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What is SHIFT

We have reached a critical juncture where our cities are facing numerous challenges related to climate adaptation, health outcomes, and economic disparities. SHIFT London emerges as a catalyst, driving a collaborative and world-class response to these issues. 

This living testbed represents a collective shift that we as a society need to make to bring forward a thriving, fair and resilient future to our global communities.  

The SHIFT innovation district works to develop & trial creative solutions focused on three main pillars:  

  • Climate: Are you an innovator tackling the climate emergency? 

  • Mobility: Do you have a sustainable mobility solution? 

  • Health: Can you help improve health and wellbeing in urban areas? 

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SHIFT London, activates collaboration and partnerships to power better urban futures and enhance the lived experience in cities. Through facilitating and coordinating connections between academic institutions, businesses, start-ups, creative clusters, the science and tech community, local residents, and government, we strive to explore innovative solutions and drive positive change.

SHIFT is made manifest through the contribution of its founding partners, who are based in the vibrant Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park:  

  • UAL’s London College of Fashion 
  • Lendlease 
  • University College of London  
  • Loughborough University 
  • Here East 
  • Plexal 
  • London Legacy Development Corporation 


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Opportunities from SHIFT


SHIFT partners with influential stakeholders to cultivate east London into a leading global innovation hub, tackling urban challenges and igniting a brighter future for cities. Explore opportunities to supercharge your business with SHIFT. 

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