T-Hub in partnership with Digital Catapult, UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) and Department for International Trade (DIT) will enable the creation of ‘The UK-India VR/AR Sustainability Expert Group’ to boost UK-India collaborations. The partnership will help increase the innovation quotient between the two countries in immersive technology and towards achieving net zero emissions target by 2050. 

There has been an ever-increasing focus on climate change, which requires the deployment of innovation not only in new technologies but also in new ways of implementing existing technologies, new business models, and, importantly, new policy and regulation. This partnership aims to enable a collaborative building of an immersive demo or prototype by the expert group that can be showcased at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) scheduled to be held in Glasgow in November 2021.

A total of ten startups, academic institutes and five corporates as well as sustainability organisations will collaborate in phase one. 

T-Hub and Digital Catapult are scouting five VR/ AR startups and five research institutes in the UK and India. Meanwhile, UK FCDO and DIT are identifying five corporate or sustainability organisations who are engaged in immersive technologies to tackle climate change globally.

The partnership will focus on collating all the relevant research and development factors to overcome global sustainability issues. The R&D research will be submitted to the Department for International Trade, UK Government. In March 2021, a half-day workshop will be conducted for the expert group to agree on themes, discuss project ideas and challenges that immersive technologies can solve. The workshop will also allow all the stakeholders involved in the group to explore possible commercial collaborations. The outcome of this workshop and phase 1 of the project will be a 3-5 page plan for this new UK-India R&D programme, that will be launched in the next financial year if further funding is secured. This R&D programme will have the goal of enabling the collaborative building of an immersive demo / prototype that can be showcased at COP26 in Glasgow in November 2021.

Inviting startups, corporates, climate change organisations, universities, experts and research institutions working in VR/ AR  space. This is your opportunity to take VR/ AR innovation to the next level.


Industrial Manufacturing
Hardware and Accessories
Corporate Learning & Development
Positioning, Gesture, & Eye tracking
Mobile Hardware & Enablement
Video Processing
Developer tools
Camera & Capture Related Technology


4 January 2021
Program Kickoff
15 February 2021
Identify & Engage with Industry, Innovation and Sustainability Stakeholders
15 March 2021
Identify immersive technology startups and scaleups
29 March 2021
Design & Delivery- Immersive & Sustainability - R&D/ Innovation Collaboration Workshop
5 April 2021
Development of Collaboration plan and proposal for COP26


T-Hub enables and empowers an ecosystem hungry for innovation. Based in Hyderabad, India, it leads India’s pioneering innovation ecosystem that powers next-generation products and new business models. It uses the Triple Helix model of innovation based on interaction and collaboration between industry, academia and the government. Incorporated in 2015, it has provided over 1100 national and international startups with access to better technology, talent, mentors, customers, corporates, investors and government agencies. T-Hub also provides thought leadership for Telangana and other state and central government organisations to build innovation ecosystems. It has elevated innovation for leading national and global corporates, transforming enterprise business models for the better. For more information, visit: www.t-hub.co