Cambridge spinoff selected for Government support in Japan

Member News published by Intralink, under Business Development, Innovation / Incubation, Management, Start ups

An advanced materials spinoff from Cambridge University is amongst four innovative UK firms to have been selected to receive support from the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme to accelerate its plans for expansion in Japan. All four companies offer a range of technologies identified as of high interest to Japanese corporations.

Delivered by international business development consultancy Intralink on behalf of the Government, the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme helps tech scaleups to explore and secure commercial opportunities in 11 countries across Asia Pacific.

Each of the latest four companies to be selected by the programme will benefit from a 10-week, subsidised business development initiative in Japan. As part of this, Intralink’s Tokyo team will carry out detailed research into each company’s potential in the country, as well as engaging potential Japanese customers and partners, facilitating meetings to kick-start commercial discussions and developing a follow-on strategy to build on the exercise.

The companies chosen are:

Accelerated Materials – a Cambridge University spin-off which uncovers new, advanced materials to enhance product development and uses automation and AI to optimise manufacturing processes.

Spaceflux – the developer of a proprietary global network of optical sensors that provide data-driven ‘space situational awareness services’ to help space companies avoid orbital congestion and protect their satellites from the increasing volume of space debris.

Natcap a company that provides a ‘nature intelligence platform’ to help companies measure and manage their interactions with nature.

Brill Power –a developer of an innovative ‘battery intelligence platform’ that combines hardware, software and analytics to increase battery lifespan, predictability, flexibility and sustainability while reducing waste. 

Nicholas Jose, CEO at Accelerated Materials, said: “Japan plays a critical role in the global advanced materials ecosystem, in both ground-breaking discovery and high-precision manufacturing. And with increasing demands for high-performance materials in electronics, localised production and sustainability, the country will be well-positioned to capitalise on these trends. With Intralink, we're breaking ground to provide our advanced reactor and AI technologies for nanoparticle synthesis, opening up new partnerships and markets in Japan.’’

Sebastian Leape, CEO of natcap, said: “Japan has emerged as a global leader in reporting on nature-related issues in its operations and supply chains.  This is an important first step in moving towards a ‘nature positive’ future in which we address the full range of sustainability crises we face.

“Natcap is proud to be serving leading Japanese companies looking to measure nature-related risk and, through the support being provided to us by the UK APAC Tech Growth Programme, we hope to bring our solution to an even wider range of Japanese companies.”

Gavin Cleary, who heads the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme at Intralink, said: “Japan offers huge opportunities for UK innovations– and the latest four companies to join our programme stood out as having particularly suitable technologies.  The range of services we provide is designed to help them realise their potential in Japan and the wider APAC region and we’re happy to have them on board.”

The UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme provides support for UK firms to expand in South Korea, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, Vietnam, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, Indonesia, Australia and New Zealand. Intralink’s teams on the ground in Asia Pacific can identify participants’ business opportunities, provide market entry advice and help them sell their products, forge partnerships and raise investment.

The programme – backed jointly by the UK Government’s Department for Business & Trade and Department for Science, Innovation & Technology– is aimed at scaleups throughout the UK with significant international growth potential.

Companies can find out mroe and apply to be considered for the UK-APAC Tech Growth Programme here (


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