L'Oreal Research and Innovation have teamed up with the Cambridge Network to explore technology start-ups this September & October


Letter from L'Oreal

The UK is one of the most innovative countries in the world – it ranks in the Top 5 in the Global Innovation Index. It is also home to four of the world’s top ten universities – Cambridge, Oxford, UCL and IC. As such the south-east and east of England has been identified by the Open Innovation Department of L’Oréal Research and Innovation as an ideal place to conduct the exploration of innovative deep tech start-ups, and incubators and accelerators.

The Open Innovation Department is working with the Cambridge Network to plan a virtual event during which we hope to meet and engage with selected (start-up/SME) companies during a series of half day events that should take place at the end of September or early October 2021. We are hoping that many of our research colleagues will be in attendance, as well as our business development colleagues.

The event will be an opportunity for you to showcase your organisation’s strengths and technologies, so that we can learn more about the opportunities in deep tech in the south-east and east of England. We are hoping to discover a broad range of technologies and we are particularly keen to explore technologies outside of the cosmetic field. Do not be put off if you think you have nothing to offer cosmetics, as this is very often not the case! These exchanges are extremely rewarding, and previous similar events have led to deeper discussions and collaborations with partners.

We have included an introductory slide-deck, with this email, which will give you an indication of the breadth of technological fields that we are interested in hearing about. 

Open Innovation and Cambridge Network thank you for your interest in participating in this event, which will be held online and will be completely non-confidential.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to get in contact with Cambridge Network, who will either get you the answer you are looking for, or will pass the request onto us - louise.rushworth@cambridgenetwork.co.uk

Key dates

9 July – 2pm

We will host an online webinar for organisations who think that they might have relevant and interesting technology, to hear from us about the project and ask questions. This will be recorded and the recording made available to anyone unable to make the live event.

End of July

We ask that interested organisations submit a one-page submission that provides details of the organisation, a link to your website and a brief overview of the technology you would like to present – this will either be submitted via your network or directly to the Cambridge Network


We will assess the submissions and select a number of organisations to take forward to the on-line Technology Scouting Day

w/c 27 Sept or 4 Oct

On-line Technology Scouting Day, which will combine project updates from us and allow each selected organisation to attend a 1-2-1 meeting (30 mins) with us to discuss your technologies and answer any Q&As

The Cambridge Network team and your Network will provide further details in due course.

We are really looking forward to getting to know you, and your members, better and forge long-term relationships.

Yours sincerely

Steven Perkins and Maryline Paris (for the Open Innovation Department, Europe)