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Our initiative to seek out new tech companies, providing insight & advice to draw them into the rail supply chain.
Looking nationwide to discover interesting products under development, whether or not they are intended for the rail sector.
Providing an intro to the opportunities for growth & success in rail.
Enticing these new suppliers to bring their best ideas into the rail space.
We launched our 2020 programme in January. We were joined by many colleagues from across the rail & tech sector, as well as Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry who said:
“The Rail Innovation Group’s Start Up Rail programme will help to unleash the potential of UK tech communities to meet national challenges and promote global opportunities for even the newest UK businesses.”
Success of the Start Up Rail scheme will see the creation a self-sustaining flow of new start up talent entering into the rail sector, inspired by the success of their peers.
Nadhim Zahawi MP, Minister for Business and Industry with The Rail Innovation Group’s Deb Carson, Johannah Randall & Liam Henderson
The scheme is targeted at finding rail’s next generation of suppliers, we have to look in the most diverse places & tech clusters.

“As the founder of a start up company in Bristol, the Start Up Rail programme has been invaluable to us in discovering the scale of routes into the rail sector. Many we’d never have known about. The national tour will have a definite impact on the tech communities given the opportunity to engage with the rail market from their own locations.”

Emily Kent, Founder, One Big Circle


The Rail Innovation Group saw that there was a need to create a larger pool of new diverse types of suppliers to help meet rail’s challenges. We created Start Up Rail to seek out new tech companies and show them some of the exciting opportunities in the rail supply chain. Start Up Rail is a national programme, building an engaged tech community through a series of regional events designed to discover innovative suppliers and products under development, whether or not they are intended for the rail sector.

The tech communities we attract are not part of traditional rail supply chain communities, and so by providing an introduction to the opportunities in rail, we nurture these new suppliers into the rail space creating new ideas and broadening the talent pool.


We’re keen to maximise the benefit of the programme across industry so we’re looking for Start Up, SME, Big, Bigger & Really Big partners!

Find out how the programme aligns with the Rail Sector Strategy & government targets to ensure 33% of public spending goes to SME. Download our info pack here or contact us for more information.

We’re looking for partners of all sizes! – Find our about partnerships here:
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