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The Future Cities Catapult's mission is to advance urban innovation, to grow UK companies, and to make cities better. It brings together businesses, universities and city leaders so that they can work with each other to solve the problems that cities face.

From its Urban Innovation Centre in London, the Catapult provides world-class facilities and expertise to support the development of new products and services, as well as opportunities to collaborate with others, test ideas and develop business models.

It helps innovators turn ingenious ideas into working prototypes that can be tested in real urban settings. Then, once they’re proven, it helps spread them to cities across the world to improve quality of life, strengthen economies and protect the environment.

The Catapult's Cities Lab provides data analysis, modelling and visualisation capabilities to understand and elucidate city problems, while on-the-ground demonstrators in its network of collaborating cities provide opportunities for testing new approaches in-situ. Combined, they help discover which new ideas can have the biggest impact on our urban environments, including on integrated urban planning, healthy cities and urban mobility.

By bringing together the UK’s top architects, engineers, designers, academics and business professionals, the Catapult helps them transform cities on a global scale, which will strengthen the UK’s ability to turn excellent urban innovations into commercial reality.