Beta was commissioned in 2015 to undertake an independent review of an innovative pilot programme initiated by the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC). The Technology Developer Accelerator Programme (TDAP) was aimed at small and medium sized technology developers. The programme supported these businesses to accelerate the uptake of low carbon technologies they had developed into commercial automotive applications.
Beta’s review evaluated how the programme was shaping the businesses and the economic impact that could be realised in the next five to ten years. Beta experts observed the review process and reviewed the direct impacts of the programme on the businesses in areas such as turnover, employment, IP generated and protected and markets identified. The evaluation indicated that there was a positive impact on all the businesses that participated, with some indicating that their development process has been accelerated by up to 6 to 18 months.
The findings from Beta’s evaluation have been used to help shape future programmes.