details

  • Business strategy guidance and technology development, delivered over two phases – ‘Market Focus and Technology Validation’
  • Six focus areas supported and delivered by a series of flexible workstream activities and workshops including:
    • Commercialisation strategy and financial planning
    • Intellectual property management
    • Investor readiness
    • New product development
    • Leadership and new venture growth
    • Dissemination, networking and marketing
  • Business and investor mentoring from independent, industry experts
  • Automotive industry networking
  • Peer-to-peer support via a community of like-minded, ambitious businesses
  • Up to £170,000 grant funding split across the two phases. (Any award is subject to Ministerial and His Majesty’s Treasury approval.)


  • Ambitious UK-based micro, small and medium-sized businesses
  • Must have demonstrated the feasibility of the technology concept through modelling or initial prototyping
  • Should be open to exploring routes to market for your technology and be able to evidence that you’ll benefit from programme activities and APC engagement to support this

Eligible technology 

Innovative automotive technology, products and services, that accelerate the transition to net-zero automotive.

Projects that align with one or more of the following strategic UK automotive technologies (see below); or if outside of these you should be able to demonstrate a strong market potential.

Technology areas can include:

  • Batteries, their components, management and integration systems
  • Energy storage and energy management
  • Thermal propulsion systems
  • Fuel cell and associated balance of plant (BoP)
  • Electric machines and power electronics
  • Hydrogen storage and management systems
  • Lightweight vehicle and powertrain structures
  • Manufacturing processes associated with industrialising relevant net-zero technologies
  • Direct recycling methods resulting in the recovery of critical materials
  • Significant reduction in vehicle development timescales
  • Digitalisation leveraged during the design, development, testing, production or in-service phases
  • Connected and Automated Mobility (CAM) where it supports the transition to net-zero

On or off-vehicle technology:

  • Software or hardware technologies
  • Full vehicles (including e-bikes, e-mopeds, etc.) however the technology deployed within the vehicle must be innovative and the application would need to show how the vehicle supports or accelerates the move to zero-emission transport

Over the last seven years, TDAP has: 

  • Supported 100+ companies with over £12.6 million in funding support
    Helped to average a 50% increase in headcount with a predicted forecast of over 1000 new FTE within five years
    Accelerated route to market by an average of 19 months
    Supported businesses to raise over £250 million in private investment and secured commercial agreements
    Advanced technology readiness level to 4/5
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